Friday, June 12, 2009

Flashback Friday: We Didn't Start the Fire

In my family, there is a very fine balance between unconditional love and calculated increases in musical street cred.  One of the most effective ways of ratcheting it up a few notches is learning the lyrics to incredibly fast, complicated songs.  And so, as a 12 year old, I learned the lyrics to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire.  I may have learned the lyrics, but let's make one thing clear:  I had no idea what 98% of the lyrics meant.  I'm inclined to think that my public school education failed me, because I'm still lost on about 62% of the allusions.  The song, much akin to American Pie, is still a family favorite...and really, it's the veritable precursor to white rap artists (eat your heart out, Eminem!).

Also, I think that I should be given bonus points:  We Didn't Start the Fire is a flashback in two ways--1) to my own childhood (and YOURS, too!), and 2) the whole concept of the song is flashing back.  Way to go, Lauren, way to go.

Enjoy, my 90's song minions, enjoy.

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