My Sunday Song – “Light Up the Fire” by Cheap Trick

For My Sunday Song #313, we are talking about the first single off their latest album called “Light Up the Fire”. The album, ‘In Another World’ was released in 2021 and it picks up with “We’re All Alright’ left off. The album only went to #142 which is a shame because it is a solid album. The single was a blistering power pop track. It was written by Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson and Julian Raymond (the producer).

The song is about…heck if I know for sure but from the lyrics it could be about a woman who wants to be good and find that right relationship, but at the same time she is tempted by dark side, if you will. The lyrics ask if she is “looking for heaven or one hell of a time”. She doesn’t know yet what she really wants. He wants to be with her in every sense of the word, but he doesn’t want her to burn out and destroy their love. He wants her to light up the fire, but be careful how hard and heavy it burns because it could be bad.

The song opens with some heavy, low down, deep and nasty bass line and a massive guitar distortion-filled riff, Cheap Trick brings back the heavy and Robin attacks the lyrics with some cocky bravado while Rick’s guitar playing on this one is stellar as he lets loose. Robin’s voice never ages and is still killer after almost 40 years of the band. The Daxx Nielsen & Tom Peterson combo are key to the vibe as their rhythm section is driving hard and fast. Tom’s bass line on this one is stellar. The song is filled with a classic cheap trick chorus, a great hook and totally infectious. A beast of a track.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. Not bad for band that is on their 20th album!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great and Happy Sunday!!

“Light Up The Fire”

All of them boys with all of them toys
Can turn your head around, you don’t wanna be bound
So keep your head on straight if you wanna stay fine
Are you looking for heaven or one hell of a time?

Turn it around, it’s your better side
Let’s see what you’ve got, let’s go inside and

Light up the fire, the heat starts coming
It’s getting so hot, the sirens are calling
You’ve got what you’ve got, the flame is burning brighter
So light up the fire but don’t burn my love to the ground

Don’t fall down just anyone’s stairs
If you’re looking for love now you best take care
With your time so privy that my mind gets dizzy
Are you looking for heaven or one hell of a time?

Turn it around, it’s your better side
Let’s get hot and go inside, well

Light up the fire, the heat starts coming
It’s getting so hot, the sirens are calling
You’ve got what you’ve got, the flame is burning brighter
So light up the fire but don’t burn my love to the ground

Light up the fire, whoa!

So light up the fire, the heat starts coming
It’s getting so hot, the sirens are calling
You’ve got what you’ve got, the flame is burning brighter
So light up the fire but don’t burn my love
Light up the fire, the heat starts coming
It’s getting higher, those sirens are calling
You’ve got what you’ve got, the flame is burning brighter
So light up the fire but don’t burn that love to the ground

Written by Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson and Julian Raymond

2 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Light Up the Fire” by Cheap Trick

  1. Dang that chart position is awful for what sounds like a strong record. I really need to get this one and the one before it as its so cool to see them recording stuff at an excellent level. The ? has to be asked what went wrong with these guys back in the mid to late 80s lol

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