KISS OF FIRE – GEORGIA GIBBS – 1952

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Funny how the language of love is all about fire.

Your former relationships are “old flames.” If you love someone, but have not declared yourself, you are “carrying a torch.” When a relationship gets tired and the chemistry is gone, we say “the fire has gone out.” A powerful yearning for someone is a “burning passion.”

I had this song on a 45 rpm vinyl record. I don’t remember what was on the flip side. I was five. I memorized the words and have been howling it ever since. If I’m in the right mood, I will still howl this to Garry. It makes his hearing aids produce feedback.

I particularly like when she sings: “If I’m a slave, then it’s a slave I want to be. DON’T PITY ME. DON’T PITY ME!”

KISS OF FIRE

I touch your lips and all at once the sparks go flying
Those devil lips that know so well the art of lying
And though I see the danger, still the flame grows higher
I know I must surrender to your kiss of fire

Just like a torch, you set the soul within me burning
I must go on along this road of no returning
And though it burns me and it turns me into ashes
My whole world crashes without your kiss of fire

I can’t resist you, what good is there in trying
What good is there denying you’re all that I desire
Since first I kissed you my heart was yours completely
If I’m a slave, then it’s a slave I want to be
Don’t pity me, don’t pity me

Give me your lips, the lips you only let me borrow
Love me tonight and let the devil take tomorrow
I know that I must have your kiss although it dooms me
Though it consumes me, your kiss of fire
Since first I kissed you my heart was yours completely
If I’m a slave, then it’s a slave I want to be
Don’t pity me, don’t pity me

Give me your lips, the lips you only let me borrow
Love me tonight and let the devil take tomorrow
I know that I must have your kiss although it dooms me
Though it consumes me, your kiss of fire….

And just for the fun of it, this is Hugh Laurie’s (yes, Dr. House) version:

This is absolutely the most wonderful, passionate, totally over-the-top love song ever recorded.  Have a great weekend!

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5 thoughts on “KISS OF FIRE – GEORGIA GIBBS – 1952

  1. I know the song somehow im another language, spanish perhaps? I have my romantic moments, usually if I watch a film about an animal, but otherwise no, not at all. We have a saying in German when you are enthusiastic about something “Feuer und Flamme” – “fire and flames” which I find a good expression. and down to earth.

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    • This song has been recorded by EVERYONE. It started out as an Argentinian tango, then words were written for it in Spanish, then eventually, English. It was a big hit in 1952 (Georgia Gibbs) … when I was 5. Even then, I thought it was hilarious. Because I know all the words but I don’t have a voice (and this song really requires a VOICE), I sing it to Garry and it always makes him giggle. It is SO totally over the top. Anyway, when i saw today’s prompt, I couldn’t help myself 🙂

      So yes, you are right. You probably heard it first in Spanish because it was originally recorded in Spanish. Sounds better in Spanish, too. All those rolling Rrrrrrs.

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    • When I started looking, I realized that almost everyone has recorded some version of it. Louis Armstrong’s was probably the most interesting and Nat King Cole’s version the worst (I love his stuff, but this was not his kind of song). Frankie Laine did a version (yikes). I don’t even remember. I think maybe because the song is so very over the top. It really does make Garry giggle. AND blush 🙂

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