LIFE SHOULD NOT BE THIS HARD – Marilyn Armstrong

From ChosenPerspective’s Song Lyrics Sunday 4-21/19

It crossed my mind that her song said the same thing. Life should not be this difficult. We didn’t start this fire, but someone did. Perhaps it was started by the very first human who made his own fire with his own tools. Perhaps this is the direction that all human history has taken.

I just know that life was not this hard even a few years ago. But now it’s hard, so hard, so painful, so stressful. In a time of my life when there should be little stress, it’s as if the weight of the world is coming down on our heads.

Life is heavy. The world is heavy. There seem to be no answers that make any sense. Only the sense that this world is crushing us.

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

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 …

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

Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, “Rock Around the Clock”

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

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, “Peyton Place”, trouble in the Suez

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, terror on the airline
Ayatollah’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 shores, China’s under martial law
Rock and roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on …

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 …

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 …

Songwriter: Billy Joel  – We Didn’t Start the Fire lyrics
© Universal Music Publishing Group

The world is an onerous place. The business of surviving gets worse almost by the minute. I didn’t think it could get worse. I thought we had bottomed out. Apparently, there is no bottom. Maybe there never was and we all previously lived in our own personal parallel reality.

It’s almost a sunny day. The birds are lunching on the deck. I think I’ll take pictures.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

14 thoughts on “LIFE SHOULD NOT BE THIS HARD – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Sorry about your feelings, but I DID enjoy the video clip tremendously….. The only problem was that I couldn‘t follow the lyrics AND watch the vid at the same time – Thank you for sharing. Actually, I‘m often surprised how accurate and deep the lyrics to types of music I don‘t normally listen to, are…. (this phrasing must be wrong, it‘s probably my Swiss mind thinking in English).

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    1. That’s why I printed the words. I flip back and forth between the words and the music. It’s a great song for this generation — and it really IS our song. I am puzzled by kids who think it’s ALL our fault. Haven’t they read any history at all? Do they really think this is the beginning of the end and it all started in 1960? Are they that limited? Hard to believe! War and hatred and hostility have always been with us. As long as there have been humans, there have been wars. We’re just better at them now.

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      1. It’s so much easier to moan and complain than to think…. Thank you for it – I had a great time flipping up and down and nodding…. good stuff indeed.

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  2. You’re so right. Don’t get me started on how much worse things have got over the years – I’ll never get any studying done. Suffice to say, it’s all true. And scary.

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  3. Billy Joel is my man. Yes, as one gets older, it gets harder. Forget that myth about “the golden years.” I think they turned to brass. Unless you have great health and wealth, life keeps presenting challenges. In the past year a 91-year-old friend died, and now an 87-year-old one is in the process of dying. I know it’s expected in these late years, but it’s hard to let go of friendships that have lasted for 80 and 65 years.

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    1. WordPress is at it again. I just answered this and my comment is gone.

      Our gang has thinned to the point that calling it “the gang” is a big overstatement. We all understand what’s happening but it’s sad and that what we humorously call a government has made it so much worse makes it hurt all the more.

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