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Lyrics for We Didnít Start The Fire
By Billy Joel

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~~Author's note: this has errors. If anybody can correct it, please do so.~~


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 raid, Pad-moom-jon,
Brandoke, "The King and I" and "The Catcher in the Rye."
Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new Queen,
Marshiano, Liberachi, satire on a dirt bike!

[*CHORUS]
We didn't start the fire,
it was always burnin' since the world's been turnin'.
We didn't start the fire,
though we didn't light it, but we're trying to fight it.

Joseph Stalin, Allen Kahl, NASA and fricaffia,
Rockefeller, Kappinella, Communist Block.
Roy Cone, no parole, Tuskaninny, dakron,
Denden, foofalls, "Rock Around the Clock."
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team,
"Davy Crockett," "Peter Pan," Elvis Presley, Disneyland.
Farco, Budapest, Alabama, Kruschiev,
Princess Grace, Blakely Race, trouble in the Suez!

*

Little Rock, Pastinak, Mickey Mantle, Carrowaks,
Sputnik, Chonide, "Bridge on the River Kwai."
Lebanon, Charleston gone, California baseball,
Stockweather homicide, children of thalidimide!
Buddy Holly, "Ben Hur," space monkey, mafia,
hula-hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go.
Dootoos, Cimmon Ring, Payoler and Kennedy,
"Chuckie," "Psycho," Belgians in the Congo!

*

Hemingway, Ikeman, "Stranger in a Strange Land,"
Daolin, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion.
"Lawrence of Arabia," British-fuel mania,
Old miss, John Glenn, Diston beats Patterson!
Pope Paul, "Malcom X," greatest politician sex,
JFK blown away, what else do I have to say?!

*

Birth control, Ho-chih-minh, Richard Nixon back again,
moon shot, Woodstock, Watergate, Punk rock.
Bacon, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline,
Ayatolla, Zineran, Russians in Afghanistan!
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy-metal, suicide,
foreign jets, homeless pets, AIDs, crack, burning-gets.
hypodermics on the shore, China's under martial law,
Rock-and-roll and color wars; I can't take it any more!

We didn't start the fire,
it was always burnin' since the world's been turnin'.
We didn't start the fire,
but we know the wrong, and it still goes on and on and on and on...

We didn't start the fire!
(it was always burnin' since the world's been turnin')
We didn't start the fire!
(though we didn't light it, but we're trying to fight it)
[repeat 3x, fading to silence]
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