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Billy Joel – We Didn't Start The Fire lyrics

[Verse 1]
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray,
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe Dimaggio

[Verse 2]
Joe Mccarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

[Verse 3]
Rosenberg, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye,

[Verse 4]
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


[Verse 5]
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiov,
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

[Verse 6]
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron,
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock

[Verse 7]
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team,
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

[Verse 8]
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

[Verse 9]
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac,
Sputnik, Zhou Enlai, Bridge On The River Kwai

[Verse 10]
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball,
Starkweather Homicide, Children of Thalidomide

[Verse 11]
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia,
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

[Verse 12]
U2, Syngman 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

[Verse 13]
Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land,
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

[Verse 14]
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatle mania,
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

[Verse 15]
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex,
J. F. K. 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

[Verse 16]
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again,
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock

[Verse 17]
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline,
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

[Verse 18]
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide,
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, aids, Crack, Bernie Goetz

[Verse 19]
Hypodermics on the shores, 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 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...

[Outro]
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...



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    "it was always burning since the worlds been turning". Joel means that throughout time, there have always been problems in the world. Ever since the beginning of time. "no, we didn't light it but we tried to fight it" joel means that even though the fire's always been there, we have been making it worse. We've been trying to fight it though. And right our wrongs. And joel is listing the events in his lifetime that were good and bad that somehow effected the fire in the world.
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