"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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