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Tommy James and the Shondells: Ball of Fire Meaning


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Song Released: 1969

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Ball of Fire Lyrics

Scarlet hoverin' my head
Pretty and red, pretty and red
Flowers dyin' in their bed
Oh, yeah

Why is everyone crying, mmm, hmm
Don't you know you can see
Shining down on you and me, yeah

And the ball of fire in the sky, yeah

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2023 report

    As a child who lived through the Cuban missile crisis, I always felt the song is about first seeing a nuclear explosion and then experiencing all the destructiveness and horrors that follow.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 10th 2022 report

    I thought it was about no matter what bad things happen to us. The LORD is watching over us until the day we accept him,but until that time HE still watches over us because he loves us no matter what.

  3. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2021 report

    Once I found the lyrics it struck me as being about someone shot dead in Vietnam (as a 2 tour vet)! Beautiful in its impact!

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2020 report

    After traumatic experiences that spirit is still watching over and looking after u, i came to believe what this song meant after my brother passed away, it was his favourite song and the more i listened to the lyrics i noticed how it made sense to me. It makes me feel warm inside, i like to think he is still close to me

  5. Mamapapame
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    Aug 26th 2019 report

    Definatly revelation of 91

  6. anonymous
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    Aug 26th 2019 report

    I totally agree .

    I was in 7th grade .

    Towers are falling tumbling down......

    After 911 I pointed that out to some folks .

    Needless to say .

    I'm crazy.

    Don't think so

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 22nd 2019 report

    The ball of fire is naturally the sun but much of lyrics don't fit until the ball of fire appears in the sky on 9-11 and then the towers fall, tumbling down tumbling down
    And that is why everyone is crying.
    Then the angels sing.
    A prophetic song, Tommy James was both studying the book of Revelation and doing mind-altering drugs at the time inspiring the song crystal blue persuasion.

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 19th 2013 report


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