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"Burning Love" is a 1972 song by Elvis Presley written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by country soul artist Arthur Alexander, who included it on his 1972 self-titled album. Elvis Presley had a major hit with the song, becoming his biggest hit single in the United States since "Suspicious Minds" in 1969 and his last Top 10 hit in the American Hot 100 or pop charts. The Residents & Laurie Amat recorded a cover of the song for their Elvis tribute album 'The King & Eye'

Background

Although the song was originally by Arthur Alexander, The Residents likely heard the song in 1972 when Elvis' cover of it charted at number one in the U.S Cash Box top 100.

The Residents first covered the song in early 1989, at the Buckaroo Blues show aired on German Television, where the fast-paced and highly choreographed rendition of the song enacted as the encore for the show.

The song was re-worked by The Residents a second time, for inclusion in the Cube-E live show starting in July of 1989. This version removes the fast-paced instrumental featured in the earlier rendition and instead plays it as if it were a slow ballad. A studio version of this arrangement appeared on the album 'The King & Eye'

Lyrics

Album Version

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising
Higher and higher, burning through my soul
This whole world, is gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming, and I don't know which way to go
Nothing makes me higher, than the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up the midnight sky, with burning love
Ooh, I feel my temperature rising
Higher, Higher, it feels like 109
Burning, burning
Ain't nothing cool me
I just might turn into smoke
But I feel fine
Nothing makes me higher
Than the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up, the night sky
With burning love
It's coming closer
The flames are licking my body
Oh, Won't you help me?
It feels like I'm slipping away
It's hard to breathe
And my chest is a-heaving
Lord, have mercy
I'm burning a hole where I lay
Nothing makes me higher
Than the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up, the midnight sky
With burning love
No, nothing makes me higher
Than the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up, the midnight sky
With burning love.

Rehearsal Version

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising
Higher and higher, burning through my soul, I say
This whole world, is gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming, I don't know which way to go
This has left me higher, than the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up the night time, sky, with burning love
Ahh, I feel my temperaGH
Higher, it won't go away, away
Hold something closer, flames lifting in my body
Won't ya, help me? Drifting away...
Your kiss has left me higher, the sweet song of a fire
Light up, the night time sky, with, burning love
AGH! Sweet song, of a fire, light up the night time sky
With burning Love

Tele-5 Version

Lord Almighty, feel my temperature rising.
Higher and higher, burning through my soul.
Well, Well, Well, you're gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming, I don't know which way to go
This has left me higher, sweet song of a fire
You light the night time sky, with burning love
Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, I feel my temperature rising
Higher and higher, like 109
Well, Well, you're gonna set me on fire
I just might turn to smoke, but I feel fine
This has left me higher, the sweet song of a fire
You light, the night time sky, with burning love
It's coming closer, flames are lifting my body
Help Me, Help Me
Feel like I'm out of control
I can't breathe, my chest is heaving
Lord have mercy! Burning a hole where I lay.
This has left me higher, the sweet song of a fire
You light, the night time sky, with burning love!

Cube-E Version

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising
Higher and higher, burning through my soul
This whole world, is gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming, and I don't know which way to go!
Your kiss, has left me higher, than the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up the midnight sky, with burning love
Ooh, it's getting hot,
Higher, Higher, burning through to my soul
Ah, Burning, burning
Nothing to cool me
I might turn into smoke
But I feel fine
Your kiss, has left me higher, than the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up, the night time sky
With burning love
It's coming closer
Flames, licking my body
Won't you help me?
I'm slipping away, ahah
Ah, I can't breathe
My chest is a-heaving
Lord, have mercy burning a hole, oh yeah
Your kiss, has left me higher, the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up, that night-time sky
With burning love
Your kiss, has left me higher, the sweet song of a fire
Lighting up, that night-time sky
With burning love

Credits

Releases

Versions

  1. 1.0 1.1 1989 Studio Version (3:04)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 1990 Live Version (3:01)
  3. 3.0 3.1 1989 Rehearsal Version (2:14)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 1989 Live Tele-5 Version (3:49) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":1" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":1" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":1" defined multiple times with different content
  5. 5.0 5.1 1989 Studio Version RMX (3:13)
  6. 1989 San Francisco Live Version (3:15)
  7. 1989 Demo Version (2:54)
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