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 "Smoke and Fire" is a single by Sabrina Carpenter. It was released on April 29, 2016, selling 6,012 digital copies in its first week. While most thought the song expressed her break-up with Bradley Steven Perry, Sabrina stated the song was "a break-up song but it doesn't make you feel depressed. It actually makes you feel like you're the boss, and it makes you feel like you're a strong, confident woman or man and it just kind of can show everyone that you're not alone". She says that in the studio, her and her producers "just started jamming and the words just fell into place". The song expresses the feelings one experiences after a relationship has ended.

Background and compositionEdit

"Smoke and Fire" is a song with elements of pop and synthpop. Carpenter stated she wrote the song in 2015 and was the first story she had been waiting to tell on her then-upcoming album which had no name at the time. The album showcases Carpenter's new sound but, as one critic noted, it seemed that she was still trying to find a "permanent sound to stick with." Carpenter stated she was still experimenting with new sounds of music and was writing a lot more. She said she had learned to use the internet more, for example she used Rhyme Zone to write "Smoke and Fire" along with other songs on her second album.

When asked what influenced her to write "Smoke and Fire," Carpenter said that she thought it was just "natural maturity." She added that the style of music on her previous album, Eyes Wide Open, gave her the ability to be more free with what she eventually would fall into for future albums because she believed music was all about evolving, changing, growing up, and trying different things. She doesn't see "Smoke and Fire" as an extremely personal song, but rather that she hopes will uplift anyone who listens to it. She felt as though she took the inspiration from a subject that was not good and turned it into something that was. She says she chose this as the expected first single because she felt that it was a great transition and development from Eyes Wide Open. She helped choose the sound for the song and co-wrote it with Ido Zmishlany. She states that there are lots of elements in "Smoke and Fire" that set the sound and tone for the rest of the then-upcoming album that was being set to released later this year.

While fans had high hopes for "Smoke and Fire" to be on Carpenter's upcoming album, Sabrina released "On Purpose" in late July, which was revealed to be the lead single for her second album. In September, she announced the album's name, EVOLution, as well as its track list and album cover. Fans noticed that "Smoke and Fire" was not a part of the track list, and Sabrina later confirmed on Twitter to one fan (who asked why "Smoke and Fire" was not on the album) that the "evolution" came after "Smoke and Fire".

LyricsEdit

Oh, oh, our love is running into a burning building
Oh, oh, our love is scattered ash with a burnt-up feeling
Feel the heat so we started running
You know you saw it coming
But the memories are still in my mind
Burning like smoke and fire

Rumors spread like wildfire
I held a strong ground
But I've been burning down
Cause it's like fire
Is all I hear about
And we are fading out
Don't wanna turn out the light
But it's like...

I'm no firefighter
I just need to breathe tonight
So sound the alarm
And there goes the night

Oh, oh, our love is running into a burning building
Oh, oh, our love is scattered ash with a burnt-up feeling
Feel the heat so we started running
You know you saw it coming
But the memories are still in my mind
Burning like smoke and fire

Secrets in a small town
They always get around
But the flame has been put out
And I am hearing
All this small talk
They whisper as I walk
In a house that's boarded up
So good luck

I'm no firefighter
I just need to breathe tonight
So sound the alarm
And there goes the night

Oh, oh, our love is running into a burning building
Oh, oh, our love is scattered ash with a burnt-up feeling
Feel the heat so we started running
You know you saw it coming
But the memories are still in my mind
Burning like smoke and fire

Smoke and fire
Smoke and fire
Don't you know that
If there's smoke there's fire
Smoke there's fire
Smoke there's fire
Now, now
Oh, oh, and now it's over
Oh, oh, I'm getting colder
Oh, oh, and it's the feeling
Of running into a burning building

Rumors spread like wildfire
I held a strong ground
But I've been burning down

Oh, oh, our love is running into a burning building
Oh, oh, our love is scattered ash with a burnt-up feeling
Feel the heat so we started running
You know you saw it coming
But the memories are still in my mind
Burning like smoke and fire

Smoke and fire
Smoke and fire
Don't you know that
If there's smoke there's fire
Smoke there's fire
Smoke there's fire
Now, now
Oh, oh, and now it's over
Oh, oh, I'm getting colder
Oh, oh, I'm so tired
Burning like smoke and fire

Music videoEdit

The music video was released March 11, 2016 on Vevo and YouTube. According to Carpenter, the video "show flashback memories of an innocent love story in the midst of post breakup beauty and heartbreak." In one of the video's flashbacks, Carpenter's boyfriend visits her during a dance class. He tries to get her to come along with him, but she ignores him and continues dancing. Later they leave the dance class together. As they walk down the street, Carpenter's boyfriend gives her a necklace. Throughout the video, Carpenter fiddles with the necklace. The video ends with her throwing the necklace in the trash.

VideosEdit