Lava

Album: The B-52's (1979)
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Songfacts®:

  • This volcanic love song is the first track on Side 2 of the B-52s' self-titled debut album. It's erupting with sexual innuendo:

    My love's mountin'
    My love's erupting like a red hot volcano
    Fire, oh volcano, over you
    I gotta lotta lava love locked up inside me


    In her Songfacts interview, Cindy Wilson said Kate Pierson wrote the lyrics for this one. Wilson, Pierson and Fred Schneider share the lead vocals.
  • The line, "fire, fire, burning bright" almost certainly refers to The Tyger by English visionary, mystic, and poet William Blake. It's one of the most studied and esteemed poems in English literature, opening with the line, "Tyger, tyger, burning bright."

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