Song Lyric Sunday: Fire – ‘Fire On The Mountain’

There’s almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to songs about ‘Fire’, the theme set this week for Helen’s ‘Song Lyric Sunday. And not just any old songs about fire – really good ones.

I thought about James Taylor’s ‘Fire and Rain’, but after last week’s rather gloomy offering, I finally decided on something just a little more life-affirming – and besides, we’re surely overdue another contribution from the Grateful Dead.

Long distance runner, what you standin’ there for?
Get up, get out, get out of the door
Your playin’ cold music on the barroom floor
Drowned in your laughter and dead to the core.
There’s a dragon with matches that’s loose on the town
Takes a whole pail of water just to cool him down.

Fire! Fire on the mountain!

Almost ablaze still you don’t feel the heat
It takes all you got just to stay on the beat.
You say it’s a livin’, we all gotta eat
But you’re here alone, there’s no one to compete.
If Mercy’s a bus’ness, I wish it for you
More than just ashes when your dreams come true.

Fire! Fire on the mountain!

Long distance runner, what you holdin’ out for?
Caught in slow motion in a dash for the door.
The flame from your stage has now spread to the floor
You gave all you had. Why you wanna give more?
The more that you give, the more it will take
To the thin line beyond which you really can’t fake.

Words by Robert Hunter, Music by Micky Hart

Song Lyric Sunday 5 November 2017

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