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My oldest daughter brought home the lyrics to this song last night for her history homework. The first thing I thought was: Crap I’m getting old! This song came out the year I graduated High School in 1989! Then I started thinking what a great homework assignment she got. She has to take each event from the song and give a brief description of it and make a chronological graph for it. She has a week to finish it.

We Didn’t Start The Fire
Billy Joel
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
CHORUS
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
Though we did ignite it
But we tried to fight it
Josef 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
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball,
Starkwether, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo
Chorus
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
Chorus
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
Chorus 3 Times
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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3 Comments

  1. I just love this song. It makes me feel really old too. I remember when I knew all the words to this song by heart! It’s a really neat homework project. Imaginative teacher.

    I like Billy Joel period and I have always liked this song. Yes she does have a good teacher.

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  2. kaylee2

     /  October 16, 2008

    I love that song 🙂

    Glad you like it!

    Reply
  3. Great song, great assignment. Hmmm, I graduated in ’87, so I guess that would make you younger than me, LOL!

    Well let’s see you could be super smart and got to graduate early! 🙂
    I am 37 and very slowly making my way up the Hill of Life!

    Reply

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