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Fire

by

Jimi Hendrix



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The main lyrics in this song ("Let me stand next to your fire") came from a time when the band had just finished a gig in the cold around Christmas, 1966. They went to bass player Noel Redding's mother's house. When they got there, Jimi asked Margaret, the mother, to "Let me stand next to your fire" so he could warm up. They had a German Shepherd that way laying by the fire, which inspired the line, "Move over Rover, and let Jimi take over." (thanks, Jayson - Atlanta, GA)
Hendrix is legendary for theatrics like setting his guitar on fire and playing it with his teeth (not at the same time). This was the song he was playing when he set it on fire for the first time. At a concert in London in 1967, he doused his guitar in lighter fluid and burned it. The emcee at the show burned his hand trying to put it out.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers often covered this song in their early years. They decided to play it again at Woodstock '99 in Rome, New York and were accused of deliberately encouraging the rioters. While they played it, the crowd tore the place up and set fires (yes, Rome was burning). (thanks, Tom - Trowbridge, England)
Gary Moore covered this on his 1999 release A Different Beat. (thanks, Mike - Victoria, B.C., Canada)
In the movie Wayne's World, Wayne falls in love with the bassist from an all-girl band (Tia Carrere) after seeing them cover this song at Gasworks. (thanks, Jamin King - Puyallup, WA)
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Comments (40):

The Band Deep Purple once covered this song at one of their concerts.
- Ryan, Anahola, HI
This song is in Lego Rock Band and a downloadable song on Guitar Hero: World Tour.
- Ryan, Anahola, HI
This song is in Lego Rock Band, where it is one of the hardest on drums.
- Ryan, Anahola, HI
drums are amazing on this
- Nick, Seattle, Albania
...the title was INSPIRED by that night at Noels mother's but the song is TALKING about sex...but of course the song is really ABOUT Mitch Mitchell's drumming...Noels bass is kickin' too.
- kevin, los angeles, CA
to pete from kansas city you're wrong because jimi didnt grow up in london he grew up in seattle. and i dont think this song is about noel reddings mom's house. i thinks its has something to do with his girlfriend kathy
- Goku, South City, PA
RIP Mitch Mitchell. This was his finest song in my opinion.
- Scott, Boston, MA
I think that he's comparing his girlfriend to fire because he thinks she's hot. I rather like the comparison.
- Pippin, Rhye, CA
I thought this song was about VD.
- Chad, Bath, PA
The song is actually about when Jimi was a kid and he was standing next to a fire truck in London. "Move over Rover.." was reference to a Land Rover that was parked too close to a fire hydrant.
- Pete, Kansas City, KS
Great song! Cassandra's band sings this song in Wayne's World and "wails"!
- Meredith, Wauwatosa, WI
Great song!I also like Gary Moore's cover of "Fire" on the 1999 release 'A different Beat'. He's not too shabby as a guitar player himself! Kinda reminiscent of another guitar great ; Stevie Ray Vaughan!
- Mike, Victoria, B.C., Canada
I honestly think that he is singing to his wife and he is saying that shes hot by shaying let me stand next to your fire.
- jim, does it matter, NC
One of my favorite drumming songs... very fast-paced but relatively easy to pick up and fun to improvise to!
- Alex, Winona, MN
"Move over Rover" refers to a popular adolescent dirty rhyme of that era, which I'm sure Jimi remembered. "Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get her poor dog a bone, but as she bent over, ol' Rover drove her, because he had a bone of his own." I'm sure that's it because I'm of that generation. Hah!
- Scoop, Denver, CO
in the last few seconds of the recording, you can hear noel redding go back to the intro riff while jimi and mitch keep goin in that groove. before you can really realize whats happenin, noel gets back into it and if youre not listenin for it, you wouldnt know.
- Hendrixlover, Does it matter?, CA
Each team holds hands in a line, thus forming two parallel lines (or chains) facing each other.

