Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water

Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water – Live at Budokan Tokyo Japan, 1972.

The confidence, swagger, and intensity when they played live is obvious in how they looked, acted, and sounded. They knew they were creating something unique and amazing right in front of the eyes of the world. They were living legends whose star was getting brighter each passing day. Their place in music history was cemented long ago.

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile, yeah
We didn’t have much time now

Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground

Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky
(Smoke) on the water, you guys are great

They burned down the gambling house
It died with an awful sound
Funky Claude was running in and out
He was pulling kids out the ground now

When it all was over
Find another place
Swiss time was running out
It seemed that we would lose the race

Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky
Smoke on the water

Burn it down

We ended up at the Grand Hotel
It was empty, cold and bare
The Rolling truck Stones thing just outside
Huh, making our music there now

With a few red lights and a few old beds
We made a place to sweat
No matter what we get out of this
I know, I know we’ll never forget

Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky
Smoke on the water
(I can’t hear anything)

one more time
(Smoke on the water) hey!

Songwriters: Ian Gillan / Jon Lord / Ritchie Blackmore / Roger Glover / Ian Paice

Smoke on the Water lyrics © Glenwood Music Corp.

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