Music for a Monday Afternoon: FIRE!

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These three songs have to do with fire… One is a very strange tune indeed… The other one is about burning down a girl’s house out of anger… The other one, I really don’t understand, maybe you do…

The first tune: «Fire» (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) released in 1968, written by Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker. It reached number 1 in the UK and Canada and it is about the «god of hell fire» destroying everything… A real positive tune, but I guess for the times it was appropriate as many things were burning both in Europe and in the US in 1968…


Moving along to a more positive song…supposedly…I bring you «Norwegian Wood» by The Beatles, and probably written in its entirety by John Lennon, although Macca has said that he added the part about «so I set a fire isn’t it good Norwegian wood.» But the song is about a guy who goes out with a girl and she brings him back to her place but then tells him to sleep in the bath because she has to get to work early the next morning. When he awakens, this bird has flown, so as he walks away he sets fire to her beautiful flat decorated with Norwegian wood, not cheap pine like in London… Oh, by the by, George Harrison played the sitar, first time used in pop/rock. Oh those lads!


And to our final entry, «Burning Down the House» (Talking Heads) released in 1983. Catchy rhythm, unusual vocals and eponymous chorus, but who the hell knows what this song is about. It doesn’t seem to be about burning down someone’s house but it does have to do with some sort of destruction… Anyways, you tell me.


I like them all. I remember the first one from my days as a wee lad, the second one too, actually even from before and then, of course Talking Heads from CBGB in New York when I visited there so often back in the day…


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  1. ~just a thought dice:

    Interesting topic for a Monday 🙂
    -Burning down the house: best of the three songs (for me)
    -Fire (I perceive as Fire!): fun performance (love seeing people appreciate this kind of thing–grew up in age of KISS, not formed until 1973)
    -Norwegian Wood: That familiar, pretty melody I never really «heard» until today . . . and I appreciate that!

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    1. Glad to hear, and thank you 🙏🏻😊

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  2. beth dice:

    i had no idea that is what norwegian wood was about, though i never could figure it out

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    1. Yes, a simple story I suppose of a guy being snubbed then burning her flat. You know, BEATLES magic I reckon…

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  3. «Burning Down the House» – one of my favorite songs. «Burning down the house» is a euphemism for a successful concert – a smoking hot concert.

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    1. A «smoking hot concert» brilliant! Thank you Dawn! Good to hear you liked it. All the best!

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      1. Same to you!😊

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  4. KK dice:

    This is a very interesting piece!

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  5. janetsm dice:

    Norwegian Wood has such a haunting meloday. Regardless of the message of the lyrics, it remains one of my favorite songs by the Beatles. Unforgettable.

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    1. Oh yes, without a doubt Janet, a great song that I have always loved and considered one of my faves by The Beatles as well.

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