"Burnin' For You" as written by Donald Roeser and R Meltzer....
Home in the valley
Home in the city
Home isn't pretty
Ain't no home for me

Home in the darkness
Home on the highway
Home isn't my way
Home will never be

Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I can't see no reason to put up a fight
I'm living for giving the devil his due

And I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you

Time is the essence
Time is the season
Time ain't no reason
Got no time to slow

Time everlasting
Time to play b-sides
Time ain't on my side
Time I'll never know

Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I'm not the one to tell you what's wrong or what's right
I've seen signs of what freezing their eyes went through

Well I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you

Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I can't see no reason to put up a fight
I'm living for giving the devil his due

And I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you

I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you
I'm burning, I'm burning, I'm burning for you


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"Burnin' for You" as written by R Meltzer Donald Roeser

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  • +8
    General CommentOkay crack a book. I cant find any acknowledgment of this but The song was obviously written about the book "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac. Its about two guys during the late fifties who spent a lot of time bumming around the country getting into a lot of different shit, doing drugs, and lookin for love. Kerouac even wrote a fictional song that appears in the book at a couple points.... the lyrics are
    "Home in Missoula,
    Home in Truckee,
    Home in Opelousas,
    Ain't no home for me,

    Home in old Medora,
    Home in Wounded Knee,
    Home in Ogallala,
    Home I'll never be"
    Besides the fact that The opening lyrics of Burnin for You are obviously a rewrite of Kerouac song, the two main characters spend a lot of time waxing philosophic about a lot of things, including TIME, and one of them(Dean Moriarty) has something of a catchphrase. He says "WE KNOW TIME" about 2 dozen times throughout the book. and these guys seem to like to write songs about books. I mean Dont fear the reaper was written about Stephen King's The Stand- and that is proven.
    randy91on March 13, 2010   Link
  • +6
    General CommentDude, whoever submitted this song is full of crap. The line goes "I've seen suns that were freezing and lives that were through."
    Don't butcher the good tunes, my man.
    OS Was Hereon June 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is by far my favorite Blue Oyster Cult song. This is a song about a guy who has no home to speak of, and all the time in the world but feels it is wasted. He wants a reason to live, so he has chosen tthis girl (perhaps).
    ChaosFluro24on September 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo one give kudos to Randy91??!!! WTF - scroll down and read it - it's very interesting that Buck Dharma and Richard Meltzer paid a tribute to Kerouac and it totally goes under the general radar of BOC fans. (well, according to this forum anyways.) BOC and Steely Dan have much in common - that being their lyrics are very cool, very intelligent and perhaps a bit of a challenge to tap for a true meaning - you really have to do your homework. Also, I can't believe that no one posited the notion that Burnin' For You may loosely tip its hat to Robert Johnson. A historical figure as much as mythological legend. The "b-side" line could refer to the fact that Robert Johnson did 2 takes of every song he recorded. Ripe stuff for BOC.
    romefallson September 02, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA guy who drowns his heartaches and sorrows with all sorts of debauchery even though he's still very much in love with some one who walked away...
    xshufflemuffinon November 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd the correct line is "time to play B Sides", the things you used to have in the vinyl age. Kids, ask yer parents...

    Buck Dharma now mimes the action of flipping a record when he sings that line, just to make sure.
    RedKingon December 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line "I've seen signs of what (freezing their eyes) went through" in the lyrics above should be, "I’ve seen suns that were freezing and lives that were through".

    My take is that this song, like "In Thee" about being on the road all the time. BOC is known as being on tour forever.
    balthazaron February 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's just about a guy who thinks he's running out of time to settle down with a girl he loves, and he feels e needs tis girl... does he get her... we don't know.
    Unknown Soldieron July 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is actually about going on the road during tours.
    Outfielderon May 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt bears mentioning that BOC have been on tour pretty much steadily since the late 1970s. They never stop touring. Home on the Highway indeed. From what I hear it's the real high way.
    BloodReignon September 28, 2010   Link

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