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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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    sa44ronDec 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm
    It is a metaphor for smoking hash with a bong. They got so stoned that they started seeing things. Eventually, everybody fell asleep. With all of them sleeping anywhere and everywhere; even on the floor in the hallway (like a grand hotel). Through it all, the music kept playing; they woke up to the rolling stones, eyes red, clothes sweaty, the whole bit...
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    c0rnfl4keJun 25, 2008 at 7:03 pm
    Bulletbilly, you're just stupid. You don't know the history of this band. They wrote this song on a rock festival in Montreux ("We all came out to Montreux, On the Lake Geneva shoreline."),Switzerland. They watched a concert of Frank Zappa and his crew ("But Frank Zappa and the Mothers,
    Were at the best place around"), but then suddently someone set the building (gambling house is the concert hall!!!) on fire ("But some stupid with a flare gun,
    Burned the place to the ground."). And then there was smoke on the water and fire in the time please don't write just anything from your fantasy...(and btw sry about the bad english...I'm Swiss...)

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