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We all came out to Montereax,
On the Lake Geneva shoreline.
To make records with a mobile,
We didn't have much time.
But 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 and fire in the sky.
Smoke on the water...

They burned down the gambling house,
It died with an awful sound.
(Uh) Funky Claude was running in and out,
Pulling kids down to 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 and fire in the sky.
Smoke on the water...

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, a few old beds,
We made a place to sweat.
No matter what we get out of this,
I know I know we'll never forget.
Smoke on the water and fire in the sky.
Smoke on the water...

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    blues4dogSep 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm
    Actually, being a Deep Purple fan from way back. The song is a true story of what happened. The band was in Montereax with the Rolling Stones Mobile recording truck and staying at the same hotel as Frank Zappa when it was burned down. The smoke on the water was the smoke from the fire over Lake Geneva. Claude Knobs was their producer and he was rescuing people from the burning building. They had to move to the Grand Hotel to finish recording. Photo's of the fire are on the inside cover of the Machine Head album. They didn't even expect the song to be released as a single let alone become the anthem that it was.
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    BulletbillyApr 7, 2008 at 8:49 pm
    This one is just easy... You just need to know the history of the band... The studio of the band burned down and they need to find another one, but cheaper, because they don't have a lot of money and it burned all their records and the 'master tape', so they had to record all their music again... Gambling house in the song means the studio, because music is a risk to take... And it's all easy to under stand... And this song rocks!
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    racha87Jun 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm
    I love this song! i am a rock fan and this song is good to sing and play guitar with! i play electric guitar and this is 1 of my first songs i learned. if u like this song u would also like guns n' roses too.
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    mashomeApr 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm
    blues4dog has it correct. I was a big DP fan at the time, and since I have been to Montreaux. There is an open air concert hall on the lake which is named Smoke on the Water, and the Grand Hotel is still there but in much better shape.
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    hillbilly_metalhead92Apr 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    a very badass song i can play it on guitar its so damn easy and i can play it on the drums.

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