Smoke on the Water

Ian Gillan


Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover
Lead vocals
Ian Paice, John Rzeznik, Robby Takac, Roger Glover, Sim Jones, Steve Morse
Alternative title(s)
'Smoke on the Water' is a song that appears on Ian Gillan's 2006 album 'Gillan's Inn.' The CD featured re-recorded tracks from all eras of Ian Gillan's singing career and features many guest appearances. The album features two songs with vocals by members of the Goo Goo Dolls: track 5 'Men of War' (John Rzeznik) and track 10 'Smoke on the Water' (John Rzeznik and Robby Takac).


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, fire in the sky

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, fire in the sky

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 make a place to sweat
No matter what we get out of this
I know we'll never forget
Smoke on the water, fire in the sky