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I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire

Sound familiar to you? Does this song bring about the distant memories of ten or so years ago, escaping a place you originally called home, then entering a hostile and unforgiving world forever tainted by the folly of man and the weapons they created?

If so, then you’ll know that this is I Don’t Want to set the World on Fire by the Ink Spots. If you’ve ever played Fallout 3 you’ll have heard this at least several times.

The song was written, composed and performed by Bennie Benjamin, Eddie Durham, Sol Marcus and Eddie Seiler. The song was made and released in 1941 and eventually over time copied by various other artists and groups.

The revitalization that it was given upon its inclusion in Bethesda’s more successful Fallout game allowed it to be heard by the masses once more, many of whom will attribute this song to exploring the Capital Wasteland.

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