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Lyrics by: Billy Joel
# Debut Chart
1 Oct '89 Hot 100
5 Oct '89 Adult Contemp
6 Oct '89 Mainstream Rock

Lyrics

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 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


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[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 Joseph Stalin, Malenkov Nasser and Prokofiev Rockefeller, Campanella Communist bloc Roy Cohn, Juan Peron Toscanini, Dancron 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 [repeat 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 [repeat CHORUS] Hemingway, Eichman 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 [repeat 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 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 go on and on And on and on and on... [repeat CHORUS 3x to fade]

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