"Fire Of Unknown Origin" as written by and Roeser/bouchard/bouchard/bloom/smith....
Death comes sweeping through the hallway, like a lady's dress
Death comes driving down the highway, in it's Sunday best

A fire of unknown origin took my baby away
A fire of unknown origin took my baby away

Swept to ruin off my wavelength, swallowed her up
Like the ocean in a fire, so thick and gray

A fire of unknown origin took my baby away
A fire of unknown origin took my baby away

Death comes driving, I can't do nothing! Death goes.
There must be something, there must be something that remains
Something something

A fire of unknown origin took my baby away
A fire of unknown origin took my baby away

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    General CommentThat's true in a sense. But I really think it's more specific; only about one of those mysterious causes of death, which would have to be spotaneous human combustion. Any other guesses, folks? Good tune, you know.
    OS Was Hereon June 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't know but it feels like the death was an accident yet he believes that he could've prevented it?
    Lion2Hearton December 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDeath comes driving makes me think a car accident.
    youbastardson May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics were written by Patti Smith, I believe she wrote the song about Jim Morrison's death
    BOCfanon September 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA song makes me think about a man who lost his girlfriend in a fire that came from nowhere, and he's eaten up with guilt over his helplessness in the situation. He was there, she was his, he was supposed to defend her and protect her, and the fire came and took her away.
    Nate556on February 18, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me it seems more like the song is talking about some type of disease. The fire of unknown origin referring to both the disease, as well as the fever caused by it. "Like the ocean in a fire, so thick and gray." Often times the skin of a person near death can take on a grey pallor. The song depicts the events as being something that seems to come out of nowhere at all, and afterward leaves the survivor of the deceased thinking there was something that could have been done to prevent it. "I should have seen it coming! I should have made her go to the hospital sooner! There must have been something I could have done..." is a very common line of thought in a situation like this.
    Rurikon July 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it might have to do with UFOs. The lyrics aren't very specific but the music somehow sounds... science fiction-ish, and knowing BÖC, it's very well possible. She's killed by aliens (maybe because she knew too much) and he suspects something is wrong, goes looking for answers but finds nothing.
    Noilenon July 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy theroy, I believe this song ties into the album (or part of it), some kind of disease or "fire" spreads across the planet and is started by aliens(or something). Burning for you is the beginning of a global catastrophe and time is a factor(meanwhile he is mourning). Then Veteran of the Psychic Wars is he's trying to stop the disease or fire (or aliens) and he can't stop it (the song seems to make references to war with aliens and Burnin for You is about no home left, no reason to fight, but livin to give the devil his due) Then in Sole Survivor he's the only one left from whatever happened and he's all alone. then in Heavy Metal maybe he contemplates life or something. He seeks revenge in Vengence (The Pact) or makes a promise of revenge against whatever happened or whoever caused it (maybe anti-government?) then after that, got me.
    DesertHyenaon November 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about aliens because of the line fire of an unknown origin took my baby away (which is his girl friend or something)and the fire of an unknown origin is probally a UFO with some weird fire at the bottom to kkep it up or sumtin any ways that jusy my opinion try not to rat me out I`m only 10
    floydfan123on January 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me... a song about unknown causes of death.
    TekFoxon June 04, 2003   Link

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