We Definitely Started the Fire: 2017 in Review

New Year

It’s always bothered me a little bit that Billy Joel didn’t think we started the fire. Really? Like nothing to do with it at all??

In reviewing both the big wins and the dumpster fires of 2017, I think we had a little something to do with what’s going on. And we can do better.

So without further ado, “We Definitely Started the Fire.” Music by Billy Joel, Words by Becca. And Billy Joel. Because some things apparently haven’t changed a bit in 28 years. (Link to the original below in case you haven’t listened to it 435 times in the past two weeks and have it memorized to sing along.)

We Definitely Started the Fire

Rose McGowan, Theresa May, Climate Change, Zimbabwae
Trans-Pacific, Islamic State, Cristiano Ronaldo
Jeff Sessions, Full Eclipse, Reality, Television
North Korea, “Rocket Man,” Houston Astros
Neil Gorsuch, Car Bombs, Hyperloop,  Danica Roem
SNL, makes us laugh, and April the Giraffe
Hurricanes, Beyoncé, Meghan Markle’s shiny ring
Catalonia, Hamilton, Obama said goodbye

We definitely started the fire
I think it’s kind of lame that we don’t take some blame
We definitely started the fire
Of course it isn’t all rough, but let’s fix the bad stuff

Donald Trump, President, That makes me REAL upset
Wildfires, Chance the Rapper, Doomsday Clock
Star Wars, Myanmar, Bitcoin, Kremlin
US Men’s Soccer falls, Country’s going Pop
Weinstein, turns me green, New England’s got a winning team
James Comey, Amazon, Healthcare, Blake Shelton
Bathroom Bills, Taylor Swift, Alabama, Resist
Duchess Kate, Envelopegate, Russia’s out IOC says

We definitely started the fire
I think it’s kind of lame that we don’t take some blame
We definitely started the fire
Sure some things are great, but there’s still so much hate

Standing Rock, Kaepernick, Longer Tweets, Unicorn Frapp
Me Too, Grande, Las Vegas Tragedy
This is Us, Rafael Nadal, Tom Brady’s still got it all
Too much hateful homicide, Driverless cars go for a ride
Women’s March, Covfefe, Travel Ban, Syria
Fidget Spinners, Oslo, Net Neutral’s a no-go
Football players, Take a Knee, Thankful that our speech is free
It’s about time, Creeps let go, Get this clear – no means no.

We definitely started the fire
I think it’s kind of lame that we don’t take some blame
We definitely started the fire
It’ll take some strong will, but we can oust all the swill

Fake News, Kardashian, Love is Love in Aussie land
Lady Bird, Gal Gadot, Women rule the silver screen
Women drive in Saudi Arabia, Snap Chat Filter Mania
Moonlight, John McCain, Violence in Yemin
Pope Francis, iPhone X, Everything’s on Netflix
Need gun control, right away, what else do I have to say?

We definitely started the fire
I think it’s kind of lame that we don’t some blame
We definitely started the fire
So let’s speak out loud, make our kids feel proud

Birth control, Xi Jinping, Tonya Harding back again
Alt-Right, Not right, Stranger Things, Indie rock
Russia, Mueller, Palestine, Terror happens all the time
Elections in Iran, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Game of Thrones, Sally Yates, To refugees we close the gates
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, Uber, Daca, Carson Wentz
Opiods on the shores, Politicians break the law
Charlottesville, racial wars, I can’t take it anymore

We definitely started the fire
I think it’s kind of lame that we don’t some blame
We definitely started the fire
And when we’re gone
Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on…

2017 in Review

Here’s to the good from 2017. Because there was a lot. Farewell to the bad from 2017. Because, well, there was a lot. Looking forward to a 2018 with more love, less hate, more generosity, less greed, more empathy, and less cruelty. Are we all in this together? K, cool. Let’s do it.

With auld lang syne,

 

Becca

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