Tag Archives: Gregg Wattenberg

SINGLE PREMIERE: Phillip Phillips – “Raging Fire”

He didn't start the "Fire".

He didn’t start the “Fire”.

Burning onto the scene this week is the latest from singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips. “Raging Fire” is the first single from Phillips’s forthcoming second studio album, title TBA, which is due later this spring. It was written by Phillips himself and produced by Gregg Wattenberg, who also produced the major of the singer’s debut effort, The World From The Side Of The Moon. It goes to both digital services and radio today, and officially goes for AAA radio adds on the 17th. Look for the former American Idol winner to return to the show that crowned him back in 2012 with a live performance of the song on Thursday night.

(Listen to “Raging Fire”) — (Download “Raging Fire” on iTunes)

“RAGING FIRE” (3:45)

[Verse 1]
We are dead to rights, morning rays
We are thick and thin ’til our last days
So hold me close and I’ll surrender to your heart
You know how to give and how to take
You see every hope I locked away
So pull me close and surrender to my heart

[Bridge]
If the flame goes out tonight
Yeah, we’ll live until we die

[Chorus]
So c’mon c’mon c’mon
Won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire?
C’mon c’mon c’mon
‘Til we lose control into a raging fire
Into a raging fire
C’mon c’mon c’mon
Won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire?

[Verse 2]
You know time will give and time will take
All the memories made will wash away
Even though we’ve changed, I’m still here with you
If you listen close, you’ll hear the sound
Of all the ghosts that bring us down
Hold on to what makes you feel
Don’t let go, it’s what makes you real

[Bridge]
If the flame goes out tonight
Yeah, we’ll live until we die

[Chorus]
So c’mon c’mon c’mon
Won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire?
C’mon c’mon c’mon
‘Til we lose control into a raging fire
Into a raging fire
C’mon c’mon c’mon
Won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire?

[Middle 8]
Let the world leave us behind, let your heart be next to mine
‘fore the flame goes out tonight, we can live until we die

C’mon c’mon c’mon
Won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire?

[Chorus]
So c’mon c’mon c’mon
Won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire?
C’mon c’mon c’mon
‘Til we lose control into a raging fire
Into a raging fire
C’mon c’mon c’mon
Won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire?

Leave a comment

Filed under Single Reviews

Adam’s Top 100 of 2013: #9, Phillip Phillips – “Gone, Gone, Gone”

Going, going, "Gone".

Going, going, “Gone”.

First Chart Entry: “Home” (#29, 2002)
Biggest Hit To Date: “Gone, Gone, Gone” (#2 for two weeks, 2013)

“GONE, GONE, GONE”
#2 for two weeks, 25 weeks in the top 40

Music Video:

“Like a drum, baby, don’t stop beating.” Way to be percussively persuasive right there, Phillip Phillips. The former American Idol winner rose up the charts again with the followup single to “Home”, another decent-sized success.

Lifted from his late 2012 release, The World From The Side Of The Moon, “Gone, Gone, Gone” was co-written by Todd Clark, Derek Fuhrmann and producer Gregg Wattenberg. (Wattenberg’s name has appeared a few times on this list so far.) I first wrote about the song in a rather punny review on December 10 of last year, long before it was pushed to Hot AC radio. It’s a solid pop/rock tune about being there for someone even when they’re out of your life. Amazingly enough, “Gone” managed to sneak past two #2 songs that each spent five weeks a piece in the runner-up slot, which seems sort of unusual. However, Phillips’s steadier run as opposed to a fast rise/fast fall situation balanced out his numbers and led him into the top ten this year.

His success has been limited to North America even though he’s charted elsewhere, but perhaps a bigger international push may be something to look into during the era for his second album. After a college tour this past fall, I’m sure he’ll be back in the studio in early 2014 laying down some new tracks. Whether he experiences the sophomore slump or survives through that crucial followup release, that’s yet to be determined.

Congrats Phillip on your biggest chart hit yet for me! American Idol may not have the same appeal it once did, but at least the show got a good winner out of it.

Leave a comment

Filed under Adam's Top 100 of 2013