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Piano Man
Billy Joel Lyrics


It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There's an old man sittin' next to me
Makin' love to his tonic and gin
He says, "Son, can you play me a memory?
I'm not really sure how it goes
But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man's clothes"

La, la-la, di-dee-da
La-la, di-dee-da, da-dum

Sing us a song, you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feelin' alright

Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
But there's some place that he'd rather be
He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me"
As the smile ran away from his face
"Well, I'm sure that I could be a movie star
If I could get out of this place"

Oh, la, la-la, di-dee-da
La-la, di-dee-da, da-dum

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he's talkin' with Davy, who's still in the Navy
And probably will be for life
And the waitress is practicing politics
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
Yes, they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it's better than drinkin' alone

Sing us a song, you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feelin' alright

It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
And the manager gives me a smile
'Cause he knows that it's me they've been comin' to see
To forget about life for a while
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
And the microphone smells like a beer
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
And say, "Man, what are you doin' here?"

Oh, la, la-la, di-dee-da
La-la, di-dee-da, da-dum

Sing us a song, you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feelin' alright

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Billy Joel

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gilbert Oh sullivan

It's nine o'clock on a saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There's an old man sitting next to me
Makin' love to his tonic and gin
He says, 'son, can you play me a memory?
I'm not really sure how it goes
But it's sad and it's sweet and
i knew it complete
When i wore a younger man's clothes'
La la la, de de da
La la, de de da da da
Sing us a song, you're the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
And you've got us feelin' alright
Now john at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he's quick with a joke or to
light up your smoke
But there's someplace that he'd rather be
He says, 'bill, i believe this is killing me.'
As the smile ran away from his face
'well i'm sure that i could be a movie star
If i could get out of this place'
Oh, la la la, de de da
La la, de de da da da
Now paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he's talkin' with davy
who's still in the navy
And probably will be for life
And the waitress is practicing politics
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
Yes, they're sharing a drink
they call loneliness
But it's better than drinkin' alone
It's a pretty good crowd for a saturday
And the manager gives me a smile
'cause he knows that it's me
they've been comin'
to see
To forget about life for a while
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
And the microphone smells like a beer
And they sit at the bar and
put bread in my jar
And say, 'man, what are you doin' here?'
Oh, la la la, de de da
La la, de de da da da



david vaughan

The lyrics of this song are what elevate it to another level. It starts off innocuously enough, set in a non-descript bar. But all the sudden early on the song immediately crescendoes and Billy Joel hits us with lyrics that stand with the most poignant and powerful in popular music:


There's an old man sittin' next to me
Makin' love to his tonic and gin

He says, "Son can you play me a memory?
I'm not really sure how it goes
But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man's clothes"


Holy Smoke, man. That is POETRY

From this point on, we are transfixed because we realize we are in the presence of a master storyteller.



All comments from YouTube:

leokimvideo

How the hell did a 24 year old write one of the greatest songs of all time as his first single.

Flying Rat

@Ok it kinda does, since you’re unwilling to let something be and had to respond within half an hour of my comment. I think folk music is better entirely on the basis that it has more character, meaning and independence from establishment. Handiwork means nothing if the music isn’t enjoyable, classical music is to theory based and can’t do anything inventive. Folk music is very regional and conveys the character and culture of an area, was and is made by thousands of independent artists, and is still made, whereas classical is dead as a genre and only exists on the life support of a few (brilliant I will admit) dead composers

Also music is subjective so boom, neither of our arguments act matter since it’s entirely personal taste.

Ok

@Flying Rat Responding to Youtube comments doesn't make me addicted to social media. Ok how about you explain what makes folk music better than classical music, and I actually want to you to justify what makes folk musicians put in more handwork than classical musicians with proper reasoning.

Flying Rat

@Ok ​ ​ “addicted to social media” says the dude that’s spent 8 months of his life responding to comments on this thread. Classical music is eh, folk music is much better if you really want to hold your modern world is rubbish elitism over peoples heads

Munstersestraat

@flash at 16 even

Mochi ツ

@JBofBrisbanedid u misinterpret this as an insult?

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SuperRaeDizzle

This is one of the best songs ever made. The fact one man wrote, composed and produced this is insane

Tom Termini

At 24 years old!!

II M4X II

Not really, considering that's what a professional is paid to do.

Joe Anania

it all begins at conception

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