Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Latte, home

Another note about Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, which I briefly mentioned yesterday:
Not only does it rhyme, but it's chronological too. What a feat. Have a look at this site (>11 million hits! do this many people like this song? Wow!) and watch the bottom left corner. It displays the year. Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell and Joe DiMaggio: 1949. The next four bars are 1950. Amazing. It goes on at approximately four bars per year until "Richard Nixon back again" where it speeds up, and before you know it there's Russians in Afghanistan. More fascinating stats are available on Wikipedia, such as which nine people mentioned in the song are still alive today, which two people are mentioned twice in the song, and which US presidents are not mentioned.
Billy Joel. Respect.

1 comment:

  1. A student of mine once said that I should base the entire History Curriculum on it. One lesson per event and/or person mentioned.