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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
Written by: Billy Joel

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SKY

It's nine o'clock on a saturday
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 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 a 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
Sing us the 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 de-de da
La-la de-de da da-da
Sing us the 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



Dongju Heo

A long time ago, I read a comment that said

"This song is the most beautiful way to say 'life sucks'."

Can't seem to find his comment anywhere so Ima just put it right here so I dont forget.

Edit) Happy to tell you that I found the comment you all were talking about, and I think I have to say that I had no intention to steal the comment, but to share the impression I had from this comment and how much I related to it. Love you all, and I hope you all a happy and fulfilling life that brings all the good thing this sucker of a life brings to you. Be happy, and may God bless you all!

Edit 2: So a lot of people have taught me that this comment can be found in the piano tutorial of this song by sheet music boss ! Thank you all for pointing that out! I would have never done it by myself! You all are amazing, and I am happy to be in such an amazing part of youtube! These are perilous times, but I wish that you never lose hope, and that may the best of health and safety be with you all! Love you!



최강혁

It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
토요일 9시네요.

The regular crowd shuffles in
단골 손님들이 모이고 있죠.[5]


There's an old man sitting next to me
제 옆엔 나이 많은 남자가 앉아있어요.

Makin' love to his tonic and gin
토닉 앤 진과 사랑을 나누면서 말이죠.


He says, "Son, can you play me a memory?
그가 말하길, "젊은이, 나에게 추억을 연주해줄 수 있겠나?

I'm not really sure how it goes
그게 어떻게 되는 거였는지는 잘 모르겠지만

But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete
슬프고 달콤하고, 내가 잘 알던 거였다네.

When I wore a younger man's clothes"
내가 젊었을 때 말이지."


Sing us a song, you're the piano man
우리에게 노래 한 곡 불러줘요,
당신은 피아노맨이잖아요!

Sing us a song tonight
오늘밤 우리에게 노래 한 곡 해줘요.

Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
우리 모두 노래에 취하고 싶은 기분이에요.

And you've got us feelin' alright
그리고 당신은 우릴 기분 좋게 해주고 있어요.


Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
저기 바에 있는 존은 제 친구에요.

He gets me my drinks for free
저에게 공짜로 술을 주죠.


And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
그는 농담도 잘 하고, 담뱃불도 재빨리 붙여주지만

But there's someplace that he'd rather be
그에겐 달리 있고 싶어하는 곳이 따로 있죠.


He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me"
그가 말하길, "빌, 이런 일 하다간 제명에 못 살겠어."[6]

As the smile ran away from his face
얼굴에 웃음기가 사라진 채로요.

"Well I'm sure that I could be a movie star
"나 정도면 유명한 영화배우가 될 수 있을 텐데,

If I could get out of this place"
여기서 벗어나기만 한다면 말이야."


Now Paul is a real estate novelist
폴은 부동산 중계업자지만, 항상 소설가를 꿈꿔요.

Who never had time for a wife
바빠서 아내를 맞을 시간조차 없었죠.[7]

And he's talkin' with Davy, who's still in the Navy
그가 얘기하고 있는 사람은 해군에서 복무 중인 데이비

And probably will be for life
아마도 그는 평생 해군에 있겠죠.[8]


And the waitress is practicing politics
그리고 웨이트리스[9]는 요령이 좋죠.

As the businessmen slowly get stoned
저 사업가들이 천천히 취해 가는 걸 보면 말이죠.


Yes, they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
그래요, 우리는 외로움이라고 불리는 술을 나눠 마시죠.

But it's better than drinkin' alone
하지만 혼자 마시는 것보단 낫잖아요.


Sing us a song, you're the piano man
우리에게 노래 한 곡 불러줘요,
당신은 피아노맨이잖아요!

Sing us a song tonight
오늘밤 우리에게 노래 한 곡 해줘요.

Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
우리 모두 노래에 취하고 싶은 기분이에요.

And you've got us feelin' alright
그리고 당신은 우릴 기분 좋게 해주고 있어요.


It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
토요일치고는 꽤 많은 사람들이 모였네요.

And the manager gives me a smile
지배인이 저에게 미소를 지어보이는군요.


'Cause he knows that it's me they've been comin' to see
사람들이 저를 보려고 왔다는 걸 알기 때문이죠.

To forget about life for a while
잠시나마 (고달픈) 삶을 잊기 위해서 말이에요.


And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
그리고 피아노는 축제 소리를 내는 것처럼 들려요.

And the microphone smells like a beer
마이크에서는 맥주 냄새가 나죠.

And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
사람들은 바에 앉아서 제게 팁을 주죠.

And say, "Man, what are you doin' here?"
그리곤 "자넨 여기 있기엔 아까워![10]"라고 말하죠.


Sing us a song, you're the piano man
우리에게 노래 한 곡 불러줘요,
당신은 피아노맨이잖아요!

Sing us a song tonight
오늘밤 우리에게 노래 한 곡 해줘요.

Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
우리 모두 노래에 취하고 싶은 기분이에요.

And you've got us feelin' alright
그리고 당신은 우릴 기분 좋게 해주고 있어요.



Juan Camacho

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-di-da
La-la di-di-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 a 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-di-da
La-la di-di-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 the 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-di-da
La-la di-di-da da-dum

Sing us the 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



All comments from YouTube:

Kelvin Seet

I can't believe I actually only properly listened to this song after 4 decades of my life. What a loss of lyrical heaven eternity I've missed!

H.W Plainview

@Marijn Smit kelvin

Marijn Smit

@H.W Plainview who is kev

H.W Plainview

Seriously Kev what’s wrong with you

Marijn Smit

Bruh, dude ok let me tell u. im am only 15 and this song made my life, I listened to it for like 100 times and Im still not bored of it

Tsewang Chonjor

Same here

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David Baltovski

This song makes me nostalgic about things i have never experienced nor was born to experience.

Will Feo

Me too bro

matt gordon

That’s common core thinking right there. You’ve lost so much that I can’t figure out where to start!!

Richard Shirley

But you have to be able to count in three beats to the bar!

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