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Billy Joel’s 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start the Fire” covers many historical events that took place from the 1940s through to the end of the 1980s. Updates have long been pitched, but these Coronavirus lyrics that have gone viral might give the best argument for a new version of the song.

Simpsons writer Matt Warburton tweeted on March 12, “Today was like if ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ was a day.” His tweet was then retweeted by Twitter user The Caffeinated Therapist who wrote, “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 sayyyyyy.”

In a statement to Ultimate Classic Rock, The Caffeinated Therapist’s, whose name is Brittany Barkholtz, said, “I was born in 1990, and the song ends at the end of the ’80s. I said, ‘We need a part two because everything in my life came after that song.'”

Perhaps, it’s time for a new version of the song. Joel certainly has the time to write it. His March and April residency shows at Madison Square Garden have been postponed.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights