Song Lyric Sunday: Three Dog Night, “Heaven Is In Your Mind”; The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, “Fire”

Jim’s prompt for today comes to us by way of Ai, who suggested "heaven/hell." I held off doing this until most of you had a chance to post your choices, so I wouldn’t step on anyone’s else idea…

Okay, that’s not entirely true. The fact was that I had the mother of all backaches last night and didn’t feel up to doing any writing…

Anyway, my "heaven" song is "Heaven Is In Your Mind," written by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, and Chris Wood of the band Traffic, which appeared on their first album, 1968’s Mr. Fantasy. I actually like the cover by Three Dog Night better, so here’s theirs, from their live album Recorded Live At The Forum.

The lyrics, courtesy of AZLyrics:

Ride on the swing in and out of the bars
Capturing moments of life in their jars
Playing with children, acting as stars
Guiding your visions to heaven
And heaven is in your mind

Take extra care not to lose what you feel
Apple you’re eating is simple and real
So water the flowers that grow at your heel
Guiding your visions to heaven
And heaven is in your mind

Ride on the swing in and out of the bars
Capturing moments of life in their jars
Playing with children, acting as stars
Guiding your visions to heaven
And heaven is in your mind

Take extra care not to lose what you feel
Apple you’re eating is simple and real
Water the flowers that grow at your heel
Guiding your visions to heaven
And heaven is in your mind

Now for the "hell" song: what else? The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown’s hit record from 1968, "Fire." It was written by Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker and appeared on their eponymous 1968 debut album.

YouTube user V was kind enough to put the lyrics in the description:

I am the God of Hell Fire and I’ll bring you

Fire
I’ll take you to burn
Fire
I’ll take to learn
I’ll see you burn

You fought hard and you saved and earned
But all the things got to burn
Out your mind, your tiny mind
You know you’ve really been so blind
Now’s your time, burn your mind
You fall apart, went far behind

Oh no Oh no Oh no
You gonna burn

Fire
To destroy all you’ve done
Fire
To end all you’ve become

I’ll feel you burn

You’ve been living like a little girl
In the middle of your little world
Into flames you turn your mind
You know you’ve really been so blind
Now’s your time, fool your mind
You ‘re falling far, too far behind
Oooh

Fire
To destroy all you’ve done
Fire
To end all you’ve become

You gonna burn
You gonna burn
You gonna burn
You gonna burn
Burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, burn, burn
Whhaaaaa

Fire
I’ll take you to burn
Fire
I’ll take you to learn
Fire
I’ll take you to bed
Fire
To destroy all you’ve done
Fire
To end all you’ve become
Fire
I’ll take you to burn
I’ll see you burn
Destroy all you’ve done
Fire
Fire
I’ll take you to hell

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday (and Song of the Day) for May 9, 2021.

21 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Three Dog Night, “Heaven Is In Your Mind”; The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, “Fire”

  1. I know the Traffic song, I think it was on classic rock radio often. (And I also love Steve Winwood). Thanks for a great song!

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  2. I don’t know the 3 Dog Night song but enjoyed listening to it. Fire always makes me chuckle because he is like a square peg trying to get through a round hole…he is an odd duck but you have to love that song.

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  3. Great twofer. I don’t remember the Traffic song but Fire was instantly recognizable. Nice throw back 😎🎡

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  4. “Heaven Is in Your Mind” is such a great song and I love the Traffic version. The sound of it always reminded me of something from a burlesque club band backing a stripper. The raunchy sax was fantastic.

    I recall seeing Arthur Brown do the “Fire” song on some TV show–either Tom Jones or Sonny & Cher show maybe. He had that crazy fire head topper and all sorts of psychedelic effects. It was a good performance.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I like the Traffic version, I just like the Three Dog Night version a little better.

      Arthur Brown sure put on a show, didn’t he? Too bad he didn’t have any more hits…

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    1. Three Dog Night really didn’t get big on the charts until they did “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” in ’70. They had already done several albums by then, and this was on one of those. I don’t think they actually released it as a single…

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  5. I saw Three Dog Night at the county fair in the late 80s, but I don’t think they did this song. It doesn’t sound familiar anywayπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

    The Hell song IS familiar though. I don’t know when or where I heard it… Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. By the late ’80’s, Three Dog Night had already had a lot of hits and probably didn’t need to go that far back. I saw them at a corporate event in the early ’80’s.

      “Fire” came out in ’68 and was all over the radio for a while, and Arthur Brown made a few TV appearances by then. If you listened to oldies stations, you probably heard it there.

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  6. Two great choices. Much as I love Traffic, I think I agree that Three Dog Night did it better. YouTube has a live vid of Traffic playing the song in 1972; that’s better than the earlier versions, but they just didn’t have the harmonies Three Dog Night did.

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