Fire Lake

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"Fire Lake"
Bob Seger Fire Lake single.png
Single by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
from the album Against the Wind
B-side "Long Twin Silver Line"
Released January 1980
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Soft rock, Heartland rock, Yacht rock
Length 3:30
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Bob Seger
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"Old Time Rock and Roll"
"Fire Lake"
"Against the Wind"
"Old Time Rock and Roll"
"Fire Lake"
"Against the Wind"

"Fire Lake" is a song written and recorded by American musical artist Bob Seger. Seger planned to record "Fire Lake" for his 1975 album Beautiful Loser, but the track was not finished. The song had been partly written years before, in 1971[citation needed], and was finally finished in 1979 and released in 1980 on Seger's album Against the Wind. It reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] A much appreciated live rendition of the song also has been made.[2][3]

Background and writing[edit]

Seger and colleagues decided to make "Fire Lake" the first single from Against the Wind because it was "totally and unequivocally unlike anything I'd ever done before."

  • "The lyric is very ... different ... and very kind of unique. It's about taking risks. About risking love, chucking it all and just heading off with a bunch of wild people, whatever.
  • "It is one of my favorite lyrics down through the years, and the track is very unusual. It's sort of an R&B meets country kind of thing.
  • "I really wanted it to be the first single but I never thought Capitol would agree to it, and I believe it was Punch (Andrews, Seger's manager and often co-producer) who talked them into it. What I liked about it was that it broke new ground for us. It really showed that we were unafraid to push the envelope of what we were doing before, which was basically pretty hot rock and roll, you know, with a few ballads thrown in."


Three of the Eagles provided the backing vocals for this track: Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit. Seger's recording engineer David Cole makes reference to the song on his website when he talks of his history with Seger: "I was there when the Eagles sang 'Who wants to go to Fire Lake?' and many other great moments during the Stranger in Town album".[4]

References in pop culture[edit]

The song is mentioned by Stephen Colbert in an interview with Eminem about Michigan´s musical heritage.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[6] 57
Belgian VRT Top 30 21
Canadian RPM Top 100 3
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
Dutch Singles Chart 26
French Singles Chart 41
New Zealand Singles Chart 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 31

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 68


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Pop Songs: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 218. 
  2. ^ "Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Fire Lake". YouTube. 2015-05-16. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Bob Seger- Fire Lake". YouTube. 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  4. ^ "David Cole homepage". Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  5. ^ "Only In Monroe - July 2015". YouTube. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.