What is this song?
March 8, 2012 8:57 PM   Subscribe

Extremely vague song description: I heard a woman playing acoustic guitar in Boston at South Station tonight. She was playing a fairly famous song from the 60's or 70's. The song is sung by a male with a deep scratchy voice, like hungover whiskey voice. He is singing powerfully and it is a powerful song. Not a happy song. It's a singer's song, not so much about the music. The song is definitely famous enough, but not something you would regularly hear, or hear at all on a classic rock radio station. I picture the man singing it to have a lot of facial hair. The lyrics may contain the word 'fire' or they may not.
posted by comatose to Grab Bag (26 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Is Fire and Rain too obvious?
posted by Snarl Furillo at 9:00 PM on March 8, 2012

The needle and the damage done. EVERYBODY plays it.
posted by modernserf at 9:02 PM on March 8, 2012

Video. I must have heard a dozen MBTA performers do this song.
posted by modernserf at 9:04 PM on March 8, 2012

Who by fire? by leonard cohen?

after the mindblowing assist from sonny rollins! who could resist that sh*t!
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 9:12 PM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Not Neil Young. Despite not being born in either of those decades I am fairly well versed in classic rock and Neil Young would be way too obvious.
posted by comatose at 9:14 PM on March 8, 2012

Could it have been I'm on Fire, by Bruuuuuuce?

posted by esmerelda_jenkins at 9:40 PM on March 8, 2012

I know there was a 70s version of the Pointer Sisters' Fire by a guy, but can't find that version.
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 10:42 PM on March 8, 2012

Well that sure sounds like a description of Tom Waits voice.
Come on up to the House, has fire in the lyric.

Harry Nillson: Jump into the fire
posted by artdrectr at 10:44 PM on March 8, 2012

Maybe not scratchy enough, but something by Gordon Lightfoot?
posted by caclwmr4 at 10:49 PM on March 8, 2012

Hoyt Aston Flash of Fire?
posted by fshgrl at 10:56 PM on March 8, 2012

Another vote for Tom Waits. You could start by checking out songs from Asylum Years. From these I might guess "Kentucky Avenue" which has a verse about burning down a house.
posted by rongorongo at 11:01 PM on March 8, 2012

How Do You Do? is probably too happy to be the song you heard, but your description of a hairy guy with a scratchy voice reminded me of the singer here.
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:10 AM on March 9, 2012

Maybe Sunday Morning Coming Down?
posted by Ducks or monkeys at 1:08 AM on March 9, 2012

pH Indicating Socks: That was also Bruce Springsteen; he actually wrote it.
posted by esmerelda_jenkins at 1:49 AM on March 9, 2012

I'm On Fire by Bruce Springsteen came instantly to mind after reading your description, except that as far as I know, its from the 80s.
posted by DuchessProzac at 2:07 AM on March 9, 2012

And I've just noticed it was mentioned a little way up. D'oh!
posted by DuchessProzac at 2:09 AM on March 9, 2012

Cat Stevens has a beard.
posted by Orchestra at 2:39 AM on March 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

Ring of Fire?
posted by jet_silver at 4:47 AM on March 9, 2012

Fire on the mountain. Jerry was hairy.
posted by kenaldo at 5:47 AM on March 9, 2012

The Pointer Sisters' Fire was a Springsteen cover.
posted by brujita at 5:50 AM on March 9, 2012

The Heather Nova version of 'I'm On Fire'?
posted by ninebelow at 5:55 AM on March 9, 2012

The Doors, Light My Fire?
posted by doorsfan at 6:31 AM on March 9, 2012

Joe Cocker fits the scratchy, powerful, famous-in-the-60s and hairy parts. As for the song, maybe Love is Alive?
posted by Killick at 6:35 AM on March 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

How bout Bob Seger?
Fire Down Below
Fire Inside
posted by teekat at 7:20 AM on March 9, 2012

Something by Kris Kristopherson? (may have misspelled the last name)
posted by Eicats at 7:50 AM on March 9, 2012

No facial hair, but This Wheel's on Fire by Bob Dylan?
posted by MeiraV at 5:49 PM on March 9, 2012

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