Parody of We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel

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Parody of We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel

Post by Drassil » Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:57 pm

In the '80s, Bily Joel released a song called 'We Didn't Start The Fire', where he listed (in rhyme to music) all the figures and events since the year he was born that had contributed to the state of the nation (the USA) and affected his generation. The original lyrics can be found here and elsewhere, and the song can be heard here.

After some very late nights, I've reworked the lyrics into 'We Didn't Stop The Knightmare'. Over on the Back-Up Forum is a 'making of' post, showing how the new lyrics reflect the original in various places.

There are still some discrepancies in the lyrics that I may need to iron out. Also, I have used various Forum members' usernames in the lyrics, as they helped with the rhyme and metre. If anyone concerned objects, please let me know and I'll change the words.


Scaramonger, Bumptious, Red Dragons, Igneous
Mistress Goody, Mellisandre, Catacombite

Lillith Motley, Talisman, Stiletta and Miremen
Block And Tackle, Antechamber, Play Your Cards Right

Vale Of Worms, HStorm, Brother Strange, Linghorm
Knapsack, Samurai, Emii with a double-i

Automatum, Sidriss, Giles is home for Christmas
Helm Of Justice, "Shuddup, Festus", Series 8 then goodbye

CHORUS
We didn't stop the Knightmare
Hope was always burning
And the times are turning
We didn't stop the Knightmare
No we didn't fight it
But we will ignite it

Dungeon Master, Password, "Goblin Fodder", Talking bird
"Enter stranger", Crazed Heifer, Dooreen Ah Wok

Lissard, Skeletron, Ariadne, "Game on"
Trial By Spikes and Three Life Force Clocks

Eyeshield, Grimaldine, trophies for a winning team
Dunkley Wood, Sly Hands, Cedric Marta, Quicksand

Bomb Room, Oracle, Barry's hammer, Floating skull
Brother Mace, Wellways, trouble on the Causeways

CHORUS

Mills of Doom, Snapper Jack, moving minecart, Malefact
Broadswords, and McGrew, "Bold Sir Hugh to rescue you'"

Scorpion, fireballs, Winteria portals
Stormgeists, spell scrolls, maps from Mrs. Grimwold

Olaf Folly, Mogdred, spellcasting, Marblehead
Humbug jars, Frightknights, catacombs of Cavernwights

Clue Room, Rothberry, bar of gold and "Ooh nasty"
Challenge TV, Greenshades, and the Corridor Of Blades

CHORUS

David Rowe, Boatman, Questions from the Brollachan
Pickle, Merlin, Place Of Choice, Illusion

Pookas Velda Combat chess, D-I-S-M-I-S-S
Olgarth, Dungarth, Raptor Malice Elfpath

Treguard, Brangwen Shee, Owen Fidjit Chromakey
BVA, Friday, what else do I have to say?

CHORUS

Sidestep left, Assassin, Vale of Vanburn, Gwendoline
Mildread, Gumboil, Wolfenden, Gargoyle
Pixel, Skarkill, Pendulum, starting out on Level One
Lord Fear at his viewing pool, look Morghanna's being cruel

Wheel of Fortune, Granitas, bar of silver, spyglass
Spindizzy, Heggatty, Cup, Crown, Level Three
Descenders and trapdoors, never saw Count Brinkatore
Rocks of Bruin Nemanor, we love Knightmare give us more!

We didn't stop the Knightmare
Hope was always burning
And the times are turning
We didn't stop the Knightmare
But when we are gone
Will it run on, and on, and on, and on...
Last edited by Drassil on Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:21 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Reason: Fixing links and minor errors - with the author's ongoing permission.
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Re: I had a silly idea...

Post by HStorm » Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:02 pm

That is a terrific bit of parody, Drass, probably the best so far.

It must've taken some real figuring out. So much so, I'm tempted to object to you using my username, just to make things difficult.   ;D  But of course I'd never do that to you!
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Re: I had a silly idea...

Post by Drassil » Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:08 pm

First, I went through Velda's Knightmare Encyclopedia website (thanks, Velda!) and noted down all the names etc. and added more from memory. Then I divided the list up into one-syllable terms, two-syllable terms, and so on. Then I substituted each word/phrase in Billy Joel's lyrcs with a KM word one by one. It took many hours. I also sung it through with an online karaoke version of the original song, just to check it worked!
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Re: I had a silly idea...

Post by FrightKnight » Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:00 pm

Blummin' 'eck!!

See, I'm so impressed I used 2 genuine exclaimation marks to register my approval.

Congratulations, o Drassil of legend. Helps that I know the song a little too. Certainly my favourite non-Queen Knightmare tie-in so far.
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Re: Dungeoneers/The Hun And Lonely

Post by Ironlord » Wed Jul 15, 2009 3:20 pm

Drassil wrote: The following parody features every dungeoneer name. Original: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=g1BbNH_vXAM
At this point I had a challenge involving Billy Joel's We Didn't Start The Fire. I thought I'd take a look back through the thread, just in case, and there it is already done by guess who on page 12...

Meanwhile, I'm thinking of something along the lines of Megadeth's Hook In Mouth. Will anyone beat me to it?

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