World on Fire

Album: World on Fire (2014)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • The title track of Slash's third album, this was released as the first single from the project. Asked by Blabbermouth.net why he led the album with this song, Slash replied: "I think there's a lot of singles on the record, but it's a good kick-off song. It's up-tempo, aggressive, it's a fun song. I love the whole world on fire, larger-than-life kind of vibe that the title and lyrics have."
  • Asked about the song's meaning, Slash replied: "To be literal about it, we have the global warming thing. But that's not the catalyst for the title. 'World On Fire' is more of a tongue-in-cheek, positive, fun thing — it has a lot of sexual connotations in the actual song itself. It's a euphemism for going a little bit crazy and pulling out all the stops."
  • Slash told The Pulse of Radio why he decided to title the album after this tune. "It was a song on the record basically about sex," he said. "But when I started looking for an album title, something about that title stuck out to me. I think it was because a lot of stuff has been going on - the whole thing with the Malaysian flight, and Israel, and all the stuff going on with Russia at the time. So 'World On Fire' all of a sudden had a much broader connotation."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete BlondeSongwriter Interviews

The singer/bassist for Concrete Blonde talks about how her songs come from clairvoyance, and takes us through the making of their hit "Joey."

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)Songwriter Interviews

Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)Songwriter Interviews

Mike Rutherford talks about the "Silent Running" storyline and "Land Of Confusion" in the age of Trump.

Scott Stapp

Scott StappSongwriter Interviews

The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.

Crystal Waters

Crystal WatersSongwriter Interviews

Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.

Colin Hay

Colin HaySongwriter Interviews

Established as a redoubtable singer-songwriter, the Men At Work frontman explains how religion, sobriety and Jack Nicholson play into his songwriting.