Monday Music Quote: Billy Joel


 “Don't go trying some new fashion
Don't change the color of your hair. . . .
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are.”
 “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.”
“In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along.”
 “Slow down you're doing fine
You can't be everything you want to be
Before your time.”
“I would not leave you in your times of trouble. We never could have come this far. I took the good times, I'll take the bad times, I'll take you just the way you are.”

He is known as the "Piano Man", and not only because that happens to be the name of one of his many legendary songs. When it comes to musicians and songwriters in the world of pop and rock, it's hard to find anyone who has done more with the piano than Billy Joel. One of the main traits of his playing and songwriting is its diversity, running from old fashioned rock and roll and pop, to ballads more influenced by traditional forms. With his songs covering all of the bases of pop piano, you can really get a crash course in a number of different styles and genres, just by exploring his work! As varied as his songs are, though, the more you play and listen to them the more clearly you'll be able to see a certain signature Billy Joel style that comes through in every song.

Intro
G   C\G   D*   C Cmaj D(X2)


     G   D          Em          C
It's 4 o'clock on a Saturday
                           D 
The regular crowd shuffles in
           G      D        Em        
There's an old man sitting next to me
       C           D         G   C\G   D*   
Making love to his tonic and gin


C Cmaj7 D G            D         Em
He says, "Son, can you play me a memory?
C                          D
I'm not really sure how it goes,
         G            D           Em
But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete
C             D             G
When I wore a younger man's clothes"
    Em             A7
Oh, la da da ditty da, 
Em7         D      D D7 G\D D
La da ditty da da dum

Chorus:
G         D                Em
Sing us a song, you're the piano man
C                D
Sing us a song tonight
             G          D          Em
'Cause we're all in the mood for a melody
    C             D           G   C\G   D*   C Cmaj7 D 
And you've got us feeling all right
G   C\G   D*   C Cmaj7 D

2.Now Tom at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he's quick with a joke or a light up your smoke,
But there's some place that's 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 da da ditty da
La da ditty da da dum

(Chorus)

3.Now Paul is a real estate novelist
Who Never had time for a wife
And he's talking to 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 Lonliness,
But it's better than drinking alone
(Piano Solo)Em  Em7  A7  C  Em  Em7  A7  A7  D  D7  G\D  D

(Chorus)

4.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, whatta you doin' here?"
Oh, la da da ditty da
La da ditty da da dum

(Chorus play last few chords slowly)
Billy Joel Tabs
 Piano Man Chords

G11    C     Em/B       Am       C/G     F       C/E            D7
   Its nine o'clock on a Saturday   The   regular crowd shuffles in
 
G            C       Em/B       Am         C/G      F           G11       C
   There's an old man    sitting next to me   making love to his tonic and gin
 
C F/C CMaJ7 G11         C           Em/B      Am     C/G     F          C/E         
D7
                He says son can you play me a memory   I'm    not really sure
how it goes
 
        C           Em/B        Am      C/G           F        G11          C
But its sad and its sweet and I knew it complete when I wore a younger mans
clothes
 
Chorus;
 
Am       AmG       D7/F#      F  Am      Am/G          D7/F#     D7   G   G/F
Da da da     de de Da               dada          dede da          da da
 
 
C/E  G7/D   C         Em/B          Am        C/G      F         C/E       D7
            Sing us a song your the piano man          Sing us a song     
tonight
 
G           C          Em/B       Am     C/G         F            G11         C
  Well were all in the mood for a melody         and you've got us feeling all
right
F/C  Cmaj7     {1,2,3,4 G11}
Lyrics and Chords

Artist Billy Joel

It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There's an old man sitting next to me
Making love to his tonic and gin

/ C Em Am C / F C D7 G / 1st / F G C - /

He says, "Son can you play me a memory
I'm not really sure how it goes
But it's sad and it sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man's clothes"

