David Dodd (ddodd) Wed 3 Sep 03 12:47
Fire On The Mountain w: Hunter m: Hart AGDL: http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/agdl/fire.html LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/FIREMOUN.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 4 Sep 03 18:56
Fire On The Mountain Lyrics: Robert Hunter Music: Mickey Hart Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission. Long distance runner, what you standing there for? Get up, get off, get out of the door You're playing cold music on the bar room floor Drowned in your laughter and dead to the core There's a dragon with matches that's loose on the town Take a whole pail of water just to cool him down Chorus Fire, fire on the mountain Fire, fire on the mountain Fire, fire on the mountain Fire, fire on the mountain Almost ablaze, still you don't feel the heat It takes all you got just to stay on the beat You say it's a living, we all gotta eat But you're here alone, there's no one to compete If mercy's in business, I wish it for you More than just ashes when your dreams come true [chorus] Long distance runner, what you holding out for Caught in slow motion in a dash to the door The flame from your stage has now spread to the floor You gave all you had, why you want to give more? The more that you give, the more it will take To the thin line beyond which you really can't fake [chorus] Additional verses Baby's in scarlet, her shackles in gray If loves to love she's got it salted away Out of the rat trap and under the wire Out of the frying pan and into the fire Put it down heavy, strip it down lean Got to lay it down dirty and play it back clean Fireman, fireman, call off your dog This isn't a blaze, it's just a hog in the log Cut up in sections, squirming alive Lost to the world on that fifty-cent jive There's a fire on the mountain, running around What doesn't go up can never come down Wound in barbed wire, hell I ain't sore Only hurts when I laugh, or roll on the floor Only hurts a little, at least that's what I'm told When you drown in hot oil it can even feel cold I know I'm in love but I can't tell you why It feels like poison, shoot me down when I cry
please be kind (xian) Mon 3 May 04 09:22
I've been playing around with GarageBand and a new musical instrument and have worked up this excessively overproduced cover of Fire on the Mountain (the most recent take can be found at http://xian.typepad.com/musick). So far I've only played it for non-Deadheads, who generally seem to like it, though they often make references to how trippy or stoney it sounds (duh). I'm eager to get feedback from real Deadheads though. Is a cover version like mine with the liberties I take and my own crude musical and mixing skills blasphemous or is it a worthy tribute to the musicians who've inspired me the most?
hickeymart (xian) Mon 3 May 04 09:23
oh, it's the "Churchbells Softly Chime mix, take 2" version, which can also be directly accessed via http://jamesbooker.com/eu-tcs/Fire%20on%20the%20Mountain%20(Churchbells%20Soft ly%20Chime%20Mix,%20Take%202).mp3
David Gans (tnf) Mon 3 May 04 09:58
That's a pretty weird arrangement!
weir'd scenes inside the goldmines (xian) Mon 3 May 04 10:15
weird good or weird bad?
David Gans (tnf) Mon 3 May 04 10:16
I haven't decided yet!
paranoid android (xian) Mon 3 May 04 10:20
heh you can hear earlier versions listed at the same ephemera blog if you care to - not sure how much time it's worth, but you could tell me if i've been making it better or worse with my iterations!
Gary Burnett (jera) Mon 3 May 04 10:54
I'm reminded of what Miles Davis said when asked what he thought about Ornette Coleman. Something along the lines of "somebody has to be fucked up in the head to make music that sounds like that." Of course I really love fucked-up music. And this is, indeed, wierd! (Do I really have to add the smiley face?)
David Gans (tnf) Mon 3 May 04 10:58
That's funny. The day I "got" Ornette -- hearing "The Shape of Jazz to Come" while under the influence of a friendly psychedelic -- I thought, "No wonder he scared people: I don't think anyone has ever thought that fast before!
hoagie the hero (xian) Mon 3 May 04 12:31
yeah. funny how oyu feel you can "hear" the musician's mind or thoughts in their choices and practices of playing. myself, i am in the tambourine stage of development.
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Sun 9 May 04 10:58
Xian, You did It. I loved it. With your permission, I will pass it along.
Christian Crumlish (xian) Mon 10 May 04 07:14
thanks! i'm having fun with it, though i do think the thing is way overdone and i'll probably keep tweaking it to get it smoothed out a bit and maybe a tad more comprehensible. it's funny how easy it is to produce psychedelic sonic effects, mostly with phasing and delay. i'm also trying to learn to play the song for real in real time but that's easier than monkeying around with multitracks!
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