"We Didn't Start the Fire" Expanded Lyrics

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When Billy Joel plays the BB&T Center on January 7 and 11, odds are pretty good according to his recent set lists that his first encore will start with "We Didn't Start the Fire."

The 1989 novelty song that will not get out of your head, as it lists historical names, places, and events in chronological order from the time Billy Joel was born in 1949 until the song was recorded in early 1989. But 25 years have now passed that aren't represented in the song. So we thought we'd help the Piano Man out with new verses that represent the last quarter century. You might as well sing along, since the melody will force you to anyway.

George Bush, Noriega, Batman, Genesis by Sega
MC Hammer, Kuwait, Long Dong Silver Hi Ho
Wayne's World, Right Said Fred, Cross Colours, Gennifer Flowers giving head
Hurricane Andrew, Somalia, Joey Buttafuoco

Tonya Harding, Kurt Cobain, Forrest Gump, "Insane in the Membrane"
Newt Gingrich, Pulp Fiction, OJ got away
Chupacabra, AOL, Bob Dole, "Macarena" goes to hell
Beanie Babies, Spice Girls, Jon Benet Ramsey

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

Seinfeld, Monica Lewinsky, Backstreet Boys, Elian set free
Y2K, hipster chic, Cheney's first name is Dick
Ralph Nader, "Who Let the Dogs Out," Florida recount
Anthrax letters, 9/11, world's gone sick

Sopranos, Al Queda, Bin Laden playa hater
Lord of the Rings, Napster, Afghanistan
Condaleezza, Kobe/Shaq, Bush lies about Iraq
Napoleon Dynamite, John Kerry, and Lindsay Lohan

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

TomKat, Kanye West, New Orleans gets wet
MySpace, Prius, President Barack Obama
iPhones, housing bubble, bank bailout, Kardashian trouble
Sarah Palin, global warming, GMOs, Octomama

Guantamano, Arab Spring, Paul Ryan, LeBron wins a ring
Obamacare, Killer Drones, Lady Gaga, Game of Thrones
Fukushima, Hunger Games, books of binders women names
Selfies, twerking, Jersey Shore, 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
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Billy Joel with Tom Odell. 8 p.m. on January 7 and 11 at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $39.50 to $119.50 plus fees. Call 954-835-7000, or visit thebbtcenter.com.

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