|Description||The lyrics tell a true story: on 4 December 1971, Deep Purple were in Montreux, Switzerland, to record an album using a mobile recording studio at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino.
On the eve of the recording session, a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino’s theatre. At the beginning of Don Preston’s synthesizer solo on “King Kong”, the place suddenly caught fire when somebody in the audience fired a flare gun toward the rattan covered ceiling. Although there were no major injuries, the resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers’ equipment. The “smoke on the water” that became the title of the song referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino.