"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
  • 0
    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 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 CommentNow that we've all established that this is a brilliant song, what is this song all about? I have a faint idea that it is about a woman that was being mistreated. Was a good as a angel and due to dispair she turned evil and her hatred showed through the fire that was 'burning' through cities.
    saawanjon January 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry for all...
    but who cares about the meanings ?
    this song is the best rock song ever made in the the history !!!
    what a masterpiece ( when there's blackmore / paice and lord , a depth man can cry to the harmony provided by these 3 geniuses )
    deep sabbathon October 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't it about the nuclear bomb being dropped over Hiroshima - the woman is the place 'Enola Gay'? Or is that too obvious?
    Wyrmon August 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentplane, not place!
    Wyrmon August 20, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentreally good tune
    Ben2k9on October 13, 2004   Link
  • -1
    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
  • -1
    General Commentbest song ever
    pieroyinon April 05, 2005   Link

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