Deep Purple September 01, 2023

Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple - 1972

The song Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple was released in 1972 as part of their album Machine Head. It is Deep Purple's most famous song and is known for its iconic guitar riff. The lyrics describe a real-life event where the Montreux Casino in Switzerland caught fire during a Frank Zappa concert, inspiring the creation of the song. The riff and the powerful sound of the song have made it a timeless classic in the rock genre.

Did You Know

  • The rock song Smoke On The Water was released in 1972 by Deep Purple.
Deep Purple's album Machine Head

  • It was inspired by a real-life event when a Frank Zappa concert venue caught fire in Switzerland.
How a Frank Zappa Concert Fire Inspired 'Smoke on the Water'

  • The instantly recognizable guitar riff, played by Ritchie Blackmore, is considered one of the greatest in rock history.


🎵 Let's sing along with the lyrics! 🎤


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, a fire in the sky

Smoke on the water

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, a 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 and 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, a fire in the sky

Smoke on the water

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