• This wikipedia article covers the entire song, from how it was written, to the events and people mentioned in it, and other fun facts:'t_Start_the_Fire It is worth noting that all of the names and events Billy Joel mentions represent a chronological history from the month of his birth in 1949 to 1989, when the song was released. In effect, it is a topical historical journey through Billy Joel's lifetime.
  • Sure, I'll get right on that, and get back to you next year or so.
  • It's a four-minute summary of Billy Joel's memories from the first 40 years of his life.

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