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WRITING: Exercise: "We Didn't Start the Fire" - Updated


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20 May 2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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Last edited by Oroborus21, 20 May 2010
So i would be surprised if you've never heard Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the
Fire" which is both erudite and catchy as hell. Well, I've always wanted to update it or
thought it should be updated and I thought this would be a good exercise for club members
to help come up with updated lyrics which would carry it through the missing decades to
present.

The song begins at 1949 and ends at the start of the 90s, naming various notables and
events in world history. Just in case you don't know it or want to remember how it goes
here is its YouTube:



These are the current Lyrics:

’49 harry truman, doris day, red china, johnnie ray South pacific, walter winchell, joe
dimaggio
’50 joe mccarthy, richard nixon, studebaker, televisionNorth korea, south korea, marilyn
monroe
’51 rosenbergs, h-bomb, sugar ray, panmunjomBrando, the king and I and the catcher in
the rye
’52 eisenhower, vaccine, england’s got a new queenMarciano, 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
No we didn’t light it 
But we tried to fight it

’53 joseph stalin, malenkov, nasser and prokofievRockefeller, campanella, communist
bloc
’54 roy cohn, juan peron, toscanini, dacron Dien bien phu falls, rock around the clock
’55 einstein, james dean, brooklyn’s got a winning teamDavy crockett, peter pan, elvis
presley, disneyland
’56 bardot, budapest, alabama, krushchevPrincess grace, peyton place, trouble in the
suezChorus
’57 little rock, pasternak, mickey mantle, kerouacSputnik, chou en-lai, bridge on the
river kwai
’58 lebanon, charles de gaulle, california baseball Starkweather, homicide, children of
thalidomide
’59 buddy holly, ben hur, space monkey, mafiaHula hoops, castro, edsel is a no-go
’60 u-2, syngman rhee, payola and kennedyChubby checker, psycho, belgians in the congo

Chorus

’61 hemingway, eichmann, stranger in a strange landDylan, berlin, bay of pigs invasion
’62 lawrence of arabia, british beatlemaniaOle miss, john glenn, liston beats patterson
’63 pope paul, malcolm x, british politician sexJfk, blown away, what else do I have to
say

Chorus

’64 - ’89 birth control, ho chi minh, richard nixon back again Moonshot, woodstock,
watergate, punk rockBegin, reagan, palestine, terror on the airlineAyatollah’s in iran,
russians in afghanistanWheel of fortune, sally ride, heavy metal, suicide Foreign debts,
homeless vets, aids, crack, bernie goetz Hypodermics on the shores, china’s under
martial lawRock and roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

Chorus We didn’t start the fireBut when we are gone Will it still burn on, and on, and
on, and on...

..........

Now by way of an exercise help me figure out some potential lyrics/verses to cover the 90s
and 2000s. Just to name some potential subjects there are: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bill
Gates, Y2K, 9-11, Osama Bin Laden, Barack Obama, the Internet, World Wide Web, Pokemon,
Ipod, YouTube, Google, Facebook, MySpace, Twilight, David Koresh, Tsunami, 3-D again, Dr.
Who, Katrina, etc. (particularly what has happened in your country or of global
significance for good or bad) 

If you can think of some things we could consider using then post them. If you can think
of some potential lyrics or verses (that would be sung in the same way - just continuing
the melody of the original song) then post them. For example:

"J.K. Rowling takes her pen, brings the world some magic again"

sound fun?

give it a try.

20 May 2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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It's blocked over in 'lil old England...

20 May 2010, 09:02 PM   #3
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wait what is blocked? the youtube video?

21 May 2010, 12:54 AM   #4
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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


91-95'-Madonna, hair scrunches, spicegirls, eating right, batman returns, alternative
(music//), Nintendo 64!

96'-00'- Mariah Carey, Diana Princess killed by that one car, Microsoft did it agian,
google helps the world!

01'-05'-  3-D is popular, Apple runs, United states economy starts to erupt, mobile phones
take the world, don't touch my Charizard.(pokemon card). 

02'-10'- Youtube, Facebook, Myspace, Suicide on the internet, Webcams, Twilight,
Greensburg tornado, Now the world continues on!

We didn’t start the fireBut when we are gone Will it still burn on, and on, and
on, and on...

(: Lmfao I fail!

21 May 2010, 01:44 AM   #5
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Posts: 212
lol yeah i mean its supposed to flow lol...but theres some ideas there yes

21 May 2010, 01:49 AM   #6
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Posts: 1


I am not a song writer(:

If I spent time on it I would've been able to do it

But it only took me like 5 minutes

And I would've added more 

:D <3.

29 May 2010, 06:28 PM    #7
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lol  its definatley harder then it looks..
I  would try it but i promised myself i would stop embarrassing myself infront of
strangers..   

FAIL.



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