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October 14, 2011

The Move - Fire Brigade (1968)

This is one of the most successful musical groups from Britain that didn’t find any success in the United States. They had nine Top 20 UK singles in only five years. The band’s name came from the constant changes they were making in group members. One of the group’s last lineups featured Jeff Lynne, who later transitioned the group into what would be called Electric Light Orchestra (or, ELO). A famous ELO song, “Do Ya,” was originally recorded by this band.

The first ten seconds of this song has a fire engine noise which I find slightly annoying; but after it's over the rest of the song is great. The guitar in this song was a major influence on the song “God Save the Queen” by The Sex Pistols, as admitted by Glen Matlock, as well as “Firehouse” by KISS.

The Move - Fire Brigade

The Move - Fire Brigade (1968)

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Lyrics:

Cast your mind back ten years to the girl who's next to me in school
If I put my hand upon her leg, she'd hit me with a rule
Though tomorrow won't be long, you're gonna have to play it cool
You'd been fascinated by her; she could set the place on fire

Run and get the fire brigade; get the fire brigade
See the buildings start to really burn
Get the fire brigade; get the fire brigade
If you jump, you've got to wait your turn

Friends all seem to laugh; I feel I have to make a compromise
Try to reassure myself my head must need some exercise
Half past ten in the morning, she just took me by surprise
True, she set the place on fire; you'd been fascinated by her

Run and get the fire brigade; get the fire brigade
See the buildings start to really burn
Get the fire brigade; get the fire brigade
If you jump, you've got to wait your turn

The lights across the street throw a rainbow in her hair
I'd love you all to meet her; I'll be there, I'll be there
Notice that my eyes have been a misty place since Saturday
Brings a feeling we might need the fire engines anyway
Though tomorrow won't be long, we're gonna have to play it cool
You'd been fascinated by her; she could set the place on fire

Run and get the fire brigade; get the fire brigade
See the buildings start to really burn
Get the fire brigade; get the fire brigade
If you jump, you've got to wait your turn

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