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Branwen23 11 Aug 02 - 08:41 PM
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Subject: Songs about fire... need help
From: Branwen23
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 08:41 PM

Hi, all. I'm working on a compilation cd of songs about fire for a special project. I need about ten more songs to complete my list. Here are the songs I have already:

We didn't start the fire
Disco Inferno (burn baby burn)
Fire down Below
Heaven's on fire
The fireman
Fire and Rain
Smoke on the water
Hotter than hell
Blaze of Glory
Beds are burning
Light my fire
Fire on the mountain
Fire on the bayou
Burnin' down the house
Great balls of fire
Hunka Hunka Burnin Love
Touch me, turn me on & Burn me Down
Smoke gets in your Eyes
Standing outside the fire
Burning for you
Smoke from a distant fire



I'm looking for songs that most people would recognize, such as classic rock, popular country, etc. Anything that could refer to fire, a house burning, smoke, etc.

You suggestions are appreciated.


Thanks,
Branwen


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Ebbie
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 08:45 PM

I think it was Mark Graham who wrote a hilarious song called 'It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It'. I'll see if I can find it.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Branwen23
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 08:48 PM

I'm really looking for stuff that's pretty mainstream; I'll need to download the files for the cd from a program like Morpheus or Kazaa.


Branwen


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: JennieG
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 08:54 PM

How about Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash had a hit with that song millions of years ago I believe?
Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 08:57 PM

"This Wheel's on fire" (Julie Driscoll)
London's Burning
Firestarter (Prodigy)
Fire (Crazy world of Arthur Brown)
Fire (Pointer Sisters or Springstein)
Reg: The lonely glowworm (Les Barker)

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 09:45 PM

Fire - Jimi Hendrix
House Burning Down - Jimi Hendrix
Fire - Bruce Springsteen
I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Stewie
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 09:53 PM

'Fire' - Dave Mallett 'Cold Missouri Waters' - James Keelaghan 'The Hubbardville Store' - Jim Ringer

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Peg
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 09:59 PM

Into the Fire by Sarah McLachlan (one of her early hits and a very good one)

Water, Fire and Smoke by Betsy Rose (gorgeous lyrics with a pagan bent)


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: masato sakurai
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 10:27 PM

Keep the Home Fires Burning; sheet music is HERE at the Levy Collection.

When the World's On Fire (RealPlayer file from the Honkingduck site) by The Carter Family; the tune of "This Land Is Your Land" is based on this.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Genie
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 10:28 PM

Baltimore Fire

Fire On The Mountain

Fire (the one sung by The Pointer Sisters)

Face The Fire (Dan Fogelberg)

Kiss Of Fire

Dancing In the Dark (Bruce Springsteen) -- "Can't start a fire ...without a spark..."


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: masato sakurai
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 11:06 PM

Smokey the Bear


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Genie
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 11:15 PM

Put Another Log On The Fire
Set The Woods On Fire - Hank Williams
The Fireship
I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
The Ballad Of The Triangle Fire
Smoke On The Water


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Genie
Date: 11 Aug 02 - 11:16 PM

Sorry, Branwen, I meant that last one to be "Smoke On The Mountain."


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Nancy King
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 12:04 AM

Dolly Parton's "Old Flames" is a favorite of mine.

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 12:31 AM

Amazing--how many of these songs I recognize. I would never have made the connection that there are so many references or images of fire in popular song. Great question.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Branwen23
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 12:54 AM

great suggestions, guys... keep 'em coming.


branwen


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 01:19 AM

They're Burnin' Down The House I Wuz Brung Up In-Elton Britt

She Burnt The Little Roadside Tavern Down-Jimmy Dean


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,Calico
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 01:23 AM

Well, if we're including THAT kind of fire, there's always "My Old Flame."

If you want to include "smoke," there's the classic "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette."


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Callie
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 01:29 AM

"We Started a Fire" - Paul Kelly "Captain Swing" ("all over Dorset the flames are leaping high ...") - Graham Moore (??)


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 01:37 AM

And this one should qualify...

O'LEARY's COW
Recorded by: Johnny Horton
Written by: Dave Stone, Ray Winkler & Leroy Morris

CHORUS

October eighteen seventy-one
That's when this great big fire begun
The windy city was a ball of flame
And O'Leary's cow was the one to blame.

