1. When I was a Junior in High School, we got a jukebox for our cafeteria I have no idea where it came from; one day it was just there. All the songs on it were older, and I didn't know most of them. I think my most of my classmates were in the same boat... I remember that every day, someone would play (what I remember to be) the most famous song it had: Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire. Occasionally, it would get played multiple times; I remember once someone got really mad because THAT SONG IS ON AGAIN!?
2. Since I mostly heard that song in a noisy cafeteria, I only knew the chorus.
We didn't start the fire.
It was always burning,
since the world's been turning.
And when I was in college, I decided that I should learn all the words to it. It became a pointless goal of my sophomore year.
And. I spent a bunch of time (that would maybe have been better spent studying) learning all the words.
At one point in my life, I could have sung the whole thing for you.
3. When I think of We Didn't Start the Fire, now I always think of the Office.
RYAN STARTED THE FIRE!!!!!!!
4. You would think that this is my favorite song, but it is not.
5. Before I drove back to VA from NY yesterday, I added some music to my player. And it had been well over a year since I'd heard this song, and decided I should put it on there. I listened to it 3 times yesterday, and found that I only remembered 85% of the lyrics. Which is still a lot. But.
Part of me wants to relearn the ones I have forgotten. But, I just can't imagine devoting any more time to this song.
6. I wish there were catchy songs to learn Bible verses. Because, frankly, knowing We Didn't Start the Fire isn't a great skill. But Bible verses would be a good use of memorization.
7. The End.