Billy Joel -
We Didn't Start the Fire
1989
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'49 Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China,
Johnny Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe
DiMaggio.

'50 Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon,
Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn
Monroe

'51 Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray,
Panmunjom
Brando, The King and I and The
Catcher In The Rye.

'52 Einsenhower, 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.

'53 Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and
Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist
Bloc.

'54 Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini,
Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around
The Clock.

'55 Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got
a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis
Presley, Disneyland.

'56 Bardot, Budapest, Alabama,
Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place,
Trouble in the Suez.

**Chorus**

'57 Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey
Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The
River Kwai.

'58 Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle,
California baseball
Starkweather, Homicide, Children of
Thalidomide.

'59 Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space
Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a
no-go.

'60 U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and
Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians
in the Congo.

**chorus**

'61 Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger In A
Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs Invasion.

'62 Lawerence Of Arabia, British
Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats
Patterson.

'63 Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British
Politician Sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I
have to say.

**chorus**

'64 - '89
Birth Control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard
Nixon back again
Moonshot, Wookstock, 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 shore, 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 on us
We didn't start the fire
But when we are gone
Will it still burn on, and on, and on,
and on...