The firemen fought for days on end
They could fight the fire but they couldn't fight the wind
The wind fanned the flames and it started again
And nobody knew if it ever would end.

She kicked up her heels without a hint
Kicked the lantern over and away she went
The world couldn't help but be amazed
How one little cow started such a blaze.

The rich and the poor were both alike
Fightin' and prayin' for their life
Then at last the Lord looked down
And He sent a little rain to the windy town.

The aftermath was a sight to see
The loss of life and property
The people said it was a shame
But O'Lear'y's cow still caught the blame.

CHORUS


and there's THE BROWN's



He Will Set Your Fields On Fire

and the OLDIE about The Schoolhouse Fire


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Yorkshire Tony
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 01:47 AM

The Old Dun Cow Please don't burn our s***house down (Rugby songs) My brother Bill (Corries)


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 01:49 AM

Summer is the season of children and campfires - here are few.

Old Mother Leary
Sowing on the Mountain
Smokey the Bear
Burn Fire Burn

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Genie
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 01:57 AM

The "Old Mother Leary" reference reminded me of one I heard when I was but a teenager:

"Late one night when we were all in bed,
Old Mother Leary took a lantern in the shed.
Cow kicked it over, and this is what she said,
"There'll be a hot time in the old time tonight!"


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 04:33 AM

THE SCHOOL HOUSE FIRE (written by Dorsey Dixon, John Duffy, Pete Roberts) performed by the Country Gentelmen.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 04:46 AM

'young tim McGuire, loved to play with fire..'

i heard someone years ago do a parody of 'Tim McGuire'- it went, 'oh, johnny dirt, loved to wear a skirt'

anyone got the rest of the words please?


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Banjer
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 05:06 AM

The Night They Burned Old Dixie Down


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 06:28 AM

Pass It On.

It only takes a spark to get a fire going...


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Mr Happy
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 07:58 AM

'scarlet town is burning down, goodbye, goodbye'


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 10:31 AM

Wasn't that The Night They DROVE Old Dixie Down???


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 10:50 AM

I found "Tim McGuire" (re--Mr. Happy's post above)looking for his parody. No clue as to tune. Tim McGuire Celtic lyrics site is down, link is to Google cache.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 11:22 AM

Play with Fire - Rolling Stones After the Fire is Gone - Willie Nelson & Tracey Nelson


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Rich_and_Dee
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 11:24 AM

The Proclaimers have a song called "I'm Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down". I think it might be a cover, though?


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: allanwill
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 11:45 AM

Fire in the Engine Room - Richard Thompson.

Go to a site like Tab Robot and type "fire" in the search box - you'll get heaps.

Allan


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Bert
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 02:12 PM

Is your Father in Molly Malone?
Molly cried "He's out" Is your Mother in Molly Malone?
Molly cried "She's out"
Then I'll come in by the fire
and sit there alone with you.
Cried sweet Moll with a smile
hold your wish for a while
for the fire's out too!


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,Arjay
Date: 12 Aug 02 - 03:22 PM

I just remembered a song that Teresa Brewer recorded back in the early 1950s called "The Moon Is On Fire." It's a kind of latin beat and I still think it's a pretty good song, as pop songs of that genre go. This may not help you in your quest if you're not familiar with the song, but I just thought I'd throw it onto the wood pile, as it were.

RJ


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: open mike
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 02:55 AM

There's an old campsong we used to sing-- it goes: Rise up old flame, by thy light glowing, show to us beauty, vision and joy.

I think it may be a round... perhaps only recognizeable by girl scouts, though.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 10:03 AM

Ho-Hum!

Throw another log on the fire


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,cherylee
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 10:50 AM

Burn Down the Mission (Elton John)

What's the traditional song..."Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home...your house is on fire and your children will burn." Always scared the heck outta me when I was a kid.

Lots o' good suggestions above; gotta add how much I love "Settin' the Woods on Fire" by Hank Williams. Mary Kay Place did a great version of it on her album as the country singer character on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." What was her name? Loretta?


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Hecate
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 11:29 AM

Didn't Status Quo have something called 'Burning Bridges"? Light my fire - the doors. You will burn (Now there's a grim little song.)


