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Sunday, November 17, 2019

November Novelties - 2019 - Song Lyric Sunday - We Didn't Start The Fire

Another Sunday already.  The prompts for today from Jim are Did/Didn't/Do/Don't/Does/Doesn't.  Lots of ways to go with this but I'm gonna use Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire."

We were able to see Billy Joel twice, the first time he was alone but the second time was with Elton John when they did their Face to Face tour.  Both times were great and he did this song. 

Found this interesting video using actual historical footage for the 100 events Billy Joel mentions in the song.  

Songwriters: Billy Joel
We Didn’t Start the Fire lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Wonder if PG&E ever thought about using this song in one of their ad campaigns - LOL.  

Hope you all have a great Sunday!  


  1. Hi, Janet!

    As a former producer and film and video editor, I appreciated the work that went into that custom video for "We Didn't Start The Fire." Those rapid-fire glimpses of the past triggered many memories of my earlier years. For example, I was working in TV news the night John Lennon was assassinated and was the first among my colleagues to see the terrible bulletin crossing the wires and get the story on the air. Our family was the first in our neighborhood to get a color TV set. I went to see a Liberace concert in 1983. He appeared at Hershey Park. My big brother ran out and bought the "Rock Around the Clock" 45 within days of its release and he and I played it frequently in our downstairs game room. I regularly watched Mary Martin on TV in the title role of Peter Pan. I went to see Ben-Hur in the theater and owned a Hula Hoop. I vividly recall the hopeful years of Camelot, the horror of assassination day and the gloom that settled upon the country in its wake. I watched the lunar landing and moon walk and remember the excitement generated by Woodstock and later by the rock & roller cola wars.

    That Billy Joel song seems inspired by the 1974 novelty hit "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" by Joey Levine and the pseudo band Reunion.

    You have been to more live concerts than anybody I know, Janet. How lucky you were to see Elton John and Billy Joel on the same bill!

    Have a super week, dear friend Janet!

  2. The Mary Martin version of Peter Pan has to be my favorite and I remember watching it on TV every year too. I never could get the hang of a Hula Hoop. My older sister had her wedding date on November 24, 1963 and I remember (I was 8) that even though it was a happy occasion, people were still sad. I think our live shows now number over 100 but we may have to slow down a bit next year. The money thing, you know? You have had some exciting happenings too. I can't imagine seeing that bulletin about John Lennon coming through and having to share that news. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me, Shady. I really appreciate it.


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