Ten Favorite Hills and Mountains Songs: Fire on the Mountain (#6)

@FourWalls (9504)
United States
October 21, 2017 8:06pm CST
Five down, five to go. I'm hiking up my list of favorite songs with "hill" or "mountain" in the title. We're going south for today's song, and here's it is. #6: Fire on the Mountain - Marshall Tucker Band If I had to pick a favorite southern rock band it would be the Marshall Tucker Band. Splendidly blending rock, blues, country, and even jazz, the Tucker boys were cookin' down in Caroline, as Charlie Daniels once sang. That's South Carolina, where the band took their name from a blind piano tuner who worked at their rehearsal hall. At least they didn't have to change the spelling the way another southern rock band did after they named themselves after their gym teacher.... This is a terrific story song about a man who decides to get in on the gold rush, so he and his family leave for the west. After six months they arrive, and he begins work on a "no good worthless claim" in a town where "sin was the big thing...sin was the star." There's no happy ending: the man is murdered for his gold claim, and it turns out to have no gold. What a great song from one of the great bands in southern rock history. Fire on the Mountain Written by George McCorkie Recorded by the Marshall Tucker Band From Searchin' for a Rainbow, 1975 Like the whiskey in the bars:
Music video by The Marshall Tucker Band performing Fire on the Mountain (Audio). (C) 2015 MT Industries Inc Licensed to Marshall Tucker Entertainment Inc.
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@JohnRoberts (38817)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Oct
I also associated the title with Charlie Daniels.
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@FourWalls (9504)
• United States
22 Oct
Nope. He’s mentioning a song title there. Old, OLD song.
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• Dallas, Texas
22 Oct
Yea, this band was one I used to listen to a lot, back in the day.
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@LoriAMoore (9663)
• United States
22 Oct
The first thing I thought of with this title was Charlie Daniels, "fire on the mountain, run boys run, . . ."
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@FourWalls (9504)
• United States
22 Oct
"Fire on the Mountain" is the name of a fiddle tune. So's "Run Boy Run," except boy wasn't the original word in the title back in the 1920s....
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@dgobucks226 (5975)
23 Oct
Southern Rock at its best Daniels played fiddle on a few of their albums. Heard It in a Love Song was another classic from a band who got their name off a man who rented a warehouse before them. Very cool
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@JolietJake (39751)
22 Oct
"All for a useless and no good worthless claim"
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@teamfreak16 (35174)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Oct
I always thought Marshall Tucker was the drummer or something. Interesting.
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@marlina (60770)
• Canada
22 Oct
Sorry, not familiar at all with this particular band.
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