A Gen-X Take on “We Didn’t Start the Fire”

Editor’s note: This is my attempt to do my “own” version of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire. The following lyrics are based on events from 1972 to 2012. Please note that I am not a songwriter! But this was an interesting way to look at events from each of those years! Each line of the song (excluding the chorus) represents a year. If you want to sing my words along to Billy Joel’s version of the song, be my guest – but it may not “synch” exactly!
With all respect to Billy Joel and his song We Didn’t Start The Fire (this is intended as a loving parody and will be subject to multiple revisions)!

Gen-X Version of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (1972-2012)

Bobby Fischer, Deep Throat, Vietnam, Olympians slain…
Inflation, Secretariat, Herbie Rides Again
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Nixon’s done, Carrie published, Dolly Parton, Lucy found…
Betamax,  Franco’s dead Patty Hearst gets kidnapped…
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Jobs/Wozniak, Sly Stallone, Cod Wars, Viking lands
Elvis Dead, Star Wars, John Travolta in tight pants…
saturday-night-fever
Deer Hunter, Garfield, Dominica’s independent…
Michael Jackson, Sports Center, Idi Amin overthrown…
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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
Lennon shot, Rubik’s Cube, Mount St. Helens blows her top
Sandra Day, DeLorean Cars, Charles and Di tie the knot…
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EPCOT, Vic 20, Falkland Islands, Baby Bells
Unemployment Rises, Mario hits the scene…
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Ghostbusters, Live Aid, Tigers champs
New Coke, Gorbachev, George Michael, Titanic wreckage found…
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Top Gun, Challenger, Thundercats, Billy Joel…
Baby M, Joshua Tree, trouble in the stock exchange…

 

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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
Naked Gun, Ollie North, Bloom County, gas attack…
Batman, Tiananmen Square, Ted Bundy gets the zap…
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Mandela, Desert Storm, Reagan Says Tear Down This Wall…
Jeffrey Dahmer, Jodie Foster, Freddie Mercury is dead…
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Tom Cruise, Wayne’s World, nicotine in a patch…
Jurassic Park, Hubble’s broke, Nirvana’s Nevermind
waynesworld
OJ, Pulp Fiction, Gilooley beats up Kerrigan…
Garth Brooks, Braveheart, Oklahoma City bombing
thewolf
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
Di Divorced, MLS, Deep Blue Wins in Chess
Titanic, Heaven’s Gate, Di dies in Paris
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Google Founded, Bill impeached,
Sponge Bob, Fight Club, and Santana’s pile of Grammys…
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Bill Gates, Coldplay, Euro falls to record low
Trade Center 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
Nine Eleven, anthrax mail, No More Tim McVeigh
George W., Eminem, Carter wins the peace prize
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i Tunes, freedom fries, Columbia burns up the sky…
Dubya gets another term, Red Sox take it all..
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Brokeback, Brangelina, bird flu, pope dies…
Lettuce scare, Korean nukes, coal miners, Barry Bonds
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Shooting on the campus, No Country For Old Men

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
Blu-Ray, Dark Knight, WALL-E, Slumdog
Barack Obama, Jackson’s dead, Somali pirates, Jersey shore…
jokerherewego
Japan Tsunami, Winehouse dead, two more U.K. royals wed…. 
Avengers hits the big screen, cinema shooting Whitney dies…
School shootings, made-up 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

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