THE DIVERSITY OF MY THOUGHTS

We Didn’t Start The Fire

In Amazing, History, Music, World History on November 27, 2008 at 9:01 am

Historical Timeline from 1949 to 1989:


Billy Joel

William Martin Joel, famously known as Billy Joel, is an American rock musician, songwriter and singer. He released his first hit single, Piano Man, in 1973. Recording Industry Association America labels Joel as The Sixth Best-Selling Recording Artist in the United States.

One of Billy Joel’s song in STORM FRONT album, We Didn’t Start The Fire, has been considered an essential education tool in terms of history. Each word in the song represents a clickable-historical event in the world. Check out the lyric below and hover your mouse on each word to see the hidden history behind it :

We Didn’t Start The Fire

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray

South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television

North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenberg’s, 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

CHORUS

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 Peron, 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

CHORUS:

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, Synghman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy

Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

CHORUS:

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

JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say?

CHORUS:

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 shore, China’s under martial law

Rock and Roller Cola Wars, I can’t take it anymore.

CHORUS:

We didn’t start the fire,

It was always burnin’,

Since the world’s been turnin’

We didn’t start the fire,

But when we are gone

Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on…

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

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

We didn’t start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world’s been turning

We didn’t…

Check out also the two versions of “We Didn’t Start The Fire” videos, the first clip consists of footages depicting the event behind every history while the last is the official one.

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  1. Gee, I have always liked this Billy Joel’s song. A glimpse of history in a few minutes

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