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Song Parodies -> "I Didn't Start the Fire"

Original Song Title:

"We Didn't Start the Fire"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"I Didn't Start the Fire"

Parody Written by:


The Lyrics

Commemorating the historical events of the first 21 years of my life.
'84 Ronald Reagan, Band-Aid, Sikh troops, Baby Fae,
South Africa, Walter Mondale, Sandinista

'85 Gorbachev, MTV, Bernard Goetz, HIV,
Airline Terror, Soccer Riots, foreclosing farms

'86 Challenger, Haiti, Chernobyl, Khadafy,
Halley's Comet, Rhenquist, Aquino, Iceland

'87 Andy Warhol, frigate, Wall Street has a bad day,
Ollie North, Iran-Contra, Lieberace goodbye

I didn't start the fire
But the world is dire
And the flames climb higher
I didn't start the fire
No, they tried to blame us
"Cause the blaze will flame us

'88 Perestroika, crack cocaine, Mike Dukakis, stealth plane,
Rain Man, Mike Tyson, Pan-Am 103

'89 Hirohito, Rushdie, George Bush, Exxon Valdez,
Berlin Wall falls, Germany is free

'90 Noriega, Cold War, Greg Lemond wins the Tour,
Kuwait, Hubble Scope, Free Poland, El Salvador

'91 Boris Yeltsin, Bosnia, Desert Storm, Arabia,
C.I.S., Budapest, no more U.S.S.R.


'92 Ross Perot, Serbia, Carl Lewis, Somalia,
Clinton, Rodney King, Abortion, John Gotti

'93 Arthur Ashe, Waco, Yitzak Rabin, PLO,
Twin Towers, Midwest flood, Germany has tainted blood

'94 Richard Nixon, OJ, Whitewater, IRA,
Rwanda, Mandela, refugees from Cuba

'95 Kobe Earthquake, Gingrich, Million Man March,
Royal Divorce, trade ban, Terror in the Heartland


'96 Bob Dole, TWA, cloned sheep, quilt for AIDS,
Chechnya, Braveheart, tension in the Persian Gulf

'97 Heaven's Gate, land mines, Titanic, Princess Di,
Teresa, Zaire, British nanny affair

'98 Home Runs, Gene Autry, Monica Lewinsky,
Embassies blown away, what else do I have to say?


'99-'05 Columbine, JFK, Al Gore & Y2K,
hanging chad, Florida, George W., market's bad,
Napster, stem cells, Concorde, 9-11 terror,
DC Snipers, Bin Laden, U.S. troops, Afghanistan,

DVDs, MP3s, gangster rap, obesity,
war protests, fighter jets, SARS, FEMA, nation's debt,
New Pope, Hurricanes, Tsunami, Lack of Aid, Reality TV Wars, I've had enough now, no more
I didn't start the fire
But the world is dire
And the flames climb higher
I didn't start the fire
And when I am gone
It burns on and on and on

(repeat chorus till fade)

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Pacing: 2.8
How Funny: 2.2
Overall Rating: 2.7

Total Votes: 6

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Ed - November 28, 2005 - Report this comment
THAT was supposed to be FUNNY??
Michael Pacholek - November 28, 2005 - Report this comment
Nice try. I tried it myself, rhyming "Exorcist" with "Enemies List." That was good. "Broad Street Bullies, Evel K, Tricky Dick flies away" wasn't. "Jimmy Carter, Star Wars flies, punk and disco, Elvis dies" was okay. "Olympic hockey, Polish solidarity" was awful. "John Lennon blown away" was obvious. "Carl Lewis, New Coke, Reagan's Russian bombing joke" bombed. I was proud of "Clinton plays the saxophone, bigots in the Astrodome." I guess the moral of the story is, if you're not as talented as Billy Joel, you ain't gonna set anything on fire.
Agrimorfee - November 29, 2005 - Report this comment
It takes more than just filling in the blanks to write a parody, no matter if you were being sincere with the historical list in the verses.
D J Hilton - December 10, 2005 - Report this comment
This is not exactly an easy record to parody, so on the face of it, this is quite an interesting effort. It made me laugh
his_grl - December 16, 2005 - Report this comment
I thought this wsa quite the effort. A hard song to parody, and it did manage laughs out of me.

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