Meaning of Dave’s ‘In The Fire’ Lyrics Explained


February 8, 2022, 10:59 PM

Performing the hit song at the 2022 BRIT Awards, here’s a breakdown of the lyrics to Dave’s track ‘In The Fire’ from his number one album ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’

London rapper Dave released his long-awaited album ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’ last year in July, and it’s still one of the best UK rap projects we’ve heard in a while!

Closing the show with a performance of ‘In The Fire’ alongside star rappers of the track Fredo, Meekz, Ghetts and Giggs – Dave have proven themselves to be one of the best rap groups in the UK and we are proud from him !

To celebrate his incredible performance of victory and fire, here is a breakdown of the lyrics to the track “In The Fire”, from Dave’s spectacular album “We’re All Alone In This Together”.

Dave performs In The Fire alongside Fredo, Ghetts, Giggs & Meekz at the 2022 BRIT Awards

Dave performs In The Fire alongside Fredo, Ghetts, Giggs & Meekz at the 2022 BRIT Awards.

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“I heard bullets sing higher than Mariah in the choir”

Fredo begins by saying that he heard gunshots, comparing the sound to singer Mariah Carey’s voice.

“And these weapons bring nothing but prison and death”

However, he goes on to say that guns result in either imprisonment or death.

“Tried and tested, about 20 times arrested. Twice guilty, no comment, I guess they guessed it”

Meekz raps about being convicted of crimes while he hasn’t commented.

“Twenty-one in prison, it made me so strong”

With this world game Meekz refers to ‘So Solid Crew’ which has a song titled ’21 seconds’.

Dave performs In The Fire alongside Fredo, Ghetts, Giggs & Meekz at the 2022 BRIT Awards

Dave performs In The Fire alongside Fredo, Ghetts, Giggs & Meekz at the 2022 BRIT Awards.

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“How many times have they confused me with Scorcher?”

Ghetts has worked with MC Scortcher and says they are often confused.

“It is Moses who speaks to the burning bush. I stood before the fire and learned to cook”

Here he is referring to a biblical story where Moses is seen talking to a burning bush.

“Just passing by he said ‘Giggs can you handle that? He said “Float like a butterfly”

Here, Giggs is referring to a famous quote from Muhammad Ali where he says “Float like a butterfly, twine like a bee.”.

“Błaszczykowski, I’m trying to score with the Poles”

Dave is known for his football references and here is referring to the footballer Jakub (Kuba) Blaszczykowsk.

“I feel like everything but my mother’s salary is increasing”

Dave’s mother is an NHS worker and here he is referring to the lack of pay rises for NHS staff.

What are the full lyrics of “In The Fire”?

I know that I have religion
I belong to the laws and the crew
You see we fought and we are happy
That’s how we push them through
(Have you been tried-)

[Verse 1: Fredo]
Have you been judged in this fire?
I heard bullets sing higher than Mariah in the choir
I spent a lot of time trapping, now I’m tryna retire
But shit runs in my blood and I’m the guy they need
And these guns bring nothing but jail and death, always
All my niggas just admire the fire
Bro squeeze and miss it but we admire a judge
Finesse king, you can never lie to a liar
But Fred’s on fire, I’ve been shooting for days
I have to write them in my notes, they burn the page
Grind the cold nights, put the light on the flame
Now there’s no flame that can melt the ice off my chain, yeah
I really put the ice in the rice for the ‘caine
Me and Santan, you won’t see anything like this again
It’s still my young boys, on the slide with the flame
I really hope your block came with escape routes

