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I See Fire is a song by Ed Sheeran which appears on the soundtrack of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and on the deluxe edition of Sheeran's second album, X. It appeared as the end-credit song for the film. "I See Fire" was the first solo song that Ed Sheeran had released in over two years. It debuted at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was released on November 5, 2013.

BackgroundEdit

Peter Jackson discovered Sheeran through his daughter Katie in early 2013, and then met him while he was touring in New Zealand. When searching for an artist to record the end-credit of The Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson and producer/co-writer Fran Walsh decided, following the advice of their daughter, to ask him to write and perform the song. The Hobbit was the first book Sheeran ever read, and he was a fan of both Tolkien's and Jackson's work.

CompositionEdit

In only one day, Sheeran watched the film at Park Road Post, immediately went to a room to write the song, and recorded most of it. Despite having never played violin in his whole life, he choose to perform it himself via overdubbing. Pete Cobbin from Abbey Road Studios, responsible for the mixing of the musical score of The Desolation of Smaug by Howard Shore, was at Park Road at the same time and mixed of "I See Fire", with Jackson being present during the whole recording.

ReleaseEdit

"I See Fire" was released on iTunes by WaterTower Music and Decca Records on 5 November 2013. It was later released in album format in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on 10 December 2013.

Live PerformancesEdit

Sheeran performed the song on 7 February 2014 with Taylor Swift, who he was surprise guest for, during her Red Tour at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany.

Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran "I See Fire" - Berlin, O2 World05:41

Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran "I See Fire" - Berlin, O2 World

Music VideoEdit

The official music video for "I See Fire" premiered on 5 November 2013, along with the release of the song. The video shows Sheeran during the production of the song and Sheeran performing the song, as well as shots of the film. Peter Jackson stating, "It was a great experience, and what you will see in this video are moments captured by our behind the scenes team during the creation of the song".

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug - Ed Sheeran "I See Fire" HD-005:40

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug - Ed Sheeran "I See Fire" HD-0

PersonnelEdit

Endcredits

I See Fire in The Desolation of Smaug credits

  • Ed Sheeran - lead and backing vocals, guitar, violin, mixing
  • TBA - cello
  • Pete Cobbin - mixing

Chart PerformanceEdit

Charts (2013) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 10
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 21
Denmark (Tracklisten) 3
Ireland (IRMA) 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 13
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard) 15

LyricsEdit

Oh, misty eye of the mountain below
Keep careful watch of my brothers' souls
And should the sky be filled with fire and smoke
Keep watching over Durin's son

If this is to end in fire
Then we shall all burn together
Watch the flames climb high into the night
Calling out father, stand by and we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on the mountain side

And if we should die tonight
Then we should all die together
Raise a glass of wine for the last time
Calling out father, prepare as we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on the mountain side
Desolation comes upon the sky

Now I see fire, inside the mountain
I see fire, burning the trees
And I see fire, hollowing souls
I see fire, blood in the breeze
And I hope that you'll remember me

Oh, should my people fall
Then surely I'll do the same
Confined in mountain halls
We got too close to the flame
Calling out father hold fast and we will
Watch the flames burn auburn on the mountain side
Desolation comes upon the sky

Now I see fire, inside the mountain
I see fire, burning the trees
I see fire, hollowing souls
I see fire, blood in the breeze
And I hope that you'll remember me

And if the night is burning
I will cover my eyes
For if the dark returns then
My brothers will die
And as the sky's falling down
It crashed into this lonely town
And with that shadow upon the ground
I hear my people screaming out

Now I see fire, inside the mountain
I see fire, burning the trees
I see fire, hollowing souls
I see fire, blood in the breeze

I see fire, oh you know I saw a city burning (fire)
I see fire, feel the heat upon my skin (fire)
And I see fire (fire)
And I see fire burn auburn on the mountain side

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