100 songs which rhyme FYE-ya and diz-EYE-ya.

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100. Who's Gonna Rock You? - The Nolans

Who's gonna rock, gonna rock you now?
Who's gonna put out your FYE-a?
Who's gonna rock, gonna rock you now?
Who's gonna fill your diz-EYE-ya?

99. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like FYE-ya
This burning diz-EYE-ya

98. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys

You are my FYE-ya
The one diz-EYE-ya

97. Burning Up - Madonna

Don't put me off, 'cause I'm on FYE-a
And I can't quench my diz-EYE-ya

96. Venus - Bananarama

I'm your Venus, I'm your FYE-ya
At your diz-EYE-ya

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 4 October 2004 08:45 (fifteen years ago) link

95. The cryptically titled (and rubbish) Desire to Fire by Machine Head

M Carty (mj_c), Monday, 4 October 2004 08:55 (fifteen years ago) link

94. Danger! High Voltage by Electric Six

M Carty (mj_c), Monday, 4 October 2004 08:59 (fifteen years ago) link

93. The Cult - Phoenix
Like a kiss from the lips of Ra that burns on
The pleasures getting wilder
Circling ever higher
A servant of diz-EYE-ya
I'm on FYE-ya
I'm on FYE-ya
I'm on FYE-ya
I'm on FYE-ya

Loose Translation: Sexy Dancer (sexyDancer), Monday, 4 October 2004 14:50 (fifteen years ago) link

92. "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash

Bound by wild desire,
I fell in to a ring of fire.

o. nate (onate), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:03 (fifteen years ago) link

A near-miss: Steve Miller's "Abracadabra"

"Burning flame / Full of desire
Kiss me baby / Let the fire get higher"

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:13 (fifteen years ago) link

91. Rid Of Me - PJ Harvey

Lick my legs, I'm on FYE-ya
Lick my legs of diz-EYE-ya

90. Right By Your Side - Eurythmics

I'm so full of diz-EYE-ya
When you set my head on FYE-ya

89. The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Flame on burn diz-EYE-ya
Love with tongues of FYE-ya

88. Relight My Fire - Take That featuring Lulu / Dan Hartman

Relight my FYE-ya
Your love is my only diz-EYE-ya

87. Desire - U2

With a red guitar...on FYE-ya

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:15 (fifteen years ago) link

my boy lollipop?

peter smith (plsmith), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:16 (fifteen years ago) link

85. Pointer Sisters - Fire
84. Bruce Springsteen - ditto

briania (briania), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Cash really doesn't pronounce "fire" "FYE-ah" though.

Loose Translation: Sexy Dancer (sexyDancer), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:25 (fifteen years ago) link

83. Jimi Hendrix- "I only have one burning diz-EYE-ah: Let me stand next to your FYE-ah! Let me stand next to your FYE-ah," etc.

Nemo (JND), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:36 (fifteen years ago) link

From this year's Eurovision Song Contest, a bumper crop:

82. "Without You" - Reunion. (Netherlands)

Listen to this heart of mine
It’s filled with dear diz-EYE-ya
For you’re the kind I tried so long to find
You set my soul on FYE-ya

81. "Shame On You" - Tomas Thordarson. (Denmark)

You're my FYE-ya, you're my diz-EYE-ya, shame on you
Can't you see that we have gone too far?

80. "Shake It" - Sakis Rouvas. (Greece)

I would trade my life
For a night with you
Driven by diz-EYE-ya
Make that move on me
It's time for you to see
That my world's on FYE-ya

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" (mentioned upthread) is hella awesome, if only for the part where he talk about how his desire is an edgy and dull knife that's been stabbed six inches into his skull.

djdee2005 (djdee2005), Monday, 4 October 2004 15:52 (fifteen years ago) link

79. "Old flames can't hold a candle to you" by Sally Timms, Dolly Parton &c

And I caught a spark from her eyes of forgotten des-EYE-a
With a word or a touch, I could have rekindled that FYE-a

78. "It's a fire" by Portishead

It's a FYE-a
These dreams they pass me by
The salvation I des-EYE-a
Keeps getting me down

77. "Church Of Desire" by Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora &c
And the fever runs h-EYE-a
As I kneel at the altar I can feel your FYE-a
In the Church Of Des-EYE-a
The Church Of Des-EYE-a

76. "Desire" by 2 Unlimited

'Cause I'm filled with des-EYE-a
It's burning in the block with a fever like FYE-a

Acme (acme), Monday, 4 October 2004 16:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Cash really doesn't pronounce "fire" "FYE-ah" though

Well, substitute the Tom Jones cover version then. I will personally guarantee that Jones gets at least two syllables out of "fire".

