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Garth Brooks Standing Outside the Fire | Inspires you to look at life differently

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I’m Spanish and when I was 13 years old my English teacher played a song for us to practice listening. We had to write down the lyrics. The truth is that I didn’t understand much, except: “Life is not tried it is merely survived if you’re standing outside the fire”. Which is to say, you don’t live if you don’t take risks. That marked me.

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Trembol | Story behind Garth Brooks Standing Outside the Fire

When a song marks you, it does so forever. That’s what happened to me as a teenager with Standing Outside the Fire.

It was one of those beautiful coincidences, because living in Spain, my chances of hearing a Garth Brooks Country song in the 90’s were slim to none.

The thing is that they played it to me at school to learn English and since then it has inspired me, because that’s what this song does, it pushes you to take a risk, not to play it safe, since otherwise you won’t know everything you can achieve in life.

The video deserves special mention 📽️ Today, almost 30 years after Garth Brooks released Standing Outside the Fire in 1993, he continues to receive letters, mostly from participants in Special Olympics, thanking him for the emotional and inspiring video.

  • The clip depicts a student with Down syndrome who signs up for a non-disabled race and trains hard to do so 🏃🏽

Garth Brooks explains how Standing Outside the Fire came out

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El tema de la canción era una declaración que sentía que tenía que hacer, quizás porque también era una declaración que necesitaba escuchar.

Es una de esas canciones que hablan de vivir, de asumir esos riesgos, esas oportunidades, de no ir a lo seguro, de permitir el fracaso, de permitir un poco de desorden en el camino. ¿Cómo se dice: “Más vale fracasar en el intento que no intentarlo nunca“?

Si no atendemos a la pasión, a esa cosa que llevamos dentro, ¿estamos viviendo realmente una vida plena? Yo siempre lo he creído. Y a lo largo de mi vida, las canciones han sido lo que me ha ayudado a recordarlo.

Esta canción se unió a esa familia. Y una vez que la llevamos al estudio, sabíamos que era diferente a todo lo que habíamos hecho antes.

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This one was a statement I felt like I needed to make, maybe because it was also a statement I needed to hear.

You know, it’s one of those songs about living, about taking those risks, those chances, not playing it safe, allowing failure, allowing a little mess along the way. What is it they say, ‘Better to fail trying than to never try?

If we don’t respond to passion – to that thing deep within us – are we really living the fullest life? And I’ve always believed that. And throughout my life, songs have been the things that have helped me remember that.

This song joined that family. And once we brought it in the studio, it got a treatment that was different from anything we’d ever done.

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You can’t miss ⭐️ The best part of Standing Outside the Fire

1. How the song raises when it says, “you got to be tough” and the Country fiddles start playing.

2. The message of the chorus: “Life is not tried it is merely survived if you’re standing outside the fire“.

3. The final part, first creates a dreamy atmosphere, to move to a rhythm that calls you to action.

This is what is says | Garth Brooks Standing Outside the Fire Lyrics

Englihs lyrics

LYRICS GARTH BROOKS | STANDING OUTSIDE THE FIRE | ENGLISH

We call them cool
Those hearts that have no scars to show
The ones that never do let go
And risk it the tables being turned

We call them fools
Who have to dance within the flame
Who chance the sorrow and the shame
That always come with getting burned

But you got to be tough when consumed by desire
‘Cause it’s not enough just to stand outside the fire
We call them strong
Those who can face this world alone
Who seem to get by on their own
Those who will never take the fall

We call them weak
Who are unable to resist
The slightest chance love might exist
And for that forsake it all

They’re so hell bent on giving, walking a wire
Convinced it’s not living if you stand outside the fire

Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

There’s this love that is burning
Deep in my soul
Constantly yearning to get out of control
Wanting to fly higher and higher
I can’t abide standing outside the fire

Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

Standing outside the fire
Standing outside the fire
Life is not tried it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire

LYRICS IN SPANISH

LYRICS GARTH BROOKS | STANDING OUTSIDE THE FIRE | SPANISH

Los llamamos fríos
Esos corazones que no tienen cicatrices que mostrar
Los que nunca se dejan llevar
Y se arriesgan a que se cambien las tornas

Los llamamos tontos
Que tienen que bailar dentro de las llamas
Que se arriesgan a la pena y a la vergüenza
que siempre implican quemarse

Pero tienes que ser duro cuando te consume el deseo
Porque no basta con quedarse fuera del fuego
Los llamamos fuertes
A los que pueden enfrentarse solos a este mundo
Que parecen arreglárselas solos
Aquellos que nunca asumirán la caída

Los llamamos débiles
Que son incapaces de resistir
la más mínima posibilidad de que exista el amor
Y por eso renuncian a todo

Están tan empeñados en dar, caminando por un cable
Convencidos de que no vives si te quedas fuera del fuego

Estando fuera del fuego
Estando fuera del fuego
La vida no se vive, sólo se sobrevive
Si te quedas fuera del fuego

Hay un amor que arde
En lo profundo de mi alma
Anhelando constantemente que pierda el control
Queriendo volar más y más alto
No puedo soportar estar fuera del fuego

Estando fuera del fuego
Estando fuera del fuego
La vida no se vive, sólo se sobrevive
Si te quedas fuera del fuego

Estando fuera del fuego
Estando fuera del fuego
La vida no se vive, sólo se sobrevive
Si te quedas fuera del fuego

Songwriters: Garth Brooks / Jenny L. Yates | Lyrics Standing Outside the Fire © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management | Background Image: Garth Brooks Facebook Page

Did you know...?

Garth Brooks wrote Standing Outside the Fire while chatting in a coffee shop with a good friend named Jenny Yates, in Los Angeles in 1992.

Garth was talking to Jenny about something new he wanted to do, which he thought was interesting, but involved a high risk (“it just stood outside the fire“, he said). There was a moment of silence and then they got down to writing. An hour and a half later the song was ready.

Garth Brooks has sold 128 million records, second only to Elvis as the best-selling solo artist of the 20th century in the United States.

In 1993, Brooks embarked on his first world tour in support of the album. Each concert began with “Standing Outside The Fire” accompanied by fireworks. 🎆

Much more | Brooks against streaming, live version…

One of Garth Brooks’ most famous television performances was at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1994.

You won’t find Garth Brooks’ songs and albums on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, or any other streaming platform. Garth can be considered a classic artist when it comes to that as he likes listening to his music on the radio, as well as the pleasure of listening to a full album when you buy it.

  • Still, he is adapting to the times and recently signed a deal with Amazon Music 🎵, so you can find part of his catalog there.

Technical Note about Standing Outside the Fire

  • The song is in the key of A major and is played at 115 bits per minute.

Standing Outside the Fire Chords

  • 📝 Intro: A – D – A
  • 🎼 Chorus: D – E – A – D – E – A – E – D – A – D – D – E – A

Try to guess the instruments used in Standing Outside the Fire.

  • 🪕 The answer: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, bass, violin, piano, percussion, mandolin (this one was hard), vocals and harmony vocals.
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