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05 June 2008

I Can Hear Music, Sweet Sweet Music

In my head.



But somewhere between the brain and the mouth it bails.



The short term memory is getting worse. I read in a fibro article this weekend that people with fibro lose their gray and white matter 3 times as fast as those growing old and senile.



I'm not going down without a fight!



I had never heard We Didn't Start the Fire until recently. Catchy tune and when I realized it was about historical events, I thought, "I hate history(sorry Michael) but I love music so if I learn the lyrics to this song, then I can exercise the memory, learn history and enjoy it via the world of music!"



So my goal is September 1 to be able to sing all the lyrics from memory AND know the story behind each historical event.



And yes, thank you, I am crazy for the ones in the back of the room who just asked that question.



The challenge is on.



And in order not to make this post read like an encyclopedia, I will post the historical factors of this song tomorrow...actually, someone has already compiled it for me on Google...you don't think I'm gonna blow away the ENTIRE summer, do you? :-)



And if you are among the 1(that would be me) who didn't know about this song, it's on my new playlist that I just added for the summer months. I've got to get through the heat and horror of humidity that the summer promises somehow and music soothes the savage and hot Ness...



Let the games begin!



And no, we aren't taking bets on whether I can do it or not(at least publically...LOL)







We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel



Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray

South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio



Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television

North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe



Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom

Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"



Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queen

Marciano, 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

Though we did ignite it

But we tried to fight it



Josef Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev

Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc



Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron

Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock



Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team

Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland



Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev

Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez



We didn't start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world's been turning

We didn't start the fire

Though we did ignite it

But we tried to fight it



Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac

Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai



Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball,

Starkwether, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide



Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia

Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go



U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy

Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo



We didn't start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world's been turning

We didn't start the fire

Though we did ignite it

But we tried to fight it



Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land,

Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion



Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania

Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson



Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex

J.F.K. 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

Though we did ignite it

But we tried to fight it



Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again

Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock



Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline

Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan



Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide

Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz



Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law

Rock and Roller cola 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

It will still burn on, and on, and on, and on...



We didn't start the fire

It was always burningSince the world's been turning

We didn't start the fire

Though we did ignite 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

Though we did ignite

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...

6 comments:

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

What do I win? I already know ALL THE WORDS to this song!

Hallie :)

katie said...

You go, girl!! :)

and i loved your wordful wednesday post below. good good stuff there, my sweet Ness.

You have a great day!

jojo said...

I love how I can come here and find something so interesting and/or inspirational. I look forward to reading more!

I saw Billy Joel sing this in concert and it was amazing.

j

kimmy said...

I absolutely love the song "We Didn't Start the Fire." I know all the words too and I sing it really loud when I hear it on the radio!

Huge Billy Joel fan...saw him in concert too!

Debra W said...

Hi Ness,

I have no doubt that you will keep that fire burning, my dear! You are quite a firecracker and I KNOW that you will never go down without a fight. You have a fantastic spirit.

Hugs and love,
Deb

Steph said...

Ness,

I never did hear that song before I listened to it on you blog. Glad you are enjoying the music on my blog. They are so of my all time favorite songs. The tale of Murphy's Law has been completed.

Steph