o. nate (onate), Monday, 4 October 2004 16:30 (fifteen years ago) link

75. Ryan Adams "Desire"

Two hearts fading, like a flower
And All this waiting for the power
For some answer to this fire
Sinking slowly, waters higher
Umm desire, desire

ken taylrr (ken taylrr), Monday, 4 October 2004 16:35 (fifteen years ago) link

74. The Cars "Let's Go"

She's my one Diz-EYE-ah
She's a frozen FYE-ah

Drew Daniel, Monday, 4 October 2004 20:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Alice Cooper - "House of Fire"

sundar subramanian (sundar), Monday, 4 October 2004 20:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" (mentioned upthread) is hella awesome, if only for the part where he talk about how his desire is an edgy and dull knife that's been stabbed six inches into his skull.

that would be "i'm on fire," not "fire." but he doesn't come anywhere near the FYE-ya diz-EYE-ya pronunciation on that one.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Monday, 4 October 2004 20:28 (fifteen years ago) link

Here I stand, the goddess of Diz-EYE-ah,
set men on FYE-ya,
I have this power...

- blazing saddles

autovac (autovac), Monday, 4 October 2004 23:16 (fifteen years ago) link

XTC - Grass

Laying on the grass my heart it flares like FYE-ya
The way you slap my face just fills me with diz-EYE-ya

poi, Monday, 4 October 2004 23:59 (fifteen years ago) link

71. AC/DC - "Guns For Hire"

"I got guns for hire / shoot you with desire"

Roy Williams Highlight (diamond), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 05:53 (fifteen years ago) link

The System, "Don't Disturb This Groove" from 1987

Curt W, Wednesday, 6 October 2004 00:39 (fifteen years ago) link

70. Dio - "Stand Up and Shout"

"You've got diz-EYE-ya
So let it out
You've got the FYE-ya
Stand up and shout"

Also see:

69. Yngwie J. Malmsteen - "Fire"

"Feel the fire,
Your burning desire."

,and later,

"Fire, I'm burning up with desire
You never play with fire."

68. Yngwie J. Malmsteen - "Teaser"

"Teaser, you set my heart on fire
Teaser, put out the flames of my desire."

67. Yngwie J. Malmsteen - "Heaven Tonight"

"Run through the night down streets of desire
Burning my soul, my heart's on fire."

66. Yngwie J. Malmsteen - "Now is the Time"

"Drowning in the flames, in the sea of desire
Angel with the devil's eyes
Turn up the heat and we fall in the fire
Can't you feel the temperature rise."

ricki spaghetti, Wednesday, 6 October 2004 01:11 (fifteen years ago) link




REFICUL!, Wednesday, 6 October 2004 01:48 (fifteen years ago) link

64. Rainbow - "Eyes of Fire"

"Desperately wanting and out of control
Dancing on winds of desire
Oh - even the deadly shades of night
Won't let me hide...from her eyes of fire"

63. Rainbow - "Rock Fever"

"When she opens fire...
Dripping with desire
Skin tight, you're dynamite
I can't get much higher"

62. Deep Purple - "Hold On"

"Hold on--I only want to take you higher
Hold on--You are the root of my desire
Hold on--C'mon baby light my fire
Hold on..."

61. Whitesnake - "Judgement Day"

"We walk toward desire,
Hand and hand
Through fields of fire
With only love to light the way
On the road to Judgement Day"

60. Whitesnake - "Queen of Hearts"

"Then you came along,
Your eyes were flashing with desire,
Oh babe, you got me burning, so much
You got my soul on fire"

ricki spaghetti, Wednesday, 6 October 2004 02:13 (fifteen years ago) link

The Springsteen song you're thinking of as actually "I'm On Fire", DJDee. Which means he used that rhyme TWICE in two different songs, whatta hack! (But both songs are OK so I'll cut him some slack.)

And as I've said a dozen times, maximum respect to Robbie Krieger for rhyming "Light My Fire" with seemingly everything BUT "desire"!

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Wednesday, 6 October 2004 02:46 (fifteen years ago) link

("Liar", "higher", "mire" and "pyre".)

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Wednesday, 6 October 2004 02:48 (fifteen years ago) link

"Don't Disturb This Groove" didn't get counted, so...

58. "Deadwood" - Garbage

I don't need you anymore
I can't use you anymore
Killing the fire and you kill my desire

57. "Fuel" - Metallica

Gimme fuel, gimme fire
Gimme that which I desire

56. "That's The Way Of The World" - Earth Wind & Fire

Hearts of fire
Creates love desire
Take you high and higher (BONUS POINT!)
To the world you belong

And a brace of Jacksons:

55. "Give In To Me" - Michael Jackson

'Cause I'm on fire
Quench my desire

54. "That's The Way Love Goes" - Janet Jackson

Like a moth to a flame
Burned by the fire
My love is blind
Can't you see my desire?

