WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE

FROM A TO Z

On September 27, 1989, the iconic song by Billy Joel,  We Didn’t Start the Fire hit the airwaves.  It was a history lesson set to music.  When you first heard the song, did you know or remember all the people places, things and events mentioned in the lyrics?  I sure didn’t.  Back in 1989 before the internet was something everyone had access to, my boyfriend (now husband) and I headed to the local public library and looked up all the historical references.  This month, for the A to Z Challenge, I am writing about that history.

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
Well this year’s A to Z Challenge has come to and end.  I hope you have enjoy this trip through current events of several decades.  What would your life in current events look like?  I want to thank everyone that stopped by to read my posts and especially those that left comments.  The interaction is surely what makes blogging worthwhile.  See you around the blogosphere.
For the letter Z, I have nothing, nada, zilch, ZERO.  Billy Joel did not include any person, places, things or events that begin with the letter Z, so I end this challenge with how it all began.  It began in 1989 with a song that could be a history lesson set to music.  I do not own the rights to this song but I am not gaining from sharing and feel this is for educational purposes.  If you should be prevented from viewing the video now or at anytime in the future, all you have to do is search the name of the song on Youtube and view the video.  Enjoy.

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
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 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

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, Zhou Enlai, 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
U-2, 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
But when we are gone
It will 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 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

Written by Billy Joel • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group
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12 responses

  1. Congratulations on making it through April 🙂 I have always enjoyed this song. You are right it was a musical history lesson.

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  2. Denise says:

    Congratulations on finishing the challenge. I truly enjoyed reading your posts. I had looked up the lyrics but never looked for a video so thanks for posting this.

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  3. Congrats on finishing. I enjoyed your posts. Funny thing, I recognize everything in that song. Can’t imagine what my grandkids will see in their lifetimes. Find me here. LINK

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  4. eschudel says:

    Thanks and congrats! I loved your take on the challenge 🙂

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  5. John Holton says:

    You did a great job with this theme, and this wraps it up nicely and puts a bow on it!

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  6. Birgit says:

    This was great and I will be looking at the other posts I missed because this is a great song and very intelligent

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  7. Arlee Bird says:

    You picked a great theme for this year’s A to Z. That was a lot of stuff–a lot of memories. Thanks for sharing in another Challenge.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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