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Billy Joel

"Piano Man"

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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 say, 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

[Chorus]
Da da da de de da
da da 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

[Chorus]
Da da da de de da
da da 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 Paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he's talking 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 drinking 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 coming to
see
To forget about life for awhile.

And the piano 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?"

Da da da de de da
da da 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.
Piano Man:
Artist:                            Billy Joel

Product details:
Style: Pop
Autobiographical

Tracks:

1       Traveling' Prayer 4:16
2       Piano Man 5:38
3       Ain't No Crime 3:18
4       You're My Home 3:13
6       Worse Comes to Worst 3:15
7       Stop in Nevada 3:55
8       If I Only Had the Words (To Tell You) 3:34
9       Somewhere Along the Line 3:20
10     Captain Jack 9:49
11     [Untitled] CD-ROM Track  
REVIEW:

All Music Guide

Embittered by legal disputes with his label
and an endless tour to support a debut that
was dead in the water, Billy Joel hunkered
down in his adopted hometown of Los
Angeles, spending six months as a lounge
singer at a club. He didn't abandon his
dreams -- he continued to write songs,
including "Piano Man," a fictionalized
account of his weeks as a lounge singer.

Through a combination of touring and
constant hustling, he landed a contract with
Columbia and recorded his second album in
1973. Clearly inspired by Elton John's
Tumbleweed Connection, not only musically
but lyrically, as well as James Taylor, Joel
expands the vision and sound of Cold Spring
Harbor, abandoning introspective numbers
(apart from "You're My Home," a love
letter to his wife) for character sketches and
epics.

Even the title track, a breakthrough hit
based on his weeks as a saloon singer,
focuses on the colorful patrons, not the
singer. If his narratives are occasionally
awkward or incomplete, he compensates
with music that gives the songs a sweeping
sense of purpose -- they feel complete,
thanks to his indelible melodies and savvy
stylistic re purposing.

He may have borrowed his basic blueprint
from Tumbleweed Connection, particularly
with its Western imagery and bluesy gospel
flourishes, but he makes it his own, largely
due to his melodic flair, which is in greater
evidence than on Cold Spring Harbor.

Piano Man is where he suggests his
potential as a musical craftsman. He may
have weaknesses as a lyricist -- such
mishaps as the "instant pleasure dome" line
in "You're My Home" illustrate that he
doesn't have an ear for words -- but Piano
Man makes it clear that his skills as a
melodist can dazzle. Stephen Thomas
Erlewine