Fire On the Mountain

Album: Cradlesong (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This grandoise pomp rock number, which is built around one chord, draws upon Dave Eggers' What is the What for its lyrical inspiration. The 2006 novel is based on the real life story of Sudanese refugee Valentino Achak Deng. Thomas said in publicity materials: "You know how it is when you're in a book, you're living in that space. This is the first time I've ever done a song where I didn't really write down the lyrics; I just sang them."
  • Thomas told The Canadian Press that this stirring depiction of struggle and destruction amongst Sudanese isn't a political song per se, "It's a political situation, or a situation drawn out of politics, but it wasn't a political song," he said. "It is a human song."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell NdegeocelloSongwriter Interviews

Meshell Ndegeocello talks about recording "Wild Night" with John Mellencamp, and explains why she shied away from the spotlight.

Richard Marx

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

Jonathan Cain of Journey

Jonathan Cain of JourneySongwriter Interviews

Cain talks about the divine inspirations for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully."

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal Tap

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal TapSong Writing

Based on criteria like girlfriend tension, stage mishaps and drummer turnover, these are the 10 bands most like Spinal Tap.

Laura Nyro

Laura NyroSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.

Rick Springfield

Rick SpringfieldSongwriter Interviews

Rick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.