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Genie
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 06:22 PM

Loretta Haggers


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Banjer
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 06:33 PM

I guess it was DROVE and not burnt...(Ref the post somewhere back up there. I stand corrected. I guess I was thinking of the burning of Atlanta and it got turned around into a wrong song title....


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,wmharloe@aol.com
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 09:16 PM

I'm looking to fine a song and singer that was in the late 1960's thAT S started like Fire, fire, i bring you fire. Can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 13 Nov 03 - 09:48 PM

Spike Jones's version of My Old Flame - slightly different... :-)


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: nancyjo
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 02:59 PM

All from the group ALABAMA -
Old Flame
See the Embers, Feel the Flame
Burn, Georgia, Burn
(There's a) Fire in the Night
Dixie Fire


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 03:26 PM

Could it be "Fire" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown? ("I am the god of hell fire -- and I bring you . . .")


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 03:57 PM

"Campfire's Burning"


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:07 PM

The Day the Pub Burnt Down. And the Old Dun Cow see Old Dung Cow

The first one is an NZ story (in the DT) - don't believe the stories of it being Aussie - they don't have Moreporks in West Island.

There was a thread about it maybe 3 or 4 years back.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Cluin
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:07 PM

Iam Tamblyn's Campfire Light"

Tamarack's (James Gordon's) The Huntsville Fire


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:10 PM

there is a Campfire Songs thread

- dare I mention log in?


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Cluin
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:15 PM

You mean "Put Another Log in the Fire"?


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:20 PM

Would Smoke Gets In Your Eyes qualify?

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 04:25 PM

The group Schooner Fare sings a song about a boat filled with circus animals and people that catches fire. I think it's called "The Jolly Tar". Great song!


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 07:09 PM

If you don't mind a serious one about a real fire, "Cold Missouri Waters" by James Keelaghan.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: mg
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 08:10 PM

can't remember if these have been suggested:

Fires of Calais by James Kellaghan also.
Hearth and Fire, Gordon Bok
Fire Marengo??
Burning Ring of Fire
Round the campfires embers burning bright.
a song about a miner who became a logger and saved his fellow loggers
Sandybob of Mudcat has written a great one about a grass fire


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: mg
Date: 14 Nov 03 - 11:04 PM

did anyone say London's burning?

g


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: cetmst
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 06:44 AM

Eric Bogle's Bushfire


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Gareth
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 08:12 AM

Then there is this verse from Tom Lehrer's

My Home Town

"I remember Sam, he was the village idiot,
And though it seems a pity, itWas so.
He loved to burn down houses just to watch the glow,
And nothing could be done,
Because he was the mayor's son. "


Gareth


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 08:28 AM

On the subject of Tom Lehrer:

Oh, we will all burn together when we burn.
There'll be no need to stand and wait your turn.
When it's time for the fallout
And Saint Peter calls us all out,
We'll just drop our agendas and adjourn.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: open mike
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 12:08 PM

Michelle Schocked has one about the Volunteer Fire Dept.
VFD--and some kids who were playing with matches..
it is was re-released in september
http://www.michelleshocked.com/shortsharp.htm
http://www.pastemusic.com/michelleshocked
http://entertainment.msn.com/artist/?artist=107734


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 01:53 PM

Darlin Corey
"He's gonna burn your still house down"


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Nov 03 - 05:37 PM

are we all aware that many are answering the original question from 1½ years ago? That's ok, I guess, but someone refreshed this to ask a different question which is getting mostly ignored....


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,fred
Date: 16 Nov 03 - 02:03 PM

songs of fire ; the old dung cow or mcintyre
a group of firemen from dublin called mcintyre sometimes sing it


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Forsh
Date: 16 Nov 03 - 02:19 PM

Teanage Cremation!! :{D>


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Cluin
Date: 16 Nov 03 - 05:48 PM

BillD, ClaireBear above already answered that question, I lay odds... to wit this song.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,BelaHedgehog
Date: 21 Nov 03 - 06:46 PM

"We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 22 Nov 03 - 04:33 AM

"Tim McQuire" by Leon Rosselson( which has been mentioned previously) is a very well crafted - and very funny -song. If you are a songwriter, and want to hear a master at work, you must hear Leon - he'll inspire you.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,sumguy
Date: 20 May 04 - 12:09 AM

Light my fire, by the doors


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST
Date: 20 May 04 - 04:29 PM


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,aussie_scotty
Date: 21 May 04 - 09:01 AM

Cheap trick - The flame
Bloodhound gang - The roof is on fire
Prodigy - Firestarter
Cold Chisel - Flame trees


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 May 04 - 04:55 PM

"The group Schooner Fare sings a song about a boat filled with circus animals and people that catches fire. I think it's called "The Jolly Tar". Great song!"

