March 30.2016 – Story Behind “Burning House” by Cam

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Cam’s song “Burning House” is nominated for Sunday night’s Academy Of Country Music Awards for Single Of The Year.

Hear the story here!

“Burning House” is the second single from Cam’s debut EP, Welcome to Cam Country, Camaron Marvel Ochs , known simply as Cam.

The Trey Fanjoy-directed video finds Cam at a party in a burning house. The flames in the clip proved hard to handle at times. “It’s been a crazy day. From puffy sleeves that got removed on the dress, to flaming cocktails bursting, and then lighting my dress on fire,” the singer told Entertainment Tonight just after the video shoot. “I just did a walk up the stairs, and the carpet caught on fire. We’re really lucky everything seems to be okay, and it’s going to turn out beautiful.”

The song describes a torched relationship where the only place the former lovers can be together is in her dreams. But the dream is of a burning house that Cam can’t escape.

The song was inspired by an actual dream Cam had the night before she was due to meet up with an ex at a party. She had split with him a couple of years previously in a discourteous manner and was going though in her mind how to apologize. The songstress drifted off to sleep with those thoughts in her head and dreamt her former beau’s home was in flames with him inside. She rushed into the burning house, ready to die alongside him.

The next morning, Cam skyped her songwriting partner Tyler Johnson in Los Angeles and recounted her dream. They started working on the song and Johnson later played the unfinished demo to Fun. and Bruno Mars producer Jeff Bhasker while the two men were moving furniture. Bhasker was struck by the melody and the image of a burning house. He came up with a chorus for the tune, and the trio finished it up at the producer’s home studio. “A lot of times, a production might just be there to make up for anything that the song is lacking,” Bhasker told Billboard magazine. “If you’ve got a great song, you let it shine, and I always personally try to write a song that stands on its own, that can just be played with a guitar and piano.”

A crackling fire was found in a sound effects library, which Bhasker laid underneath the instrumentation. “It’s not very overt at all,” he said, “but I did kind of think that that needed to be on there.”

When Cam played this to Sony chairman/CEO Doug Morris at his Manhattan office, he offered her a record deal on the spot.

Buy “Burning House” here

Just this week, December 7.2015, “Burning House” was nominated for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Country Solo Performance. The 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Lyrics:
I had a dream about a burning house
You were stuck inside
I couldn’t get you out
I lay beside you and pulled you close
And the two of us went up in smoke

Love isn’t all that it seems
I did you wrong
I’ll stay here with you
Until this dream is gone

I’ve been sleepwalking
Been wondering all night
Trying to take what’s lost and broke
And make it right
I’ve been sleepwalking
Too close to the fire
But it’s the only place that I can hold you tight
In this burning house

I see you at a party and you look the same
I could take you back
But people don’t really change
Wish that we could go back in time
I’d be the one you thought you’d find

Love isn’t all that it seems
I did you wrong
I’ll stay here with you
Till this dream is gone

I’ve been sleepwalking
Been wondering all night
Trying to take what’s lost and broke
And make it right
I’ve been sleepwalking
Too close to the fire
But it’s the only place that I can hold you tight
In this burning house

Flames are getting bigger now
In this burning house
I can hold on to you somehow
In this burning house
Oh and I don’t wanna wake up
In this burning house

And I been sleepwalking
Been wandering all night
Trying to take what’s lost and broke
And make it right
I’ve been sleep walking
Too close to the fire
But it’s the only place that I can hold you tight
In this burning house

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