The 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, the rapid-fire Billy Joel standard which lists 119 historical events and people in one 4-and-a-half-minute track has been given a COVID-19 upgrade.

Fans shared their suggestions on Twitter after The Simpsons contributing writer Matt Warburton tweeted, “Today was like if ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ was a day.”

Responses included:

“Schools close, Tom Hanks, trouble in the big banks / No vaccine, quarantine, no more toilet paper seen / Travel ban, Weinstein, panic COVID-19, NBA, gone away, what else do I have to say?”

“Lotsa snot, crashing stock, Tom Hanks,ships can’t dock /Trump says we’ll all be fine,face masks on the airlines/ No panic in Iran, Safer in Afghanistan.”


“Handsfree elbow greetings/ Bedroom Skype meetings/ EU travel ban/ US strikes against Iran/ Dow Jones in the crapper/ No more TP; use a wrapper/ Faith healer TV healing/ Russian troll election stealing/ Tom Hanks down under, put asunder/ No plays on Broadway / What else do I have to say?…”


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