We Didn't Start The Fire (Listen to midi)

 

    G - D - Em - C      G - D - Em - C  

 

             G                                        D

1. ('49) Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray,

               Em                                          C

            South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio.

             G                                               D

    ('50) Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television,

             Em                                       C                      - G - D - Em - C

            North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe.

              G                                 D

    ('51) Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom,

              Em                                  C

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

             G                                D

    ('52) Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new Queen,

             Em                           C

            Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye.

 

G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

          Em                                    C

it was always burning since the world's been turning.

 G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

           Em                           C

no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it.

 

             G                                       D

2. ('53) Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev,

             Em                                    C

            Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc.

              G                                   D

    ('54) Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, dacron,

             Em                             C

            Dien Bien Phu falls, "Rock Around the Clock".

              G                                   D

    ('55) Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team,

             Em                                     C

            Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland.

             G                          D

    ('56) Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev,

             Em                                                C

            Princess Grace, "Peyton Place", trouble in the Suez.

 

G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

          Em                                    C

it was always burning since the world's been turning.

 G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

           Em                           C

no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it.

 

             C                                 Am

3. ('57) Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac,

                Em                              D

            Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, "Bridge on the River Kwai".

              C                                          Am

    ('58) Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball,

              Em                                   D                                  ~ ~

            Starkweather, homicide, Children of Thalidomide.

 

              G                                     D

    ('59) Buddy Holly, "Ben Hur", space monkey, Mafia,

            Em                            C

            hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go.

            G                                 D

    ('60) U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy,

               Em                                      C

            Chubby Checker, "Psycho", Belgians in the Congo.

 

G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

          Em                                    C

it was always burning since the world's been turning.

 G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

           Em                           C

no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it.

 

              G                                       D

4. ('61) Hemingway, Eichmann, "Stranger in a Strange Land",

            Em                  C

            Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion.

              G                                D

    ('62) "Lawrence of Arabia", British Beatlemania,

            Em                                C

            Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson.

              G                                   D

    ('63) Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex,

          Em                             C

            JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say.

 

G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

          Em                                    C

it was always burning since the world's been turning.

 G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

           Em                           C

no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it.

 

                 G                                        D

('64 - '89) Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again,

              Em                                 C

            moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock.

              G                                      D

            Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline,

          Em                             C

            Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan.

                   G                                         D

            "Wheel of Fortune", Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide,

            Em                                            C

            Foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz.

              G                                           D

            Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law,

             Em                                     C

            Rock and Roller Cola Wars, I can't take it anymore.

 

 G                          D

We didn't start the fire,

          Em                                    C

it was always burning since the world's been turning.

 G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

               Em                         C

but when we are gone, will it still burn on,

       G                       D                      Em                     C

and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on.

 

G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

          Em                                    C

it was always burning since the world's been turning.

 G                           D

We didn't start the fire,

           Em                           C

no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it.   (repeat 2x and fade

 

    (Billy Joel)