"Girl On Fire" as written by Onika Tanya Maraj, Alicia J. Augello-cook, Billy Squier, Jeffrey Bhasker and Salaam Remi....
She's just a girl, and she's on fire
Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway
She's living in a world, and it's on fire
Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away
Oh, she got both feet on the ground
And she's burning it down
Oh, she got her head in the clouds
And she's not backing down

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire

Looks like a girl, but she's a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you'll never forget her name
She's on top of the world
Hottest of the hottest girls say
Oh, we got our feet on the ground
And we're burning it down
Oh, got our head in the clouds
And we're not coming down

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire

Everybody stands, as she goes by
Cause they can see the flame that's in her eyes
Watch her when she's lighting up the night
Nobody knows that she's a lonely girl
And it's a lonely world
But she gon' let it burn, baby, burn, baby

This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire
Oh, oh, oh,
She's just a girl, and she's on fire

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"Girl on Fire" as written by Alicia Augello-cook Jeff Bhasker

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  • +2
    Song FactFrom Alicia Keys herself:

    "Dear Fam,I’m so honored to share my fifth studio album, Girl On Fire, with all of you. WOW!!! What a journey!! Over the last two years, I’ve given my all to the songs and sounds that make up this album— I took myself out of my “comfort zone”, collaborated with artists across different genres, and took control of my life in a way I never had before. And with every step I took, you all inspired me to pour my heart into every beat, and my soul into every lyric.Girl On Fire is about new beginnings, new perspectives and fresh starts. It’s about finding your own inner strength and channeling it in a way you’ve never tried before. To be “on fire” is to allow yourself the freedom to take full control of who you are and how you want to live your life. To live your passion and shine your light unabashedly!! It’s that moment you choose to claim your power and be extraordinary!With this album, I hope to empower you in the way you have me… I hope to move you to be your own phenomenal self in life. Thank you for your tremendous support throughout my career and for being a part of my journey as an artist. I’m so proud to share Girl On Fire with you all. I can’t contain the flame!!!! Never contain yours!!!"
    moosequestrianon February 07, 2017   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this is about female powers. When you look at the video, you can see a woman cleaning the household, caring for kids, cooking food, etc. without a man coming along to help. Most probably she is a single mother. So the song is about emancipation, about being able to do everything, even alone.

    Any woman who has a single mother or has raised kid herself will know what I'm talking about. There is always so much to do, you feel like it's consuming yourself, like fire. And then, in the evening, when the kids are asleep, there are those quiet, lonely minutes, where you are totally broken up and just want to cry, feeling burned out. But your not, you will get up the other day and do it all over again, because the flame has not vanished in your eyes. A strong girl, strong woman, who will make it, even on her own. Love that song.
    frozenvirus85on January 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi think it's about girl power and how she is strong on the inside even if people let her down
    you107845on April 23, 2013   Link
  • +1

    Answer from Alicia Keys herself
    Katiebudgeton July 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWhat I think is, you can always shine in this world, no matter how lonely you are, if you don't have support from family and friends, it's who YOU are, not who the others are.
    LilaGabbyon January 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"But she gon' let it burn, baby, burn, baby
    This girl is on fire"

    This song is about a bladder infection. Or maybe gonorrhea. Does chlamydia burn?
    slappytrkyon January 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like its about a ditzy party girl with her head in the clouds, burning up the night.
    tsortoreon February 23, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionEverytime I hear this song all I can think is, "WOW Alicia Keys is full of herself."
    linangel85on February 10, 2013   Link

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