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Fire On The Mountain

by

The Marshall Tucker Band



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This Southern-fried Country ballad was written by Toy Caldwell, frontman for the Marshall Tucker Band. That's Charlie Daniels playing the fiddle, and yes, that's "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" Charlie Daniels. He was a frequent Marshall Tucker collaborator, having been "blown away" by their performance when he first saw them onstage.
A common point of confusion is "Where's Marshall Tucker?" There is no actual such person in the band; they got the name off the key to the door to the warehouse they rented to practice in. Marshall Tucker was the person who had rented the warehouse before them and his name was still inscribed on the key. Just think, they could have named their band "Yale" or "Master Lock!"
This was The Marshall Tucker Band's second-highest hit, the highest being "Heard It In A Love Song." It was also one of their only two top-40 hits.
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Comments (6):

This is one of the best songs I've ever heard in my life. The Marshall Tucker Band is one my most favorite bands. I like pretty much every song I've ever heard by them, and they have very many. This song however since I first discovered them was an instant tear jerker for me. It's one of a very few songs that no matter how many times I hear it, still brings tears to my eyes. The story of a man that heads west with his family in search of a heavenly land of unlimited fortune, - only to end up toiling in the dirt before losing his life over the greed for a worthless gold claim - is the typical experience of the many people caught up in the many 19th century American gold rushes. I like to think it's about CA since I've grown up in gold country, but it is probably about an earlier gold rush closer to Carolina. The pioneers who tamed the west for America are rarely appreciated for the mammoth hardships they had to overcome to make it the way it is today. This song shows u a rare glimpse of the REAL "Wild West", an unforgiving lawless land ruled by greed and corruption, a place that often brought out man's evil side, but is a testament to our ability with hope to overcome anything. Most importantly this song allows us a powerful taste of some of the emotions they must have experienced.
- Colton, concord, CA
"The last verse of the song makes no sense. It talks about how the singer got killed. But if he's dead, how can he still be singing?"
Joshua thats the beauty of songs and poetry, the story can escape boundaries and dimensions. The singer can be here one minute and on another plane next as the story goes along. a lot of folk songs do this. It tells the whole story. and is sung about later by someone else, but still from the first person perspective. Most of MTB songs tell a story.
- Bill, pensacola, FL
Marshall Tucker was a blind piano tuner who rented the warehouse before the band.
- Dan, Winthrop, MA
Toy Caldwell wrote many great songs. But Im pretty sure bandmate George McCorkle wrote this one.
- Scott, Dahlonega, GA
Its great living in the TN mountains.
- Abe Celik, Fairfield Glade, TN
The last verse of the song makes no sense. It talks about how the singer got killed. But if he's dead, how can he still be singing?
- Joshua, New Berlin, WI
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Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")
Inspired by his dear friend, "Seasons in the Sun" paid for Terry's boat, which led him away from music and into a battle with Canadian paper mills.
Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketGlen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket
The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.
Penny Ford of Snap!Penny Ford of Snap!
The original voice of Snap!, this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.
They Might Be GiantsThey Might Be Giants
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.