"Fire" as written by Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Peter Ker and Michael Finesilver....
I am the god of hell fire, and I bring you!
Fire, I'll take you to burn.
Fire, I'll take you to learn.
I'll see you burn!

You've fought hard and you saved and earned,
But all of it's going to burn.
And your mind, your tiny mind,
You know you've really been so blind.
Now's your time, burn your mind,
You're falling far too far behind.
Oh no, oh no, oh no, you're gonna burn!

Fire, to destroy all you've done.
Fire, to end all you've become.
I'll feel you burn!

You've been living like a little girl,
In the middle of your little world.
And your mind, your tiny mind,
You know you've really been so blind.
Now's your time, burn your mind,
You're falling far too far behind.
Oooooooooooooo.

Fire, I'll take you to burn.
Fire, I'll take you to learn.

You're gonna burn!
You're gonna burn!
You're gonna burn!
Burn, burn, burn, burn, burn,
Burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, ahhhhhhhhh

Fire, I'll take you to burn.
Fire, I'll take you to learn.
Fire, I'll take you to burn.
Fire, fire ahhhhh...


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"Fire" as written by Joseph Jackson Dennis Brown

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    General CommentI think this song is a warning to a girl that had it all, but is now on the wrong path (possibly drug use), and he is warning her that she is on the way to eternal damnation in the firey pits of Hell.
    richieon April 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is somehow eliciting the words of the devil. He patiently awaits all the sinners on earth, who will be purged in the hell fires. Stongly anti-consumerism and capitalism, all of humans who work hard, save and earn, shall still be immolated before the devil for their greed and power mongering. `youre gonna burn, fire to destroy all youve done, become....`
    shauncreaneyon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIm want 2 b cremated with this blaring out at my funeral :)
    swifty17on October 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe last line should be "I'll take you to bed", which clears up the ambiguosity for me. It's about Arthur Brown getting some hot chick all lusty for him and changing her limited world view. Case closed.
    greensheepon December 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentArthur Brown said so himself that "Fire" is about the God of Hellfire, it was one of his many mythological gods for the album. He said it really had no other meaning than it being about literally, the God of Hellfire.
    Alice Cooperon January 29, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Fire" is a 1968 song by Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker. Performed by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, it was released as a single and on the band's debut album, also called The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The single made #1 in the UK (in August 1968) and Canada. In October, it made #2 in the US Billboard charts and #19 in Australia. It also made number 6 in the Netherlands. "Fire" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
    The song is an example of the psychedelic rock of the period, though its lack of guitars distinguished it from many of its contemporaries. The lead instrument in this case was Vincent Crane's Hammond electronic organ, augmented by an orchestral section featuring prominent brass. The singer's opening proclamation of himself as "the god of hellfire" became a lasting epithet.
    During live performances and in the black and white promotional television clip, Brown performed the song wearing a burning helmet. The helmet was improvised with a leather skull cap onto which was bolted a metal dish that held lighter fluid or petrol. As the cap was not insulated, the heat from the burning fuel quickly conducted through the fixing bolt to the top of Brown's head, causing him considerable pain.
    Two studio mixes of "Fire" have been officially released, one in stereo and one in mono. The mono mix features no brass. Both versions are included on the CD reissue of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The single B-side, "Rest Cure", was another track from the album.
    Credit for the composition of "Fire" on the original vinyl single was to Arthur Brown and Vincent Crane only; however, Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker successfully sued for co-credit and royalties based on melodic similarities to their song "Baby, You're a Long Way Behind".
    The song is briefly featured in the films Hot Fuzz (2007) and The Boat That Rocked (2009). It is also referenced in Julie Hearn's debut novel Follow Me Down. It was used in the episode Burn Victim of My Name Is Earl.
    sepultura1987on November 01, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationOnce a guy posted this song to me. I knew enough! I had wasted my chances! I could not admit that he and I was for real at that point and I needed a little more time so I tried to denied all we had when he indirectly asked me for for a confession.
    Weak but just like this song says: I have learned. And yes It feels like a F##%$ curse, because i can't let go of him still after almost 3 years! It's a briliant song!

    I strongly think that this song is about a girl he loved.....
    smaragdon May 18, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAlong with "Race With the Devil" by Gun (released the same year), "Fire" will have influenced a lot of other "doom" songs by heavy metal bands. The "God of Hellfire" is presumably influenced by Christian hell and the Devil. I think like a lot of heavy metal, the song is supposed to provide a bit of a "scare-thrill" with all the talk about burning people with hellfire, but like people have said, the verses indicate the song is about people who are living in dream worlds, thinking they're going to live forever etc. I guess it's rather violent though of course it's perfectly true that everybody's possessions eventually wear away along with their lives.
    AndrewZealon August 12, 2015   Link

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