"Fire on the Mountain" as written by and Americo "rickey"/slatkin Marino....
Took my family away from our Carolina home
Had dreams about the west and started to roam
Six long months on a dust covered trail
They say heaven's at the end
But so far it's been hell

And there's fire on the mountain
Lightening in the air
Gold in them hills and it's waiting for me there

We were digging and shifting from five to five
Selling everything we found just to stay alive
Gold flowed free like the whiskey in the bars
Sinning was the big thin Lord
And Satan was the star

And there's fire on the mountain
Lightening in the air
Gold in them hills and it's waiting for me there

Dance hall girls were the evening treat
Empty cartridges and blood lined the gutters of the street
Men were shot down for the sake of fun
Or just to hear the noise of their 44 guns

And there's fire on the mountain
Lightening in the air
Gold in them hills and it's waiting for me there

Now my widow, she weeps by my grave
Tears flow free for her man she couldn't save
Shot down in cold blood by a gun that carried fame
All for a useless and no good worthless claim

And there's fire on the mountain
Lightening in the air
Gold in them hills and it's waiting for me there

Fire on the mountain
Lightening in the air
Gold in them hills and it's waiting for me there
Waiting for me there


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"Fire on the Mountain" as written by George Mccorkle

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    General CommentSong of my childhood.
    MTB is so underrated.

    My guess is its about the gold rush in california and the hardships faced.
    colleen2221on June 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYes thats the exact meaning. Great song.
    MuffHawkon February 25, 2010   Link
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    MemoryFirst off, how disappointing the publishers are being typical of the music industry and failing to realize that it's bad to try to skrew over the fans.
    That being said, I have memories about this song. Some time ago, a long long while back (well, maybe not that long), something sparked fragment of a memory, a couple notes of a song that I once heard but couldn't remember. I spend a few years actively listening to the radio (this was before the Internet as we know it, not that it would have helped) trying to figure out which song, based on one or two half-remembered notes. It was starting to drive me crazy.
    Then ... Success! I heard the opening steel-guitar riff and knew I'd found it.
    Some months or years later, I learned the Marshal Tucker Band would be in concert at the County Fair that year. Not going into my motivation, I got permission from my parents to take the bus to the fair, though -- I was probably about 10 or 12 at the time -- I had to be home by 8pm. Fates be darned, that was when the concern was scheduled to start. A normally obedient child, I decided whatever trouble I would get into would be worth the risk.
    Unfortunately, the audience that began to fill the auditorium could best be described as looking like Hell's Angels bikers. Probably nice people, but as a scared little boy alone at the fair, I decided it was best to head home. I would miss my deadline, but not too much. An explaination that I missed my bus (not untrue) plus reasonable parents meant I didn't get in trouble. I did manage to hear snippets of the song I came to hear as I waited for the bus.
    Flash forward to adulthood, my music tastes have shifted somewhat, and I realize there's still some "need-to-get" music missing from my collection. Normally, I try to get full albums instead of "Best Of"s, but for Marshall Tucker, it was all I could find. Sadly, I was disappointed. "Fire on the Mountain" is still a beautiful song, but almost all the others I don't care for at all.

    As for the meaning, lyrically it seems pretty straight-forward. Gold-rush/Western era, a man has hopes for himself and his family on the frontier, but ends up murdered. Musically, though, it's fantastic.
    voiceofheroldon February 09, 2012   Link

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