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Miami 2017
Billy Joel Lyrics


Seen the lights go out Broadway
I saw the Empire State laid low
And life went on beyond the Palisades
They all bought Cadillacs
And left there long ago

They held a concert out in Brooklyn
To watch the island bridges blow
They turned our power down
And drove us underground
But we went right on with the show

I've seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the ruins at my feet
You know we almost didn't notice it
We'd seen it all the time on Forty second street

They burned the churches down in Harlem
Like in that Spanish civil war
The flames were everywhere
But no one really cared
It always burned up there before

I've seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the mighty skyline fall
The boats were waiting at the battery
The union went on strike
They never sailed at all

They sent a carrier out from Norfolk
And picked the Yankees up for free
They said that Queens could stay
And blew the Bronx away
And sank Manhattan out at sea

You know those lights were bright on Broadway
That was so many years ago
Before we all lived here in Florida
Before the Mafia took over Mexico
There are not many who remember
They say a handful still survive
To tell the world about
The way the lights went out
And keep the memory alive

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Written by: BILLY JOEL

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Charles Rogers

Lyrics
Seen the lights go out Broadway
I saw the Empire State laid low
And life went on beyond the Palisades
They all bought Cadillacs
And left there long ago

They held a concert out in Brooklyn
To watch the island bridges blow
They turned our power down
And drove us underground
But we went right on with the show

I've seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the ruins at my feet
You know we almost didn't notice it
We'd seen it all the time on Forty second street

They burned the churches down in Harlem
Like in that Spanish civil war
The flames were everywhere
But no one really cared
It always burned up there before

I've seen the lights go out on Broadway
I watched the mighty skyline fall
The boats were waiting at the battery
The union went on strike
They never sailed at all

They sent a carrier out from Norfolk
And picked the Yankees up for free
They said that Queens could stay
And blew the Bronx away
And sank Manhattan out at sea

You know those lights were bright on Broadway
That was so many years ago
Before we all lived here in Florida
Before the Mafia took over Mexico
There are not many who remember
They say a handful still survive
To tell the world about
The way the lights went out
And keep the memory alive



All comments from YouTube:

RENTnerd87

I love how he'd actually stopped doing this song live, until after Sept 11. Ever since then it's been back on his setlist almost permanantly. This song has just become so much more meaningful and powerful since 9/11

JD

It’s prophetic now.

RENTnerd87

@Johnny Angel No one said it was

Johnny Angel

This is not about 9/11!It was about New York in the 70's

littlesongbird1

I even remember on 9/11 talking to my dad later (He is a huge Billy Joel fan and introduced me to him) and we were talking about the verse that almost was verbatim what happened "I watched the might Skyline fall/the boats were waiting at the battery"

Brad Barding

Finally saw my idol...Billy Joel in concert last month and this is the song he opened with. The crowd went nuts. It was an experience I'll treasure forever.

T y

I saw him in earths November. He also opened with this song. It fit perfectly because it was his first concert since the COVID-19 pandemic and the lights really did go out in broadway during that time.

Ethan

Same I saw him a week ago and it was a great experience becausenim 13 and I didn't live when this first came oh so I am greatfull for this experience

Brandon Chabner

wish I had seen that... this is a glorious song

Rob Vilar

Greatest high school drop out ever, long island guy true blue

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