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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

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

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

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
    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.
  • m
    Molly WelchSep 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm
    I have loved this song for a long time and think that it's the camaraderie of people who go into a bar to have a drink, forget their worries and insecurities even if it's only for a little while. The lyrics are through the voice of a man and I'm a woman and who just loves this song and also love to play the piano, I really identify with this song even though I don't go into bars. I was a military wife and guess there was plenty of partying and the camaraderie that went with it, I really enjoyed it and really miss the life of being an Army Wife.

    I believe it's about someone who is feeling kind of sorry for himself and wants to connect with people which he isn't able to do so unless he's had a few drinks. It's kind of sad that in the midst of all the noise, laughter and camaraderie, he only feels more sad. RE: the line "Yes, they're sharing a drink called loneliness. But it's better than drink in' alone."
  • 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.
  • U
    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.
  • GreenDay_13
    GreenDay_13Jul 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm
    Then, it was a music industry full of Talent, no matter who you were or where you were from you always had a chance if you had talent.
    Now, it matters bout the money you have and where you are from and who you are. If you aren't connected at all, you have no chance of making it even if you are the best singer ever. I want the world to go back so I, an innocent 13 year old in Philly can make it to Stardom...

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