They left their childhood On every acre And who was wrong, And who was right? In order to convince listeners that the memory of the war be rooted in the experience faced by the soldiers, he must first convince them that there was such an emotional trauma. It doesn't end until these guys are absorbed into the mainstream and we deal with our feelings about it. The record slowly worked its way up the charts, peaking at number 27 in the spring of 1974. Joel took a similar approach, and wrote the lyric based on his conversations with veterans. 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 I believe that the message in the song is about how life is contradicting. This argument based in emotions would be empty or invalid, just passion, if not for the strong ethos established. Joel's music consistently demonstrates an affection for Beatlesque hooks and a flair for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway melodies.
Oh, la la la, di da da La la, di da da da dum And the waitress is practicing politics As the businessman slowly gets stoned sorry if the waitresses feel offended, but billy makes a reference to waitressing as no one´s dream job. Joel has said of the song: Time has a way of healing wounds or making them easier to look at to see if they've scabbed up. Everybody Loves You Now has more guitar imitation, but this time with very quickly arpeggiated chords to emulate the individual strummed notes of a fast acoustic guitar!! The soldiers were terrified to move at night because of the guerrilla tactics used by vietnamses We had no cameras To shoot the landscape We passed the hash pipe And played our Doors tapes And it was dark So dark at night And we held on to each other Like brother to brother We promised our mothers we'd write And we would all go down together We said we'd all go down together Yes we would all go down together The soldiers shared a mutual acceptance of their own fate, which was most likely that they were going to die. Brinkley and Joel were married in the spring of 1985. So really, you gotta practice all the politics you can find to resist the longing of just beating one of those guys up and keep your temper under control. The waitress I've already explained, the businessmen only want to escape life, their wifes, who all know about their mistresses, their stressing jobs, their children, the worries and the boredom it all brings over them.
In the Joel sings of the darkness and the fear it induced in the Marines. We had no cameras To shoot the landscape We passed the hash pipe And played our Doors tapes And it was dark. I went for an interesting juxtaposition, because the Russian modality is usually a minor modality. It depicts the situation and attitude of beginning with their military training on and then into different aspects of Vietnam combat. This song is about loneliness. I found that many times when Joel would preform this piece in concert he would invite war veterans on stage with him. Piano Man, Honesty, She's Got a Way, Movin Out, Allentown.
The song begins with the sound of crickets chirping and wind chimes at night, giving a sense of calm. Furthermore, he lost a manager during this time and Family Productions was experiencing legal and financial difficulties, which prevented him from recording an immediate follow-up. As an artist, Joel does not present a plain and flat argument. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I think the reason Paul didn't have time for a wife is that he has no interest in women--after all, he's talking to Davy, who's still in the navy, and probably will be for life. This is an unofficial fan site providing information and commentary on Billy Joel's music. Joel becomes the performer or conveyor of the message, but not the one telling the story. The sessions for Turnstiles were long and filled with tension, culminating with Joel firing the album's original producer, Guercio, and producing the album himself.
It wouldn't be his last: he soon announced that he'd have a regular residency at Madison Square Garden, performing 21 concerts in 2014 alone with an option to play there indefinitely. Billy usually sticks to eighth note subdivisions and block triads in the right hand and doubles the bass line in his left on his ballads and slower songs as well as some of his more driving midtempo stuff. Songs in the Attic bought Joel some time as he was completing an album he had designed as his bid to be taken seriously as a composer. A lot of them came back from being in country and really had a hard time getting over it, and still to this day I think a lot of them are having a hard time. Gimme a call sometime will-ye, yeah yer hot! I believe this song is talking about life in general everyone has a story that they need share. Thus, Phil Ramone partially fulfilled his wishes in focusing more on a guitar and band oriented sound with the piano filling in the mix for texture. The drink they share is really just the loneliness, and it is better to share your loneliness with somebody else, than to just have to sit all by yourself.
Oh, la la la, de de da La la, de de 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 I think everyone can have a different message from this song. Most notably, though, it can have an immediate impact on curtailing dangers of heavy and frequent drinking on youth. Following the Storm Front world tour, Joel spent the next few years quietly. Billy's faster songs employ either broken eighth and occasionally sixteenth note octaves or Broadway style pounding quarter notes in the left hand for momentum. Sending troops to war is emotional, as is the basis of the argument. They feel lonely and hopeless. More than the mere fact that minors are breaking the law by drinking is that they are doing so dangerously.
As a college student myself, I see those of both legal and illegal age forgo responsibility in favor of dangerous drinking patterns. Viktor was sent to some Red Army town Served out his time, became a circus clown The greatest happiness he'd ever found Was making Russian children laugh And children lived in Leningrad But children lived in Levittown And hid in the shelters underground Until the Soviets turned their ships around And tore the Cuban missiles down And in that bright October sun We knew our childhood days were done And I watched my friends go off to war What do they keep on fighting for? But it is so different with her job as a waitress, that it almost seems impossible. Rather, it's Joel's imagination of what it was like, based, no doubt on Hollywood movies like Platoon or Apocalypse Now, memories of Cronkite and Dan Rather broadcasts, etc. Survival, not ideology, was the only matter of importance. The message presented in this case was less an opinion on the war, and more a reflection on the event, which ultimately ruled that the war, and the tragic loss of life therein, was meaningless.
No explanation is given for the title within the song, and those words aren't in the lyrics, but it would seem to be meant to portray someone remembering, and saying goodbye to, those wartime memories. Soon, Billy Joel begins singing or, more appropriately, storytelling. It didn't matter in the thick of the fight We, held the day In the palm of our hands They, ruled the night And the night, seemed to last as long as six weeks On Parris Island We held the coastline They held the highland And they were sharp As sharp as knives They heard the hum of the mortars They counted the rotors And waited for us to arrive And we would all go down together We said we'd all go down together Yes we would all go down together. There are many songs about this disgusting war but I think these lyrics are the absolute best. Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music. On the latter two, this is pretty much his way of emulating a driving guitar.
Under the terms of the contract, Joel signed to the label for life; the pianist was unaware of the clause at the time, but it would come back to haunt him -- Family Productions received royalties from every album Joel sold until the late '80s. But Joel knows just this little more than they do: he's no better. The quite chirps of the crickets ease into the rhythmic sounds of the helicopter propellers being whipped around. This inclination can especially be realized in college when minor underclassmen socialize with upperclassmen who can furnish minors with the illegal substance. But he remembers the sweetness of love, as well as the sadness. .