Song Lyric Sunday – Girl on Fire

Great prompts for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams.  Cool, Freeze, Heat and Melt. There will be a lot of interesting songs chosen today. My pick is Girl on Fire from the fantastic and very talented Alicia Keys.

Girl on Fire” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys for her fifth studio album of the same name. Keys co-wrote and co-produced the R&B ballad with Jeff Bhasker and Salaam Remi. The song contains an interpolation of the drums from the 1980 song “The Big Beat” by American rock guitarist Billy Squier, who received a writing credit on “Girl on Fire”. Released on September 4, 2012, as the lead single from the album of the same name, “Girl on Fire” is Keys’ first release under RCA Records following the closure of J Records, after a reorganization at Sony Music Entertainment.

“Girl on Fire” was inspired by Keys’ giving birth to her son Egypt and marriage to husband Swizz Beatz. Keys recorded a three-track suite for the song, consisting of the main version in addition to two remixes. The first remix, titled “Inferno”, adds two new verses from American hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, whilst the second mix titled “Bluelight” strips back the drums and piano leaving a sparse bass-led production and re-recorded “smokey” vocals. “Girl on Fire” opened to extremely positive reviews from critics, with many praising Keys’ vocals and the song’s production. Keys performed “Girl on Fire” for the first time at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2012, where she was joined by Minaj and American gymnastics gold-medalist Gabby Douglas. The song has sold over 4 million paid downloads in the United States.

The following January Alicia Keys changed the word slightly and performed the song as “Obama is on Fire” and played it at his second inauguration.


She's just a girl, and she's on fire
Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway
She's living in a world, and it's on fire
Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away
Oh, she got both feet on the ground
And she's burning it down
Oh, she got her head in the clouds
And she's not backing down

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire

Looks like a girl, but she's a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you'll never forget her name
She's on top of the world
Hottest of the hottest girls say
Oh, we got our feet on the ground
And we're burning it down
Oh, got our head in the clouds
And we're not coming down

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire

Everybody stands, as she goes by
Cause they can see the flame that's in her eyes
Watch her when she's lighting up the night
Nobody knows that she's a lonely girl
And it's a lonely world
But she gon' let it burn, baby, burn, baby

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire
Oh, oh, oh,
She's just a girl, and she's on fireWriter/s: Jeff Bhasker, Alicia Augello-Cook, Salaam Remi, Billy Squire, Nicki Minaj
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Spirit Music Group
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

  11 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Girl on Fire

  1. June 28, 2020 at 9:44 am

    A great song that celebrated achievements of women everywhere and the parody that credits Obama is pretty cool. I think you are right about this prompt bringing out a lot of interesting songs today Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 28, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks so much Jim. I can think of a lot of songs. Great prompts! ☺️

  2. June 28, 2020 at 10:52 am

    YESSSSS! Love Alicia Keys! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      June 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Yes, what’s not to like ☺️💕

  3. June 28, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Fan-freaking-tastic! <3. Absolutely love this song.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 28, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Jilly. It’s a great song ☺️

  4. June 28, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Great song! Alicia Keys is amazeballs.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 28, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      She certainly is! I’m happy you liked it ☺️

  5. June 28, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I was just listening to this last night – brilliant track!

  6. June 28, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Fantastic song and video! I really like the scenes with the family. I’m sure I’ve heard it before, but didn’t remember who sang it. Thanks so much. 🙂

  7. July 3, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Awesome choice, Christine, and kudos for this version! 😉👍

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