We Didn't Start the Fire

Billy Joel

credits


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Billy Joel
album: Track 2 in album Storm Front
release date: 1989-10-4
popularity : 841 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: Billy Joel, Crystal Taliefero, Sammy Merendino and Liberty DeVitto
mastering: Ted Jensen
synthesizer: Jeff Jacobs
bass guitar: Schuyler Deale
clavinet: Billy Joel
keyboard programming: Kevin Jones
assistant engineer: Tim Crish, Dana Becker, Gary Solomon, Suzanne Hollander, 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

Cover Art

Billy Joel Storm Front cover art

Lyrics

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Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray

North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom

Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
We didn't start the fire
Since the world's been turning
No we didn't light it

Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron

Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev

It was always burning
We didn't start the fire
But we tried to fight it
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac

Starkweather, homicide, children of thalidomide
Buddy Holly, "Ben Hur", space monkey, Mafia

Chubby Checker, "Psycho", Belgians in the Congo
We didn't start the fire
Since the world's been turning
No we didn't light it

Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
"Lawrence of Arabia", British Beatlemania

JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say
We didn't start the fire
Since the world's been turning
No we didn't light it

Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
"Wheel of Fortune", Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law

It was always burning
We didn't start the fire
Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on
We didn't start the fire
Since the world's been turning
No we didn't light it

It was always burning
We didn't start the fire
But we tried to fight it

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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