[Verse 2: Meekz]
Before I entered, I took the emergency exit
Tried and tested, about twenty times stopped
Twice guilty, no comment, guess they guessed it
Twice the bail, no forensics
It’s an easy pendant, I don’t need a necklace
We stay protected and connected
These are the energies I’m blessed with
And now they watchin’ like Netflix, got me doing the next shit
I’m trying to get rich, but what’s rich?
Suffered more casualties than Boris
I sold more boxes than the post office
Twenty-one years in prison, it made me so strong
Why you think my vision is sick, I changed the game in my brain
And sold robotics, if you fall in my fire, you probably roast on it
Heat the stove, I put hope in it
Because they don’t care about our lives, I put my soul in it
I’m done trying to be someone for strangers
I’m so honest, and they don’t know porridge

[Verse 3: Ghetts]
If I get burned while I watch, I learn better
Guns bustin’, tires turnin’, it’s a Russian and a German
It’s your phone ringing, you can hear the beep
You won’t be saved by the bell when you hear the cry
And it’s so deep, open, ocean
This man escapes shells they can barely see
Me and my brother grape hell, we gon’ share the heat
Now put us in the same cell, we’ll share the sleep
Am I my brother’s keeper? (It’s deeper)
I am my brother’s boss (Speaker)
I’m the oldest
The one who had to make a name for the bells to ring
So no one would disturb my brothers and sisters in this whirlwind
My older cousin wasn’t known for nothing
I never had nobody I could call, but I was old at something
I dig deep with a tool like I’m known to plumb
Something in your chest like it’s Robitussin
Word to the arsonist, I burn it all down
I stood in front of the three dragons and heard “Dracarys”
And now we’re comin’ out G-Wagons and dark parties
Man goes out with bangers and dirty dances
Nobody puts baby in a corner
I raise my daughter, like I’m Swayze in the water
And if it’s already written, maybe I’m the author
So used to the fire, I get chills when I’m naked in the sauna
How many times have they taken me for Scorcher?
I look in the mirror, say “Justin, that’s cool, huh”
Send the Ghetts down and tell ’em “Just bring me some water”
And tell Ghetts I put something in the formula
I’m focused, I don’t need to burn the k*sh
It is Moses who speaks to the burning bush
I stood in front of the fire and learned to cook
I finished my verse and I never heard a hook

[Verse 5: Dave]
In the fire I’ve been tried
Affected the way I was wired inside
You can hide or swipe
I could have been expelled
That’s the definition of a “fight or flight”
You can type anything you want
I know the homeless
Immigration, they took me from my mother’s arms
Damn a gun load, two swords, I’m a Ronin
Błaszczykowski, I try to score with the Poles
My eyes hurt, I plan to stay in the guide
With a vision that will change my life
Crimes on the rise, hate on the rise
I feel like everything but my mother’s salary is increasing
“Did you pass?” that’s the question
Buying a burner has never been a man’s problem
Adoption, we couldn’t find homes for weapons
Near the station, we have polls, no election
In the fire, been tested
Before I had money, it was time for me to invest
Nothing changes, there is still time to invest in
Tricky watch-game, Tutankhamun is money in skeletons
All I have to do is point the finger, they gon’ chop his head off
And tell **** we’re better off as friends
Nights I can’t remember with people I could never forget
Caza Cruz, you could bet a Nusr-et
Don’t make me call a young shooter on the back of a ped
Hitting a lead, civilians grabbing your friends
There’s chaos on the main road
They called choppers and PEDs
All because of some shit you said
I got killers with me (killers with me)
And they love me, they make a man’s heart stop
Shit you find awful gets laughed at
I’m like Meekz, bro, I won’t stop, I can’t stop
Yeah, it’s a little different when you’re starting from the fire

In the fire (yeah)
Have you been judged in the fire? Oh yes)
have you been?

Do your travel research
Don’t see, don’t really see the corners of the world that don’t really interest you
And then, ehm, you know, because then you meet new people
And then these people will tell you new stories
So you become a voice for the voiceless
I mean, you should ask Daniel, really, where he’s going to end up
‘Cause I don’t know, I’m just speculating
More important to you and your family
You can then ask the questions and answer the questions
About where you were created
Like “Where you from, where you going, London, Lagos, LA”
The journey is the movie


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