Smoke on the Water

About the contributors...

The Lassos are a country group from Groningen (the best country music in the world is made in the North. Of the Netherlands, that is), consisting of among others, Emiel Hoving on guitar and Lex Koopman on vocals. They gig regularly in the north of the Netherlands, making a bit more money than the Hooded Crow does. They aren't really Deep Purple fans but recorded their version of Smoke on the Water when they had some studio time left.

About the song...

This song was originally written recorded in Montreux, Switzerland in 1971 by the Mark II line up Deep Purple featuring Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), and Ian Paice (drums). The track is available on the album Machine Head released in 1972. This is perhaps Deep Purple's most famous song to date, the riff being one of the first things most guitarists learn when they start. The lyrics depict the circumstances surrounding the recording of this song.

We all came out to Montreux
On the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn't have much time
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Were at the best place around
But some stupid with a flare gun
Burned the place to the ground
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

They burned down the gambling house
It died with an awful sound
Funky Claude was running in and out
Pulling kids out the ground
When it all was over
We had to find another place
But Swiss time was running out
It seemed that we would lose the race
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

We ended up at the Grand Hotel
It was empty cold and bare
But with the Rolling truck Stones thing just outside
Making our music there
With a few red lights and a few old beds
We make a place to sweat
No matter what we get out of this
I know we'll never forget
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

Music ram-blings || Ram Samudrala ||