RAY ROSSI: Watch Billy Joel Flub Lyrics to ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ [VIDEO]
Ever go to a show where you know the singer must have sung one of his or her hits thousands of times over and over – and still forgets the lyrics?
It happened to country star Trisha Yearwood during a taping of a show she was doing for VH-1 at the time. Her hit, “X’s and O’s” had her so flummoxed, she needed to do retakes about 3 or 4 times.
And it’s not as though the words are hard to memorize. Or at least, I wouldn’t think they’d be all that hard.
But then again, I’m not the one singing them.
Well, something similar happened to Billy Joel in Toronto recently while trying to sing “We Didn’t Start the Fire” – the song he’d written when he turned 40 to document all that had happened in his life up until them.
And to hear the wordplay he used is quite brilliant.
But, all it takes is one word placed out of cadence, and all goes awry.
A fan caught the mistake on video.
“Wait a minute,” Joel said, catching his error. “That ain’t right. All you gotta do it f-k up one word in that song and it’s a train wreck.”
“It’s the same thing verse after verse,” Joel continued, lambasting the song. “Just the words change. It’s one of the worst melodies I ever wrote.”
Joel then finished up the song without further incident.
“That’ll be all over YouTube tomorrow,” Joel said. “It’s OK. It was an authentic rock and roll f-k up. We’re not on tape. You don’t see much of that anymore. Ok, let’s hope we get through this one.”
And right he is about it being all over YouTube.
Here it is – but be cautioned for strong language.
One thing I’ve always taken out of Billy Joel’s music is his humanity – the ability to wear his emotion on his sleeve and be real enough to call himself out even when he screws up on of his better known songs?
How many times have you seen singers screw up the lyrics to songs they must have sung a thousand times over?