Youtubin’: Strange Fruit – “The Flame Still Burns” from the film Still Crazy

I think it’s safe to say that the 1998 British film Still Crazy is my favourite movie about a fictional band.  Yes, that means I like it better than the “big one”.  I definitely prefer it to Rock Star.  It’s just plain better, from story to performance to music.  I never cried during Rock Star, but I do weep during Still Crazy when guitarist Brian makes his triumphant return to the stage during “The Flame Still Burns”, as sung by Jimmy Nail.

Foreigner later recorded “The Flame Still Burns” in 2017. It was co-written by Mick Jones.

I live a life that’s surreal
Where all that I feel I am learning
My life is like an ever spinning wheel
Fueld by a fire that’s still burning

And in time, it’s all a sweet mystery
When you shake the tree of temptation
Yeah and I, I know the fear and the cost
Of a paradise lost in frustration

And the flame still burns
It’s there in my soul, forever I know
And the flame still burns
From a glimmer back then
It lights up again in my life

Ooh I, I want my thoughts to be heard
The unspoken words of my wisdom
Today as the light starts to glow
Tomorrow who knows who will listen

But my life has no language of love
No words from above are appearing
But in time, in time the fire will grow
With a reason for hope and believing

And the flame still burns
It’s there in my soul, forever I know
And the flame still burns
From a glimmer back then
It lights up again in my life

Oh, keep rolling, keep that flame still burning
Keep on rolling while the world keeps turning
Ah, keep rolling
Yeah, keep rolling
Ah, yeah, ooh

And the flame still burns
It’s there in my soul, it’s there in my soul
And the flame still burns
Yeah, it’s there in my soul, forever I know
And the flame still burns
From a glimmer back then, oh yeah

And the flame still burns
Oh, it’s there in my soul, oh, it’s there in my soul
And the flame still burns
From a glimmer back then
Oh, it lights up again in my life
In my life

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