We didn't start the fire, protested Billy Joel in his song which despite its difficult lyrics and simple melody, has set many karaoke bars aflame over the years. And now, the Samajwadi Party is joining the singalong.
The Samajwadi Party has bought the rights to We Didn't Start The Fire and adapted the song's lyrics for promoting their leader, Mulayam Singh Yadav. Now, instead of "We didn't start the fire, it was always burning, since the world's been turning', the song goes: 'Mann se hai Mulayam....aur irada loha hai, aur irada loha hai!" (He is soft-hearted but iron-willed). The song is now called Mann Se Hai Mulayam.
“The idea is to appeal to the younger demographic and we are very happy that the song has become very popular on Youtube. The song is catchy and peppy and projects the young ethos of the Akhilesh Yadav government,” said the party’s national secretary Rajesh Dikshit about the song produced by the Mumbai-based Arkash Production, in a Times of India article.
"It was the idea of Akhilesh Yadav. We have got the rights to Billy Joel's song," says Arjun Sablok of Arkash Production House, Mumbai, which has brought out the adaptation, to the Indian Express. Akhilesh is known to have eclectic taste in music and has his Ipod handy even when he's on the campaign trail. "The song has turned out to be quite inspiring. Since its release on November 22, Mulayam's birthday, it has got nearly 1.5 lakh likes on Facebook."
According to the Indian Express report, the lyrics have been written by Mulayam's teacher Udai Pratap Singh.
BJP, on the other hand, has put out as many as 19 songs on Youtube to promote Narendra Modi, which include songs like ‘Dabang hain Modiji’ and ‘Lal Qiley par Modiji’. Congress has bought the rights to 'Jai Ho' from Slumdog Millionaire.
Listen to the song here: