Song Lyric Sunday – Smoke

This week Jim Adams, our host of Song Lyric Sunday, has prompted us with Burn/Fire/Flame. I have chosen and old favorite that still sounds great – Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple. It has a memorable intro. The song was released in 1973 and there is a backstory. Roger Glover the bass guitarist, dreamed of a fire and several days later it eerily came true while the band was recording in Monreux, Switzerland, just ahead of the Music Festival. If you are interested in reading it, click here

I hope you enjoy it!

Lyrics

Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
 
We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn't have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
Smoke on the water

They burned down the gambling house
It died with an awful sound
Funky Claude was running in and out
Pulling kids out the ground
When it all was over
We had to find another place
But Swiss time was running out
It seemed that we would lose the race

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
Smoke on the water
We ended up at the Grand hotel
It was empty cold and bare
But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside
Making our music there
With a few red lights and a few old beds
We make a place to sweat
No matter what we get out of this
I know we'll never forget

Smoke on the water, fire in the sky
Smoke on the water

Songwriters: Ritchie Blackmore / Ian Gillan / Roger D Glover /
Jon Lord / Ian Paice
Smoke On The Water lyrics Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
 

  17 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Smoke

  1. April 7, 2019 at 10:36 am

    This is such a great song that I have not listened to in a while. I like that line in it that says, “But Swiss time was running out”, because the Swiss are known for making great clocks and watches and Montreux is a municipality in Switzerland and I think this song is about the Montreux Jazz Festival.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      Yes Jim. The fire happened in Montreux. The story was quite interesting epecially the foreboding dream.

  2. April 7, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Love it!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Paula πŸ™‚

  3. April 7, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Old Gold. It takes me back to another time. Great choice, Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Lisa. I love these prompts, don’t you?

  4. April 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Love this song! First time heard it was when we were in Germany, and we bought the album. Unforgettable intro for sure! πŸ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Yes, it’s mazing. One of my favorites from the 70s. βœŒοΈπŸ™‚

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Yes, it’s amazing. One of my favorites from the 70s. βœŒοΈπŸ™‚

  5. April 7, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Deep Purple is the best!! The beginning is classic.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      Yes it is! I love it πŸ™‚

  6. April 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    A true classic! I love that the song is based on a true story.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much Mary. Yes, I love the backstory. I had no idea! πŸ™‚

  7. April 7, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Excellent choice for the prompt! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

    • Christine Bolton
      April 7, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Felicia πŸ™‚

  8. April 7, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, I’d forgotten about this one. Thanks for the memories.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 8, 2019 at 12:09 am

      You’re welcome. I’m happy you liked it πŸ™‚

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