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Allentown
Billy Joel Lyrics


Well, we're living here in Allentown
And they're closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem, they're killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line
Well, our fathers fought the Second World War
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
Met our mothers at the USO
Asked them to dance
Danced with them slow
And we're living here in Allentown

But the restlessness was handed down
And it's getting very hard to stay

Well, we're waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved

So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No, they never taught us what was real
Iron and coke
Chromium steel
And we're waiting here in Allentown

But they've taken all the coal from the ground
And the union people crawled away

Every child had a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got
But something happened on the way to that place
They threw an American flag in our face

Well, I'm living here in Allentown
And it's hard to keep a good man down
But I won't be getting up today

And it's getting very hard to stay
And we're living here in Allentown

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Written by: Billy Joel

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Full Lyrics:

Well, we're living here in Allentown
And they're closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem, they're killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line
Well, our fathers fought the Second World War
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
Met our mothers at the USO
Asked them to dance
Danced with them slow
And we're living here in Allentown

But the restlessness was handed down
And it's getting very hard to stay

Well, we're waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved

So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No, they never taught us what was real
Iron and coke
Chromium steel
And we're waiting here in Allentown

But they've taken all the coal from the ground
And the union people crawled away

Every child had a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got
But something happened on the way to that place
They threw an American flag in our face

Well, I'm living here in Allentown
And it's hard to keep a good man down
But I won't be getting up today

Hey, hey, hey, oh, oh
And it's getting very hard to stay
And we're living here in Allentown



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Thisabadusername

This is the best billy Joel song by far, very underrated

Tim C

Said no one ever. Piano man is better. River of dreams is better. Even We didn't start the fire is better.

Steady Phil

100 percent man.

Payton

@spencer raetz-erway yes it is, but I'd say Scenes from an Intalian Restraunt is my favorite.

spencer raetz-erway

@Thomas Kyster piano man isn’t even top 10 billy Joel song

David Steinle

@Thomas Kyster Piano Man is highly overrated and tedious. Allentown #1.

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Joseph P

"Every child had a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got
But something happened
On the way to that place
They threw an American flag in our face" - it's been almost 40 years since release and those lyrics are still painfully true today.

Starquant

@Christian Lewis Still lingers?... In a survey commissioned by fair work Australia and conducted by La Trobe university in 2019, found that 80% of women were in low paid, minimum wage jobs and of that figure 90% could not find full time employment. Which in turn forced women into relationships based solely on financial security. Now granted, these are Australian figures (cause that's where I happen to live), but it's fairly indicative of most first world nations. So you have a small group of women.. around 20% who do earn good wages and could afford to live on their own terms. Many women are also "blue collar" workers and they don't get close to the same take home pay as their male counterparts. One profession, which is very gender based highlight the fact, that even after a woman completed a three year apprenticeship, the best she was ever going to paid was in fact minimum wage. The profession of course is hairdressing. So, then if we look at women trying to get into the building industry, as carpenters, painters, tilers, electricians, plumbers, where typically the wages are two to three times higher, you see women in the trade schools...but get harassed, belittled and sometimes assaulted to the point that when it comes to graduation, nearly all of them are gone. I did meet a female sparky working the checkout in my local supermarket and she said her work colleagues actively encouraged others to physically touch her and call her names. That's not really "getting ahead" in my book. Patriotism does "imply" a quality of life and it would appear that one half of the community has never had that luxury.

Christian Lewis

@Starquant true, women weren't treated right then, and the issue still lingers in places today. But does that change the fact that blind patriotism does not guarantee an escape from the plight of the common worker?

Starquant

@Christian Lewis So I guess women getting pushed into gender based jobs and receiving low wages has not been an issue for you?. Do you live in a cave per chance?.

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