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From the album Machine Head, Smoke on the Water was a #3 hit for Deep Purple in 1973.

Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillian, Roger Glover, Jon Lord & Ian Paice

J's Journal:
This is Peter's account of the night when both Jesus and he walked on the water. This song was written in the mid-1990's and was originally slated for the "Jesus Christ Morningstar" CD. I was afraid people would get bored with the same three chords over and over again if we started playing it live. I was wrong. I knew when I wrote this parody that I probably wouldn't be the only person who would come up with that title. Sure enough, many people over the years told us we ought to do a parody of "Smoke on the Water" and call it "Walk on the Water." Been there, done that, I told 'em. The main point of this song is in the third verse, "When you're in the boat, and He says to walk outside, you keep your eyes on Christ." Years later, I found out that Audio Adrenaline had a similar idea for a song with a similar title,"Walk on Water," which came out in 1996 on their "Bloom" album. We were looking for three songs we could learn and record quickly as new bonus tracks for "Hits: The Road," so Karl and I picked this as one of them. I still remembered the words from 10 years earlier, so I knew that was a good sign. It quickly became a crowd pleaser.
Genre: Classic Rock
Length: 5:14

Walk on the Water
Parody of "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple
(Matthew 14:25-33; Isaiah 26:3)

We saw Him on the water
On the lake when it was storming
The waves crashed against the boat, but
He didn’t seem to mind
James, Andrew and the others
Were wishin’ they were safe and sound
It sounds stupid, but I cried out
“Let me take a walk around!”
Walk on the water – Messiah, let me try!
Walk on the water
He turned ‘round and said, "Come out!"
I started to walk around
I looked about and started feelin’ doubt
Thought for sure I would drown
When it all was over
He had to drag me from the lake
As I was drying out
Said, “Peter, why’d you lose your faith?”
Walk on the water – your eyes on Messiah
Walk on the water
I ended up with a lot more faith
Learned a lesson on that day
That when you're on the boat and He says to walk outside
You keep your eyes on Christ
'Cause if you know Christ and you trust Him
No matter where you sail
No matter what you set out to do
I know, I know you never will fail
Walk on the water – beside Jesus Christ
Walk on the water

Matthew 14:29
"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

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