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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 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 da da
La la, di da da da dum

Chorus:
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, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

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

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

Chorus
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 got us feeling 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 da da
La la, di da da da dum

Chorus:
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 got us feeling alright



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  • adolf_hitlah
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    adolf_hitlahAug 29, 2008 at 1:39 am
    The song "Piano Man" by Billy Joel states a life of a pianist in a Piano Bar. Not only his life but all the people that work and come there. Workers here dream of something for their life. It's a great song he wrote.
  • U
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    UnregisteredFeb 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    It's a heart warming song about " should have been s" these people really want to do something with there lives. But it's really a numbers game. "Have the best voice in the world?" Oh ok. "do you have a million dollars to support your dreams and talent?" No, we'll then sorry! There are young adults out there who will never get to live out there dreams. I'm twelve and would really love to be a singer but the chances of that happening are very slim. These people are not happy with what became of their lives. Now John at the bar is a friend of mine.

    And the waitress is practicing politics.
    They would love to be doing something else with their lives but haven't gotten the chance too. If you ask kidss what they want to be as an adult, you'll realize there chances depending on money.
  • U
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    UnregisteredMay 21, 2012 at 1:39 am
    Its about dreams that never have or will come true, dead futures of "should have" ,how even with all that you can still be ok with good friends,that care free happiness of not being a lone,and forgetting
  • U
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    UnregisteredMar 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm
    Its a life of billy play at a bar full of hopes and dreams and those who come there want to forget things for a while i loved it in the seventies
  • U
    UnregisteredJul 29, 2014 at 10:32 pm
    It's one of the best songs ever written by any artist. I heard once that it's not about billy Joel. It's something that he invented. Regardless of what it's or was to me is A great story.
    I thought for many years that it was about him cause he was an alcoholic, I heard that now he is taking it easy. He is already 65. Billy you are the best. We love you.

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