Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire Lyrics

Billy Joel Storm Front cover art
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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, Krushchev
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, Chou En-Lai, "Bridge on the River Kwai"

Lebanon, Charlse de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather, 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

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
JFK, 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
Will it 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
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 That's Not Her Style
  • 2 We Didn't Start the Fire
  • 3 The Downeaster "Alexa"
  • 4 I Go to Extremes
  • 5 Shameless
  • 6 Storm Front
  • 7 Leningrad
  • 8 State of Grace
  • 9 When in Rome
  • 10 And So It Goes


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Joel
    album: Track 2 in album Storm Front
    release date: 1989-10-4
    popularity : 4995 users have visited this page.
    length: 4:51
    producer: Mick Jones and Billy Joel
    drums: Liberty DeVitto
    lead vocals: Billy Joel
    mixer: Tom Lordā€Alge
    engineer: Jay Healy
    arranger: Doug Kleeger
    background vocals: Crystal Taliefero
    guitar: Joey Hunting and David Brown
    keyboard: John Mahoney
    percussion: Sammy Merendino, Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel and Crystal Taliefero
    mastering: Ted Jensen
    synthesizer: Jeff Jacobs
    bass guitar: Schuyler Deale
    Clavinet: Billy Joel
    keyboard programming: Kevin Jones
    assistant engineer: Dana Becker, Gary Solomon, Suzanne Hollander, Tim Crish, Joe Pirerra and David Dorn
    composer: Billy Joel
    lyricist: Billy Joel
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 074644436624
    script: Latin