November 29, 2002
We didn't start the fire      Email this entry 

Just found this excellent flash animation of Billy Joel's song "We didn't start the fire":

Basically as Billy Joel sings, pictures of the items mentioned in the song are displayed. I also found someone that linked to Internet sites that discuss/explain the items. This thing rocks!

See below for this cool animation (3.7Mb, takes a few moments to download).




Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire
1949Harry Truman, DorisDay, Red China, JohnnieRay
South Pacific, WalterWinchell, Joe Dimaggio,
1950Joe McCarthy, RichardNixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, SouthKorea,Marilyn Monroe
1951Rosenbergs, H-Bomb,SugarRay, Panmunjom
Brando, TheKing and I and The Catcher in the Rye
1952Eisenhower, Vaccine,England'sgot a new Queen
Marciano, Liberace,Santayanagood-bye
 CHORUS
We didn't start the fire 
It was always burning, 
Since the world's been turning. 
We didn't start the fire 
Well we didn't light it, 
But we tried to fight it.
1953Joseph Stalin, Malenkov,Nasserand Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella,Communistbloc,
1954Roy Cohn, JuanPeron, Tosconini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, RockAround the Clock
1955Einstein, JamesDean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, PeterPan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland,
1956Bardot, Budapest,Alabama,Khrushchev
Princess Grace, PeytonPlace, Trouble in the Suez.
 CHORUS
We didn't start the fire 
It was always burning, 
Since the world's been turning. 
We didn't start the fire 
Well we didn't light it, 
But we tried to fight it.
1957Little Rock, Pasternak,MickeyMantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, ChouEn-Lai, Bridge on the River Kwai
1958Lebanon, Charlesde Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather homicide, Childrenof Thalidomide
1959Buddy Holly, BenHur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro,Edselis a no go,
1960U-2, SyngmanRhee, Payola, and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho,Belgiansin the Congo.
 CHORUS
We didn't start the fire 
It was always burning, 
Since the world's been turning. 
We didn't start the fire 
Well we didn't light it, 
But we tried to fight it.
1961Hemingway, Eichmann,Strangerin a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin,Bayof Pigs Invasion
1962Lawrence of Arabia, BritishBeatlemania
Ole Miss, JohnGlenn, Liston beats Patterson
1963Pope Paul, MalcolmX, British politician sex
JFK blown away, What else do I haveto say? 
 CHORUS
We didn't start the fire 
It was always burning, 
Since the world's been turning. 
We didn't start the fire 
Well we didn't light it, 
But we tried to fight it.
1964
to
1989
Birth control, HoChi-Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock,Watergate,PunkRock
Begin, Reagan,Palestine,Terroron the airlines
Ayatollahs in Iran, Russiansin Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune, SallyRide, Heavy metal, Suicide
Foreign debts, HomelessVets, AIDS, Crack,BernieGoetz
Hypodermics on the shore, China'sUnder Martial Law
Rock and Roller Cola Wars, I can'ttake it any more! 
 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 
It will still burn on and on and on and on..... 
CHORUS

Found the animation on http://www.its.caltech.edu/~yel/Fire.html and the page with the links on http://www.wuerzburg.de/gym-fkg/schule/fachber/englisch/joel/songtext.html

Posted by lbastard on November 29, 2002   Email this entry 

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