Monday, February 16, 2009

இ BILLY JOEL, Piano Man|We Didn't Start The Fire

Billy Joel born Liam Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949 in the Bronx and raised in Hicksville, New York) is an American rock musician, singer-songwriter, and classical composer. He released his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973. According to the RIAA, Billy Joel is the sixth best-selling recording artist in the United States. Joel had Top 10 hits in the '70s, '80s, and '90s and has 33 Top 40 hits in the United States overall. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner, a 23-time Grammy nominee and has sold in excess of 150 million albums worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (Class of 1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (Class of 2006).

The song "We Didn't Start The Fire," the first single from the album Storm Front, was released in September 1989. The song became Joel's third and most recent US Number 1 hit, spending two weeks at the top; it was also Billboard's next-to-last Number 1 single of 1980s. Storm Front was released in October, and it eventually became Joel's first Number 1 album since Glass Houses, 9 years earlier.[wikipedia]

What a spectacular video and lyrics, thanks to 'crlax22' for his effort to put up the video and pictures to blend so well with the music which reflects on the biggest world events, from 1949-1989. From Harry Truman to Rock And Rolla Cola Wars, the world has seen so much in these 40 years and I absolutely salute Billy for singing this song as it would be a big task to remember this kind of unusual lyrics.

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray,
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio.
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe.
Rosenbergs, H-Bombs, 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.

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

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev,
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc,
Roy Cohm, Oberon, Toscanini, Dacron,
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock around the Clock.
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team,
Davey Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disney Land.
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev,
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, trouble in the Suez.
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Karovak,
Sputnik, Chow En-Lai, Bridge on the River Kwai,
Lebanon, Charles De Gaulle, California Baseball,
Starkweather, Homicide, Children of thalidomide,
Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space monkey, Mafia,
Hula-Hoops, Castro, Edsel's a no go.
U2, Sigmund Rhee, Payola and Kennedy,
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo,
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 politicians sex,
JFK blown away, what else do I have to say.
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again,
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, Punk Rock,
Begin Reagan, Palestine, terror on the air-line,
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan,
Wheel of fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy metal, suicide,
Foreign debts, homeless kids, AIDS, crack, Bernie Getz,
Hypodermics on the shore, China's under martial law,
Rock and Rolla 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
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it


peteformation said...

Billy Joel is one of my faocurite singer. I have read his life story, how he struggled to reach the top. Very inspiring.

CheaHS@n said...

Pete, Oh really must grab some of those stuff and get motivated. TQ bro