“We Didn’t Start The Fire” released by Billy Joel

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray

South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

 

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television

North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

 

Rosenbergs, H Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom

Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye

 

Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new queen

Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

 

We didn’t start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world’s been turning

We didn’t start the fire

No we didn’t light it

But we tried to fight it

 

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev

Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist bloc

 

Roy Cohn, Juan Perón, Toscanini, Dacron

Dien Bien Phu falls, Rock Around the Clock

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team

Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

 

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev

Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

 

We didn’t start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world’s been turning

We didn’t start the fire

No we didn’t light it

But we tried to fight it

 

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac

Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai

 

Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball

Starkweather, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide

Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia

Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

 

U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy

Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

 

We didn’t start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world’s been turning

We didn’t start the fire

No we didn’t light it

But we tried to fight it

 

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land

Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

 

Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania

Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

 

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex

J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

 

We didn’t start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world’s been turning

We didn’t start the fire

No we didn’t light it

But we tried to fight it

 

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again

Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline

Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide

Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz

Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial law

Rock-and-roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

 

We didn’t start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world’s been turning

We didn’t start the fire

No we didn’t light it

But we tried to fight it

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One response to ““We Didn’t Start The Fire” released by Billy Joel

  1. Billy Joel released this song in 1989 and the lyrics cover people and events during the forty years of his life from his birth in 1949.
    Wikipedia provides commentary on each reference in the lyrics.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Didn%27t_Start_the_Fire

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