Every morning when I wake, a feeling soon begins to overtake me.
Ringing in my ears resounds through my brain; it finally surrounds me.
There is fire, there is life, there is passion, fever and fury.
There is love and there is hate, there is longing, anger and worry.

Oh, I have a flame; feel it touch my heart.
And down at my core is the hottest part.
I can burn without fuel.

If it should become too cold, I know I can endure the frostbite.
Oh, a blanket then I'll wrap around me; I keep myself so close to my side.
No one then can cause me harm, just as the river runs into the sea.
Cause every day, your fire alarm is deafening the silence all around me.


It is burning.
It is burning.

You can trust me; we can laugh. Together we can share our sorrow.
I will give you secrets too, an attitude that you may borrow.
Gypsy woman said to me, "One thing you must bear in your mind:
You are young and you are free, but damned if you're deceased in your own lifetime."

Oh, you have a flame; feel it in your heart.
And down at the core is the hottest part.
We can burn without fuel.

It is burning.
It is burning.

Lyrics submitted by yezzir

"The Core" as written by Marcy Levy Eric Patrick Clapton

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentNo comments? This is Clapton's most explosive and fiery song, cowritten with and featuring co-lead vocal by Marcy Levy a.k.a. Marcella Detroit. This song simply blows me away.
    mbrachmanon March 27, 2016   Link
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    General CommentMan, for the days of album rock stations that would play a 9 minute song without a second thought simply because it was a most righteous jam. I remember driving around with my buddies and when this song came on, we'd just shut up and rock with it.

    I dunno -- fire of life, fire of love, how much more the intensity when life and love are one. I think that last line sums it up:

    You are young and you are free but damned if you're deceased in your own life time.

    This song makes me think of being young and alive and just realizing how much you love the person standing next to you just as they realize the same, and all the promises you want to make because you ARE young, you ARE free, and the fire you feel because of it needs no other source than that.
    andro11592on January 27, 2017   Link
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    General Commentmbrachman: The Core IS an excellent song and performance, and I’m not sure if it’s really his most fiery, explosive song of his (solo) career, but just the fact that it could even be considered in such a way speaks to just how BORING a solo career he has had. A lot of quality stuff and he’s a great guitarist but just so low key... some of it is really close to easy listening. And it seems he’s capable of exciting music if Cream and Layla are any indication, but some of his solo stuff is just downright dull.
    force263on February 28, 2018   Link
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    General CommentI have clue what this song means. It seems to jump all over the place. Any thoughts on this.?
    Guidamediaon July 22, 2016   Link

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