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Sex On Fire
Song

Sex On Fire

Kings of Leon
Album:
Only By The Night

Song Meaning and Background of Sex On Fire by Kings On Leon


The lead vocalist Caleb wrote the song about model Lily Aldridge, who was then his girlfriend and is now his wife. Nathan Followill clarified that the band never intended the song to be called "Sex on Fire" and that it was not supposed to be about sexuality in an interview on Triple J, an Australian radio station.


The lyrics were completely different. Whether a song begins with words or a melody is determined by which comes first. If the melody comes first, you simply play the melody repeatedly until you have it right, then add any lyrics that make sense lyrically. The song was supposed to be "Set Us on Fire," but as we were playing, one of the sound mixers in the studio strolled in and said, "'Sex on Fire, huh?" And we continued to joke about it as a sort of running gag.


In Australia, Finland, Ireland, and the UK, Kings of Leon achieved their first number-one hit thanks to the song. The band received their first Grammy nominations for the song.


Lyrics of Sex On Fire by Kings On Leon


Lay where you're laying

Don't make a sound

I know they're watching

They're watching

 

All the commotion

The kiddie-like play

It has people talking

Talking

 

You

Your sex is on fire

 

The dark of the alley

The breaking of day

Head while I'm driving

I'm driving

 

Soft lips are open

Them knuckles are pale

Feels like you're dying

You're dying

 

You

Your sex is on fire

Consumed

With what's just transpired

 

Hot as a fever

Rattle of bones

I could just taste it

Taste it

 

If this not forever

If this just tonight

Oh we're still the greatest

The greatest

The greatest

 

You

Your sex is on fire

 

You

Your sex is on fire

Consumed

With what's just transpired

 

And you

Your sex is on fire

Consumed

With what's just transpired

Release Date

2008

Songwriter/s

Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill

Producer/s

Angelo Petraglia, Jacquire King

Label/s

RCA

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