But, greater than all of these:

53. "Jerusalem" - William Blake (& The Fall)

Bring me my bow of burning gold:
Bring me my arrows of diz-EYE-a:
Bring me my spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of FYE-ya!

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 6 October 2004 13:27 (fifteen years ago) link

52. "Julie Ocean" - the Undertones

Julie Ocean, always on fi-rrr-e
Julie Ocean, crazy des-i-rrrrr-e

gerardo francisco, Tuesday, 12 October 2004 20:34 (fifteen years ago) link

51. "Full Of Fire" - Al Green
I'm full of fire, you're my one desire...

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 13 October 2004 22:11 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
BUMP. Somehow of all the list threads in the world, this is the one I really want to see get up to 100. I do note that the FYE/EYE emphasis has been sort of relaxed over the course of it, so in that spirit -

50. Presidents of the United States of America, "Ladies and Gentlemen"

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,
What is your desire?
And hello, ladies and gentlemen,
Explosions and fire.

Doctor Casino (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 6 August 2006 02:20 (thirteen years ago) link

49. Bruce Springsteen - "Sandy" ("Sandy, the angels have lost our desire for us/ I spoke to 'em just last night and they said they won't set themselves on fire for us anymore")

48. Bruce Springsteen - "Rosalita" ("Senorita come sit by my fire/
Rosalita you're my stone desire")

47. Bruce Springsteen - "Because the Night" ("Desire and hunger/ is the fire I breathe"

Mark (MarkR), Sunday, 6 August 2006 02:32 (thirteen years ago) link

No hip-hop yet?

46. Stetsasonic - "On Fire"

Prepare for the heat for the Stet is on fire
Born to be on as the fuel of your desire

45. Stezo - "Girl Trouble"
So off went her clothes, she was hot as fire
I said, "You wanna do it? Whatever you desire!"

44. 2 Live Crew - "2 Live Crew Is What We Are"
Cause they call me Kid Ice, the ladies' fire
When I enter a room, ladies fill with desire

43. Kurtis Blow - "8 Million Stories"
Poor kids admire,ladies desire
They say water can't put out this fire

42. Sugarhill Gang - "8th Wonder"
I'm a touch of lightning, a taste of fire
Well I'm the Master G, and I'm your desire

41. M.O.P. - "How About Some Hardcore"
When I let off, it's a burning desire
Niggas increase the peace cause when I release it be rapid fire

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Sunday, 6 August 2006 05:31 (thirteen years ago) link

40. "We're Gonna Groove". I know Ben E. King wrote the song originally with James Bethea, but Led Zeppelin's version is the one I'm familiar with.

Let me say you're my one desire
You just set my soul on fire

LC (Damian), Sunday, 6 August 2006 08:44 (thirteen years ago) link

39. "Temple Of Love" - Bodies Without Organs.

I'm on FYE-ya
Take me HYE-ya (BONUS POINT!)
Drown my heart in a pool of diz-EYE-ya

38. "Simple Simon (You Gotta Regard)" - Mantronix.

You meet with desire
My awesome form of fire
Foresee my coming cause consume an empire.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Sunday, 6 August 2006 09:50 (thirteen years ago) link

37. The Twin (Boy George) feat. Avenue D. - "Fire Desire"

Ya ain't had my man you're a LI-ya!!

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Sunday, 6 August 2006 11:52 (thirteen years ago) link

36. Out Of The Blue (Into The Fire) by The The

"Come, my love, with your desire
Out of the blue, and into the fire"

One of my favourite songs as well :-(

Louis Jagger (Haberdager), Sunday, 6 August 2006 11:56 (thirteen years ago) link

35. "Beatrice" by Francine:

Beatrice beware
he’ll come to you with his
black and starless hair on fire
though it’s not as if
he’s a bad egg he means well
Beatrice don’t stare
don’t make me rhyme you – know – what
with 'desire'
though it’s not as if
I’m a bad egg I mean well

Myke. (Myke Weiskopf), Sunday, 6 August 2006 14:09 (thirteen years ago) link

All credit to Jim Morrison for at least leaving this one awkward rhyme out of "Light My Fire".

Minnie Ripperton added it in her cover version with Jose Feliciano, though. Ay!

34. "Light My Fire" by Minnie Ripperton feat. Jose Feliciano:
Well then fill me with desire
Light my fire

marc h. (marc h.), Sunday, 6 August 2006 16:23 (thirteen years ago) link

(credit to Robbie Krieger, actually, sorry)

marc h. (marc h.), Sunday, 6 August 2006 16:24 (thirteen years ago) link

33. No my child, this is not my desire/ and then she said,
I'm digging for fire!

The Pixies, Dig for Fire

Billy Pilgrim (Billy Pilgrim), Sunday, 6 August 2006 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

You give me love
    you give me fieya
You give me more
    give me desiya

Yello, "More". They also had a near miss with "Desiyah! For the unknown love! I'm burning!"

