Billy Joel Hit 'We Didn't Start the Fire' Deserves a New Verse for 2020

It looks like Billy Joel has some songwriting to do.

Redditors agreed on Friday that because 2020 has been such an unpredictable year, the hit song "We Didn't Start The Fire" should get an updated verse about the past nine months. The catchy hit from 1989, which squeezes 40 years of U.S. history into roughly five minutes of music, could use a new spark or two.

Someone shared an image of the Piano Man with text, reading, "That face you make when there's enough s**t in 2020 to make a whole new verse for 'We Didn't Start the Fire.'"

Some speculated whether a verse was enough to do 2020 justice. "A verse? The song would be 4 hours long!" one Redditor wrote. "And it's only September. We aren't even at the elections yet," another said.

"Right? I was just thinking he could press a full box-set length of a song just covering the past four years. 2020's stanza would be the length of the Iliad," a third chimed in.

"If only a verse would be enough... I think he could record a whole album and would still have to leave stuff out," one Redditor mused. (They're probably not wrong).

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Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden on January 7, 2016 in New York City. Getty/Nicholas Hunt

"A verse? One verse? From 2020?" one user posited. "This mof* about to drop "we didn't create the virus" as a 17 part symphonic epic to the downfall of man."

The internet suggested including the 2020 Election, the Black Lives Matters movement, Vladimir Putin, Jeffrey Epstein, the toilet paper shortage, and killer hornets — just to name a few.

Others also suggested including the actual fires of 2020 — the blazes from Australia, Oregon, California and Colorado.

Plus, the disastrous fire that was sparked by a gender reveal celebration. The El Dorado Fire scorched 21,000 acres of land 70 miles east of Los Angeles.

"Still got months left, not sure if we should include the one with gender reveal because 'THEY DID START THE FIRE'" one user emphasized. "We didn't start the fire, but the gender reveal party did...." another said.

One Redditor pointed out that someone created an updated version of the 1989 hit back in April, but it probably would be considered outdated.

Joel revealed on the year of the song's 30th anniversary that he wrote the lyrics before the melody for "We Didn't Start the Fire." "I think it shows," he told Billboard in 2009. "Because it's terrible musically. It's like a mosquito buzzing around your head."

Even if that's how Joel still feels, it doesn't mean we don't belt out the entire song with reckless abandon.