The Core

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  • Every morning when I wake, a feeling soon begins to overtake me.
    Ringing in my ears resounds through my brain; it finally surrounds me.
    There is fire, there is life, there is passion, fever and fury.
    There is love and there is hate, there is longing, anger and worry.

    Oh, I have a flame; feel it touch my heart.
    And down at my core is the hottest part.
    I can burn without fuel.

    If it should become too cold, I know I can endure the frostbite.
    Oh, a blanket then I'll wrap around me; I keep myself so close to my side.
    No one then can cause me harm, just as the river runs into the sea.
    Cause every day, your fire alarm is deafening the silence all around me.


    It is burning.
    It is burning.

    You can trust me; we can laugh. Together we can share our sorrow.
    I will give you secrets too, an attitude that you may borrow.
    Gypsy woman said to me, "One thing you must bear in your mind:
    You are young and you are free, but damned if you're deceased in your own lifetime."

    Oh, you have a flame; feel it in your heart.
    And down at the core is the hottest part.
    We can burn without fuel.

    It is burning.
    It is burning. Writer/s: ERIC PATRICK CLAPTON, MARCY LEVY
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 19

  • Nick from Utica, NyMy favorite song from the album Slowhand. I see this as a very spiritual song. That there is a fire of existence that burns inside us, and this song celebrates that and calls on us to exult in it.

    Maybe this is how Eric feels about creating and performing music.
  • Harold Pomeroy from Winchester, NhIn winter, 1978 I worked in the sheepskin tannery. I would get up, get high, and listen to the radio. This song came on a lot. Then it was time to go to work. The song would stick with me through the day, kind of blending with all the machine noise.
  • Big John from Wisconsin This song goes on and on and on….way too long! Good for a while, then I just want it to get over with.
  • Kirk from Warren Michigan Marcy Levy sings her ass off.
  • Kd from Lake Wales FlShe kinda sounds like Olivia Newton John.......kinda.
  • AnonymousGeorge Terry soloed either in the middle break or the end.
  • Ken Sarnowski from Lake Oswego, Oregon Marcella Detroit on vocals. The artist formerly known as Marcy Levy. Michigan native.
  • John from Magnolia NjThemalbum Slow Hand was released,during the disco fad, and a lot,of non disco artists put,out at least one disco type song, and a lot,of,people think that The Core was Eric Clapton's attempt at a disco type song.
  • John from New JeraeyThis was the disco era, a lot of people think this was EC's turn to,do a disco song, as it does sound somewhat disco.
  • Dave from Weymouth Ma.Loved this one since I first heard it. An instant classic by EC.
  • David from Knoxville, TnIt's almost as if the session sax player and Clapton were going at it to see who could one-up the other one with RIPPING solos... Outstanding!
  • Harry from Philadelphia, DeThe Woman on vocals is
    Marcy Levy not Yvonne Elliman
  • Richard from Mainz, Germanymaybe the greatest by Eric, the woman vocal is from Yvonne Elliman
  • Domma from Point Marion, PaI need to know who the female vocalist is. I thought when this song was released, it was by Delaney and Bonnie and friends (Bonnie Bramlett). Is this the case?
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI really like the riff. And I love spinal tap. good song.
  • Sam from Shanghai, ChinaI love this song. The female vocals are great, especially as the intro is characteristic Clapton, and when she starts singing it catches you off guard. Excellent riff, great solo.
  • Tyler from Niagara Falls, Nythis is on of my favorite clapton songs, too.
  • Shell from Riverdale, GaOne of my favorite Clapton songs. Great guitar and outstanding work on the Hammond B3 organ.
  • Paul from Memphis, Tnwhen I was a young fellow in radio, this was the ultimate headphone testing song. To borrow from Spinal Tap, we'd turn them up to "11" and see how long they held up. If they made it through the song...they were good to go.
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