Billy Joel - We Didnt Start The Fire Guitar Chords

Billy Joel

album rock, classic rock, folk rock, mellow gold

Song versions: 1 2
Chords: G, D, Em, C, Bm, Am
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                    BILLY JOEL - We Didn't Start the Fire
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Tabbed by: Stefan
Email: stehphyn@yahoo.com

Tuning: Standard (EADGBe)


Piano intro riff:
e|----------------7-----------------7---------------7------|
B|-----------8-10-------------8-10----10--8---8-10----10-8-|  
G|-7--7-7-9-----------------9---------------9--------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|


[Verse]
G                        D
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
Em                              C
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
G                            D
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
Em                        C
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe


[Piano Intro Riff ] G D Em C


G                   D
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Em                        C
Brando, "The King and I", and "The Catcher in the Rye"
G                    D
Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new queen
Em                  C
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye



[Chorus]
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
       Em
It was always burning
          C
Since the world's been turning
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
      Bm
No we didn't light it
       C
But we tried to fight it

 

[Verse]
G                       D
Josef Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Em                       C
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
G                     D
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Em                   C
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
G                     D
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Em                        C
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
G                 D
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Em                            C
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez



[Chorus]
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
       Em
It was always burning
          C
Since the world's been turning
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
      Bm
No we didn't light it
       Am
But we tried to fight it



[Bridge]
C                       Am
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Em                   D
Sputnik, Zhou Enlai, Bridge On The River Kwai
C                           Am
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball,
Em                     D
Starkweather homicide, Children of Thalidomide


Little guitar riff after bridge:
e|-12-----10-----8---------12-----10-----8---------|
B|----13-----12----10---------13-----12----10------|  
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|


[Verse]
G                     D
Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Em                  C
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
G                 D
U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Em                      C
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo



[Chorus]
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
       Em
It was always burning
          C
Since the world's been turning
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
      Bm
No we didn't light it
       C
But we tried to fight it



[Verse]
G                    D
Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land,
Em             C
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
G                   D
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Em                    C
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
G                     D
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex
Em                 C
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say



[Chorus]
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
       Em
It was always burning
          C
Since the world's been turning
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
      Bm
No we didn't light it
       C
But we tried to fight it



[Verse]
G                           D
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



[Chorus]
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
       Em
It was always burning
          C
Since the world's been turning
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
      Bm
No we didn't light it
       C
But we tried to fight it
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
       Em
It was always burning
          C
Since the world's been turning
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
      Bm
No we didn't light it
       C
But we tried to fight it
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
       Em
It was always burning
          C
Since the world's been turning
G                  D
We didn't start the fire
      Bm
No we didn't light it
       C
But we tried to fight it

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