This song is correctly titled "The Royal Tar," a circus steamer which caught fire and sank in Penobscot Bay in the mid 19th century.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 May 04 - 10:46 AM

Guest Fred: That's "The Old *Dun* Cow" (refers to its color, not its usefulness a source of fertilizer), by Harry Wincoutt 1893.

"London Mourning in Ashes", a 17th-century broadside ballad describing the Great Fire of 1666, is on Ewan MacColl's record FW 3043.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: rich-joy
Date: 24 May 04 - 02:32 AM

Does anyone have the lyrics to Betsy Rose's "Water, Smoke and Fire" as mentioned earlier in this thread???

Thanks.

Cheers! R-J



re fire songs ": what about Paul Kelly's theme to the current ABC-TV (Oz) drama series "FireFlies" ...


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: erinmaidin
Date: 24 May 04 - 05:52 AM

Leonard Cohen's "Joan of Arc"


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,GUEST, Bob Lilley
Date: 24 May 04 - 11:40 AM

Just over a week ago, the Cross Keys pub in Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, was half destoyed by fire, fortunately with no casualties unless you count the Grade 1 listed building itself. But the singers' session that met there is now looking for a new home.

Perhaps I should learn all these songs...


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 May 04 - 04:03 PM

My favorite arson blues was composed for my working draft of the Housing and Neighborhood Organizing Songbook after I remarked that there was lots of arson in evidence but no songs:

Original Words & Music by Paul Emery © 1982
Adapted by Charlie Ipcar - 1993

Arson?s Just Business


Baby, you won?t believe it,
How someone could come around;
Take our house,
Just burn it down;
Old landlord?s standing by the fire trucks,
Over there with the police,
Over here the kids are standing in a puddle,
Hell, it?s nighttime in the streets.

They all say they?re sorry,
But there?s nothing they can do;
Happens all the time, LA, Chicago,
New York, it?s nothing new;
They all got insurance
And that?s the lucky thing;
Ain?t no way to catch them bastards,
Come and done this thing.

Chorus:

They?ll burn down the whole damn city,
Get paid their share;
What the hell?s the difference, ain?t no reason
For us to be staying here;
Ain?t no jobs left,
Just booze, junkies and welfare;
Arson?s just business,
Business, it don?t care.

You know, this building,
Wasn?t worth much anyway;
You remember how the wind blew, Baby,
How the curtains you put up would sway?
Got so cold, sometimes,
We?d all sleep together in one bed;
Burnt up everything we had,
Thank God, no one?s dead.

When you come home, Baby,
We can drive on down the street;
Of course, by then all the ashes
Will be covered up with weeds;
The thing is, it really scares me,
All the hope and love that burnt up there;
Thirty years of our life,
We tried to raise a family there...

The songwriter, Paul Emery of Michigan whose house did catch fire and whose vintage Gibson guitar recovered from extensive third degree burns, had this to say about his song:


Losing your place is bad when it?s an accident but it?s especially hard to deal with if you know some fucker?s got paid to do it and that he?s just some minor pawn in the economic arrangement that?s responsible for you standing in the street.

Warm regards,
Landlady's Daughter


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,b
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 04:22 PM

does anyone know that reggae song that goes fire fire we dun need no water? wat is it called


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about fire... need help
From: GUEST,A Van Halen ultra-fan
Date: 26 May 05 - 01:17 PM

The best of the bunch would be:

Van Halen - On Fire
Van Halen - Fire In The Hole
David Lee Roth - Baby's on Fire
Rye Coalition - One Daughter Hotter Than One Thousand Suns
Jimi Hendrix - Fire


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