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Deep Purple: Smoke on the Water Meaning

Song Released: 1973


Smoke on the Water Lyrics

We all came out to montreax
On the lake geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn’t have much time
Frank zappa and the mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the...

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    bernardo
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    Aug 4th, 2004 8:08am report


    This is about a fire in the Casino at Montreux, Switzerland which overlooks Lake Geneva. The band was going to record Machine Head there right after a Frank Zappa concert, but someone fired a flare gun at the ceiling which set the place on fire. The band was relocated to another hotel and recorded the album in the Rolling Stones mobile studio.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 26th, 2012 6:26pm report


    Frances Scott key wrote the same meaning to this song. He wrote what he witness during a fire.
    "star spannel banner."



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    anonymous
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    Apr 29th, 2011 4:18pm report


    Smoking a bong.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 6th, 2009 7:27am report


    When Deep Purple was writing there album "Machine Head" they had been staying at a Casino at Montreux. While they were staying there someone shot a flair and accidentally burnt the hotel down. They lyrics were written about this because it they needed lyrics for the song and they thought they might as well write about that



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    anonymous
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    Jul 31st, 2007 7:32am report


    To anonymous with the stoner theory. Thats an awesome interpretation, but untrue. It is about the casino being on fire and burning down on the shore.

    Isn't it interesting how people perceive these things into something completely different?? funny how the mind works...



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    anonymous
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    Jan 17th, 2007 1:06am report


    its obviously about hitting a bong...

    smoke on the water when you hit a bong smoke comes out of the water (so to someone watching a bong hit, the smoke would be on the water) the fire in the sky is someone lighting the bowl of marijuana (or "tobacco") in order to facilitate the rest of the sequence...


    *reads the other interpreation*...yeah that makes more sense but mine is better.




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