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The Fire Down Below


Bob Seger

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This song is about the prostitution industry. Seger points out that the customers come from many different backgrounds and that this thing goes on all over the world. The "fire down below" is the desire these guys all share for the ladies of the night.
Ann Landers criticized this in one of her newspaper columns for glorifying sex.
Seger would later take heat from Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) for the sexual content in another one of his songs, "The Horizontal Bop."
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Comments (10):

You're all wrong... I met Rosie at a K-mart store in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Did not believe her story until she came back from a Seger concert with her and the band in the restroom.
- Lawrence, Livonia, MI
The fire down below doesn't refer to hell, it refers to the johnson's of the men.....
- Steve, Philadelphia, PA
Kory, you're right on. I thought the same thing so I did a little research. Ain't Got No Money is a song written by Frankie Miller and released on his own album The Rock in 1975. Seger released The Fire Down Below a year later. Seger's cover of Ain't Got No Money was released in 1978...
- Erica, Columbus, OH
there was a movie in which prostitutes were being murdreed, this movie featured "THE FIRE DOWN BELOW' song, i can not remember the name of the movie. does any one know the movie title.,
- jeff morris, richmond, VA
The arrangement and chord progression is virtually the same as "Ain't Got No Money" off his Stranger in Town Album.
- Kory, Grand Haven, MI
when he says fire down below hes referring to hell, the only thing in commen is hells flames
- aaron, dallas, TX
I agree Matt, Segers vocals are really something amazing, in this song particularly.
- Cody, San Antonio, TX
I love how, in this song, one time when he lets out "They got the fire down below!" You can almost see the needle in the recording booth pegging the red line.
- Matt, Charleston, SC
I wonder if this song has ever been considered as a theme song by the Moline, Illinois Chamber of Commerce? Well, perhaps the Moline Chamber of Ho's.
- Matt, Charleston, SC
This song has been covered many different ways by the likes of Bette Midler, Luther Grosvenor,
Juice Newton, Cher and German singer Klaus Lage (1983) with German lyrics: Wenns unterm Gürtel brennt.
- Ted, Loveland, CO
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