Woodstock essay

"We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel

Harry Truman , Doris Day , Red China , Johnnie Ray
South Pacific , Walter Winchell , Joe DiMaggio  

Joe McCarthy , Richard Nixon , Studebaker , television
North Korea, South Korea , Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs , H-Bomb , Sugar Ray , Panmunjom
Brando , "The King and I" , and "The Catcher in the Rye"

Eisenhower , vaccine , England's got a new queen  
Marciano , Liberace , Santayana goodbye

CHORUS
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Josef Stalin , Malenkov , Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller , Campanella , Communist Bloc

Roy Cohn , Juan Peron , Toscanini , dacron
Dien Bien Phu and "Rock Around the Clock"  

Einstein , James Dean , Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett , "Peter Pan" , Elvis Presley , Disneyland

Bardot , Budapest , Alabama , Khrushchev
Princess Grace , "Peyton Place" , trouble in the Suez  

CHORUS

Little Rock , Pasternak , Mickey Mantle , Kerouac
Sputnik , Chou En-Lai , "Bridge on the River Kwai"

Lebanon , Charles de Gaulle , California baseball
Starkweather, homicide , children of thalidomide

Buddy Holly , "Ben-Hur" , space monkey , Mafia
hula hoops , Castro , Edsel is a no go

U2 , Syngman Rhee , payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker , "Psycho" , Belgians in the Congo  

CHORUS

Hemingway , Eichmann , "Stranger in a Strange Land"  
Dylan , Berlin , Bay of Pigs Invasion  

"Lawrence of Arabia" , British Beatlemania
Ole Miss , John Glenn , Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul , Malcolm X , British politician sex  
JFK , blown away, what else do I have to say

CHORUS

Birth control , Ho Chi Minh , Richard Nixon , back again
Moonshot , Woodstock , Watergate , punk rock  
Begin , Reagan , Palestine , terror on the airline
Ayatollolah's in Iran , Russians in Afghanistan

  "Wheel of Fortune" , Sally Ride , heavy metal , suicide
  Foreign debts , homeless vets , AIDS , Crack , Bernie Goetz  
Hypodermics on the shore , China's under martial law
Rock and Roller Cola Wars , I can't take it anymore

CHORUS

We didn't start the fire
But when we are gone
Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on...

A super video of the song: Billy Joel - "We Didn't Start the Fire"  

Information for this essay was found in several sources, among them the biographical account of Ann Lee written by Stephen J. Stein, edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes (general editors) and found in American National Biography Volume 13 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999) . In passing, one book which explores the larger theme of spirituality in America, Jacob Needleman's The American Soul Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders, (New York: Putnam, 2002) deserves mention. F. W. Evans original 1859 work , Shakers Compendium of the origin, History, principles, Rules and Regulations, Government, and Doctrines of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing with Biographies of Ann Lee, William Lee, Jas. Whittaker, J. Hocknell, J. meacham, and Lucy Wright was found online at http:///SHAKER-MANUSCRIPTS/Shakers-Compendium/ Much of the information found here was taken from the National Park Service's pamphlet The Shaker Historic Trail. Information on the current beliefs of the Shakers was found at their Sabbethday Lake Shaker Community website at http:// . Christian's Becksvoort's The Shaker Legacy Perspectives on an Enduring Furniture Style (Newtown, Ct: The Taunton Press, 2000) gave a good account of Shaker innovations, while the reforms of Joseph Meachum, a successor of Ann lee, were found in Julie Nicoletta's The Architecture of the Shakers (Woodstock, Vermont: Norfleet Press, 1995).

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