The game starts when the first team (usually the East or South team) calls out, "Red rover, red rover, send [name of player on opposite team] right over." The person called must run to the other line and break the chain (formed by the linking of hands). If the runner fails to break the chain, he joins the team that had called "Red rover." However, if the player successfully breaks the chain, he may take his pick of either of the two "links" broken by his successful jaunt. This broken link, along with the runner, joins the runner's team. The other team then calls out "Red rover" for a player on the first team, and so on. The game ends when one long super-chain is formed.

The distance between the two lines is subject to variation, but tends to fall within about 9 metres (30 feet).

A slight variation of the game is known as "Green Rover". In this version, the person calls the people over by a color, and if they are wearing that color they need to run across. In conventional Red Rover, participants are called over one by one.
- Iceman, South Glastonbury, CT
i always like the move over rover line b/c it can also seem like him telling his band members to move over and let him steal the stage for the guitar solo
- abi, toronto, Canada
I agree Fyodor. That's what I think too. I'm sure JMimi knew how people would think of those lines.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
The biography of Hendrix I read cited an actual fire, though I believe it was an outside bonfire, IIRC. I don't claim that proves it's true and I haven't read what Jimi said himself. Either way, folks, don't forget it's not against the law for a song lyric to have more than one meaning! The line in question certainly conjures the image of Rover getting in the way of Jimi making his move, regardless of what actually made him think of it, and he was obviously aware of that meaning by the time he sang it!!
- fyodor, Denver, CO
i dont understand u say this is about a fireplace story but then on "the wind cries mary" page someone says that this was written about his love life w/ cathy. maybe it should be looked into.
- Josh, New York, NY
What do you mean not very original? The drumming in this song is absolutely incredible! I love the Woodstock recording, where you can see how totally animated Mitch Mitchell is. Crazy stuff.
- Sam, Shanghai, China
Mitch Mitchell. Not very original is he?
- Ben, NYC, MS
actually i have heard the fireplace story as well. though i do believe its the basis for an induendo
- Dan, Santa Clarita, CA
I always thought this was a sexual innuendo, but i sort of like the other explanation too.
- kika, nyc, NY
This song is about Jimi's girlfriend Cathy.
The fireplace story is so wrong. Please, just read any of Jimi's interviews on the song. There is a BBC interview where he talks about the night she inspired the song.
- windle, montgomery, AL
a totally awesome song.
- calvin, kyle, TX
the line 'move over rover let jimi take over' is a reference to the ditty: Old mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get her poor doggy a bone when she got there the cupboard was bare so he gave her a bone of his own
- mat, sydney, Australia
Mitch Mitchell really shows off his chops in this song. This song is so catchy, it just sticks to you.
- Jonathan, Deltona, FL
I always thought it was about some girl he was attracted to.
- Stefanie magura, Rock Hill, SC
People the line "Move over Rover, and let Jimi take over" signifies the fact that the person "Rover" struck out with a girl or is failing at winning some girl, and Jimi wants to "take it from here" as we say...not about a dog, maybe he was inspired by that dog/fire scene but it was totally about a real person.
- Blair, Milan, Italy
Anyone heard Steve Vai perform this? if not, you should.
- Danny, Sydney, Australia
Blair I thought of the same thing too.
- Sonu, Brantford, Canada
I believe I read somewhere that Noel Redding was singing "let me stand next to your fire" in the background.
- Stefany, Kansas City, MO
Why would Jimi tell the dog, 'Move over Rover and let Jimi take over'? Doesn't make much sense...... Who is singing 'Let me stand next to your fire' in the background?
- Jade, Chippewa Falls, WI
Its about being with a girl, not about standing to any fire, your making it to literal...its a metaphoric meaning, its not literially about fire, its about an "ora" or an attraction to someone he likes...and all jimi wants is to be around them
- Blair, Milan, Italy
Jimi Hendrix is the best guitar player of all time!
- Jennifer Prather, Newcomb, TN
The line "Move over Rover and let Jimi take over" comes from when they were at Noel Redding's mothers house. Jimi wanted to stand by the fire, but the Reddings' German Shepard dog was in the way.
- Mitch, Winnipeg, Canada
I love the line where he goes "Move over Rover...and let Jimi take over..."
- brian, Mayfield Heights, OH
The drums in this song are great
- Will, Portland, OR
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