A music video for the single was directed by Chris Blum. The singer acts as an unseen but omnipresent observer. During each chorus, Joel wearing sunglasses (similar to Roy Orbison's) rhythmically beats on a black table; in the background, famous photographs (of Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination and Nguyen Van Lém's execution, among others) are consumed by fire, a metaphor of the song's theme and title.
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Numerous parodies and takeoffs have been based on the song, including The Simpsons' parody "They'll Never Stop the Simpsons" at the end of the 2002 "Gump Roast". See more
References Lawrence of Arabia