The Vintner's Lipogram (OleM), Sunday, 6 August 2006 23:59 (thirteen years ago) link

31. INXS!!!! Heaven Sent.
Your eyes are like deep wells of desire
once in your arms I'm on fire

Billy Pilgrim (Billy Pilgrim), Monday, 7 August 2006 00:26 (thirteen years ago) link

ten years pass...

This path tonight
Where will it lead me?
Crumbling rock and stones on fire
This path tonight
You better believe it
I'm stumbling to my heart's desire
On this path tonight

Graham Nash, 'This Path Tonight'

ToMo, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:03 (three years ago) link

Once I was your hearts desire
Now I am the ape hunkered by the fire

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 'Supernaturally'

ToMo, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:04 (three years ago) link

28. "Love In Flames" by Be Bop Deluxe

I love you with a fever, I love you like a FYE-ya
everything is burning with the flames of my diz-EYE-ya

soref, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 00:11 (three years ago) link

27. Bill Nelson "Flaming Desire"

Love turns to lust, ice into fire
Open your heart to my flaming desire

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 03:19 (three years ago) link

26. Judas Priest - A Touch of Evil

Aroused with diz-EYE-ya
You put me in a trance
A vision of FYE-ya
I never had a chance


Arousing me now
With a sense of diz-EYE-ya
Possessing my soul
Until my body's on FYE-ya

jmm, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 04:21 (three years ago) link

25. Pete Townshend - Flame

Flame, you set me on FYE-ya
Nothing can take me any HYE-ya
I'm fueled on emotion and full of diz-EYE-ya

new noise, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 04:53 (three years ago) link

24. Ozzy Osbourne - Desire (from No More Tears)

It's the same old diz-EYE-ya
Nothing has changed, nothing's the same
Burning like FYE-ya
Don't you ever take my name in vain, oh yeah

Devilock, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 10:06 (three years ago) link

23. Electric Boys - Mary in the Mystery World (from Groovus Maximus)

Mary in the mystery world
She sets my soul on fire
Mary's such a mystery girl
And no one takes me higher
Mary is my desire

Devilock, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 10:10 (three years ago) link

McAuley-Schenker Group - Anytime (from Save Yourself)

Can't stop this fire, lost control over my desire
It burns for you like it always used to do

Pronounced more like FYE/Dez-EYE in this case

Good god there was a lot of this couplet in hard rock/glam; I'm stopping myself here.

Devilock, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 10:19 (three years ago) link

oops that was 22, natch

Devilock, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 10:19 (three years ago) link

U2 did songs called "Fire" and "Desire". One of them does the rhyme, the other does not.

"'Fire' was not a very good song. I always had this faith that we could make it up as we went along, but sometimes we couldn't, and that was a case in point. When you are in a place like Nassau, you don't really want to go in and work. You realize why all these great groups make crap records when they go to record there - who wants to go to the Bahamas and sit in a studio?" - Bono, U2

Whereas "Desire", does.

Then again, they also did "The Unforgettable Fire", which doesn't mention Fire or Desire, let alone rhyme them. Maybe they forgot?

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 11:58 (three years ago) link

21. Modern Talking You're My Heart, You're My Soul

First single of their cliche-ridden career, opening line:

Deep in my heart there's a fire, a burning heart
Deep in my heart there's desire for a start

Siegbran, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 13:02 (three years ago) link

20. kevin ayers - rheinhardt & geraldine

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 13:19 (three years ago) link

19. Journey - "Only The Young"

Only the young can say
They're here to fly away
Sharing the same diz-EYE-ya
Burning like wildFYE-ya

(Actually it's more like desaaaaah / wildfaaaaah but whatever)

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Tuesday, 3 January 2017 13:55 (three years ago) link

Drake might've been reading this thread - he did Fire & Desire last year but the rhyme only features in the title, not in the actual lyrics.

Siegbran, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 16:36 (three years ago) link

18. Wu-Tang Clan - Triumph

Play my position in the game of life standing firm
On foreign land jump the gun out the frying pan into the fire
Transform into the Ghost Rider
A six-pack and A Streetcar Named Desire

jmm, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 16:48 (three years ago) link

lol nice piece by Marc Spitz on this http://www.salon.com/2015/08/15/this_is_the_laziest_rhyme_in_all_of_songwriting_history_and_great_artists_use_it_all_the_time/

flappy bird, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 20:55 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Hey there! I've been keeping a list of fire/desire songs for a while now. I made a Spotify playlist with the stuff I found, plus songs from this forum - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3GI37lxNyGHPrFgGsf26dD?si=HRtXCGGNQ8W2WzJF8pPnpA

It seems like it's been a while since folks have posted here... but hopefully someone will enjoy this!

twomorenights, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 12:03 (five months ago) link

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