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We Didn't Start the Fire is a song by Billy Joel that lists major events in his lifetime, from 1949 to 1989, when the song was written. The chorus does not contain any events and has been omitted.

Relevant Lyrics[edit]

(1949)
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

(1950)
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

(1951)
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King and I, and The Catcher in the Rye

(1952)
Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

CHORUS

(1953)
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist bloc

(1954)
Roy Cohn, Juan Perón, Toscanini, dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, Rock Around the Clock

(1955)
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

(1956)
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, trouble in the Suez

CHORUS

(1957)
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-lai, Bridge on the River Kwai

(1958)
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather homicide, children of thalidomide

(1959)
Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, space monkey, Mafia
hula hoop, Castro, Edsel is a no go

(1960)
U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

CHORUS

(1961)
Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs Invasion

(1962)
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

(1963)
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex
JFK blown away, what else do I have to say?

CHORUS


(1964-1989)
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline
Ayatollahs 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