Song Lyric Sunday: “Cheatin’ Fire”

In my never-ending quest to post a song that no one else has posted (and one that most likely no one will post), I decided to wait until a few folks had posted before I came up with something. All the songs I thought of off the top of my head had been taken, so I knew I had to come up with something else. What I’ve learned is, when I’m looking for real obscure songs, Craig over at PopRockBopTilUDrop is a good source of them. Last Sunday, he posted an article about Harold Jenkins, known near and far as Conway Twitty, who came up with that stage name by looking at a road map and finding the cities of Conway, Arkansas and Twitty, Texas. Craig had an image of Conway’s song “The Flame” that I was going to use, but when I found the lyrics, they were totally different from what Mr. T was singing. “Oh, nuts!” I said, because it’s Sunday. Then I noticed that someone had posted his song “Cheatin’ Fire” on YouTube, found the lyrics, they matched, and I had my song.

“Cheatin’ Fire” is the first track on Conway’s 1981 album Mr. T. It was written by Dave Hall and Don Miller.

The lyrics from AZLyrics:

Cheatin’ fire, it’s gonna burn higher
Still we lay here in the ashes unconcerned
Every night the same ole thing, we just pour fuel on the flames
Before this cheatin’ fire goes out someone’ll get burned

Here we are again too far gone to gain control
And we can’t find a way to kill the flame
We get lost in our love, don’t know which way to turn
So we’ll just build a fire and let it burn

Cheatin’ fire, it’s gonna burn higher
Still we lay here in the ashes unconcerned
Every night the same ole thing, we just pour fuel on the flames
Before this cheatin’ fire goes out someone’ll get burned

It doesn’t feel so wrong ’cause the fires gone out at home
And right now this feeling’s more than we can stand
We find we’re just too weak to fight this strong desire
And tonight will build another cheatin’ fire

Cheatin’ fire, it’s gonna burn higher
Still we lay here in the ashes unconcerned
Every night the same ole thing, we just pour fuel on the flames
Before this cheatin’ fire goes out someone’ll get burned

Cheatin’ fire, it’s gonna burn higher
(Cheatin’ fire, higher and higher)
Still we lay here in the ashes unconcerned
Every night the same ole thing, we just pour fuel on the flames
Before this cheatin’ fire goes out someone’ll get burned

Cheatin’ fire, it’s gonna burn higher
(Cheatin’ fire, higher and higher)
Still we lay here in the ashes unconcerned
Every night the same ole thing, we just pour fuel on the flames
Before this cheatin’ fire goes out someone’ll get burned

Cheatin’ fire, it’s gonna burn higher
(Cheatin’ fire, higher and higher)
Still we lay here in the ashes unconcerned
Every night the same ole thing, we just pour fuel on the flames
Before this cheatin’ fire goes out someone’ll get burned

Now, that’s my kind of country!

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for April 7, 2019.

28 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Cheatin’ Fire”

    1. He was great. Did you hear the album “Rhythm, Country & Blues,” where R&B singers and country singers did duets? He and Sam Moore did my favorite version of “Rainy Night In Georgia,” and you could just tell how much fun they were having with it. Conway passed shortly after that, but thank heaven he and Sam got the chance to do that song.

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      1. Agreed, John, about country today. Not anything worth listening to, especially the lyrics! I read something awhile back that sliced and diced modern country lyrics and wish I would have saved it.

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  1. I hadn’t heard this one before, but have heard a lot of Conway Twitty’s songs in the past. Interesting how he chose his stage name. Good choice for today…I like it!
    Thanks for the link to a good place to find songs. 🙂

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    1. Craig has a lot of really obscure ones. Doesn’t actually post the songs out there, but he has the ads and pictures of the records, and I haven’t found one that wasn’t on YouTube. He’s really knowledgeable, too.

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  2. My Dad was a huge Conway Twitty fan. I am surprised that he never told the story about the name. He must not have known because my Dad loved to go on about his knowledge of Country music and music in General. Great song choice.

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      1. I was always interested. He is the person that gave me my love of all types of music. I loved listening to his stories about seeing Doris Day, Tommy Dorcey, and others in New York after the war. In his final years he couldn’t remember what he had for breakfast but he could remember every detail of those days. Another favourite moment was when he and my mom were in Vegas and went to see Debby Reynolds. The usher sat them at a prime table (without a tip) and motioned for my dad to take the isle seat. They found out why halfway through the show when Debby walked through the audience singing and kissed my dad on his bald head! He joked that he would never wash it again. LOL

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