"Burn" as written by and Bruce Cockburn....
The sky is red, I don't understand
Past midnight I still see the land
People are sayin' the woman is damned
She makes you burn with a wave of her hand
The city's a blaze, the town's on fire
The woman's flames are reaching higher
We were fools, we called her liar
All I hear is "Burn!"

I didn't believe she was devil's sperm
She said, "Curse you all, you'll never learn!
When I leave there's no return "
The people laughed till she said, "Burn!"
Warning came, no one cared
Earth was shakin', we stood and stared
When it came no one was spared
Still I hear "Burn!"

You know we had no time
We could not even try
You know we had no time

You know we had no time
We could not even try
You know we had no time

The sky is red, I don't understand
Past midnight I still see the land
People are sayin' the woman is damned
She makes you burn with a wave of her hand
Warning came, no one cared
Earth was shakin, we stood and stared
When it came no one was spared
Still I hear "Burn!"


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"Burn" as written by David Coverdale Ian Anderson Paice

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    General CommentWhat does this song mean to me? Well, it marked a whole new era in Deep Purple was all! And what a helluva debut! Right from the killer opening riff (based - accidentally, according to Blackmore - on "Fascinating Rythym", to Paice's energetic drumming (he drops fills in all over the place) throughout, to Jon Lord's 'signature' Hammond song - this track absolutely lit up the old turntable back in '74!
    Lyrically, it's a bit silly in retrospect, but no more or no less silly than what had been being churned out for years already at that point by any # of other artists, and what's been churned out since. Blackmore was looking for castles & damsels/ dungeons & dragons/devil's daughters & demons type lyrics for the track anyway (like the majority of DP's music back then, the music was usaully created first, then the lyrics would get written) and Coverdale, being brand new in the band & eager to please, provided 4 different sets of lyrics. The alternative that finished 2nd in the selection process was titled "The Road".
    MrEd48on March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentExcellent song- The whole band excels, with Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale alternating on vocals, the expected strong soloing from Jon Lord and Richie Blackmore, and a verse which is backed by Ian Paice giving the drums a good rolling. The lyrics are almost to an Ian Gillan level of silliness, proving that Mk3 Deep Purple didn't lose too much of Mk2's trademarks!
    Dreamer Deceiveron February 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfy fav. purple song! this song is 6 minutes of pure imagination rock at its finest how can this song only have 3 posts?????? coverdele does great singing here and lord is simply amazing with his hammond.
    the second solo is an space tour around the galaxy!
    morse sucks...blackmore return plz
    pieroyinon April 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest song ever
    pieroyinon April 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis indeed is the best Deep Purple song. I wonder why there so few posts.
    DistAmpon December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe all are just astun! :D
    Awesome, awesome song!
    Idanon December 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhitesnake's new DVD opens up with this track...
    Mr Coverdale at his best...Wot a song
    Davey Don February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is HOT!!
    friscleon May 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong about a witch or the daughter of the devil. Apparently no one believed that she was, even though she warned them, and eventually she sets the world ablaze. I guess if you take the song literally.
    Croove55on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIan Paice proves he is the master of all drummers, i could listen to this guy drum all day long. And yeah, by far the greatest song by Deep Purple (dare I say one of the best songs ever? Yeah I do.)
    Nice riffs, that organ thing thats kind of a Purple tradition, and of course, world f*ckin class drumming by Paice.

    Yeah, this song deserves more posts, WAY more posts.
    NeoNaZ21on January 15, 2007   Link

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