{Bridge}
La la-la di-di da
La-la di-di da, da dum

/ Am - D7 F / Am - D7 - G - - - /
Gunther Anderson

Piano Man

Billy Joel

(wu) = bass walk-up from G to C
(wd) = bass walk-down from C to Am

/ C - - / Em/B - - / Am - - / C/G - - /
/ F - - / C/E - - / D7 - - / G (wu) – - /
/ C - - / Em/B - - / Am - - / C/G - - /
/ F - - / G - - / C - - / F - - / Gsus4 - - / F(wd) /
/ C - - / F - - / Gsus4 - - / F(wd) /

C                Em/B     Am        C/G

It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
      F            C/E                D7   G(wu)
The regular crowd shuffles in
                C        Em/B      Am         C/G
There's an old man sitting next to me
           F              G            C (x2)
Makin' love to his tonic and gin

/ C - - / Em/B - - / Am - - / C/G - - /
/ F - - / G - - / C - - / - - - / F/C - - / - - - /

                C                   Em/B       Am      C/G
He says, "Son, can you play me a memory
      F             C/E            D7   G(wu)
I'm not really sure how it goes
      C                        Em/B        Am          C/G
But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete
        F              G                     C        C(wd)
When I wore a younger man’s clothes"

Am   Am/G           D7/F#  F
La la la,     de de da

Am   Am/G           D7/F# (x2)       G   G/F  C/E  G7/D

La la,         de de da               da dum

Chorus:
C             Em/B                 Am          C/G
Sing us a song, you're the piano man
F             C/E       D7   G(wu)
Sing us a song tonight
                  C             Em/B      Am          C/G
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
          F                 G         C (x2)
And you've got us feelin' alright

/ C - - / Em/B - - / Am - - / C/G - - /
/ F - - / G - - / C - - / - - - / F/C - - / - - - /

       C                Em/B     Am             C/G
Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
      F               C/E           D7   G(wu)
He gets me my drinks for free
                C              Em/B      Am                 C/G
And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
                   F                   G                C (x2)  F/C (x2)
But there's someplace that he'd rather be
                C          Em/B         Am           C/G
He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me."
             F              C/E            D7   G(wu)
As the smile ran away from his face
                C              Em/B       Am          C/G
"Well I'm sure that I could be a movie star
   F                G                 C        C(wd)
If I could get out of this place"

Am   Am/G           D7/F#  F
La la la,     de de da

Am   Am/G           D7/F# (x2)       G   G/F  C/E  G7/D

La la,         de de da               da dum

         C          Em/B        Am      C/G
Now Paul is a real estate novelist
           F           C/E          D7   G(wu)
Who never had time for a wife
              C               Em/B        Am               C/G
And he's talkin' with Davy, who's still in the navy
           F         G            C (x2)
And probably will be for life

/ C - - / Em/B - - / Am - - / C/G - - /
/ F - - / G - - / C - - / - - - / F/C - - / - - - /

               C               Em/B     Am      C/G
And the waitress is practicing politics
            F                  C/E           D7   G(wu)
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
                      C         Em/B            Am          C/G
Yes, they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
             F               G            C (x2)
But it's better than drinkin' alone


Instrumental:
Am   Am/G           D7/F#  F
Am   Am/G           D7/F#  F

Am   Am/G           D7/F# (x2)       G   G/F  C/E  G7/D

Chorus

/ C - - / Em/B - - / Am - - / C/G - - /
/ F - - / G - - / C - - / F - - / Gsus4 - - / F(wd) /
/ C - - / F - - / Gsus4 - - / F(wd) /

           C                Em/B       Am       C/G
It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
               F           C/E             D7   G(wu)
And the manager gives me a smile
                  C                  Em/B               Am             C/G
'Cause he knows that it's me they've been comin' to see
          F              G            C (x2)   F/C (x2)
To forget about life for a while

               C            Em/B        Am       C/G
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
                F                 C/E           D7   G(wu)
And the microphone smells like a beer
               C            Em/B          Am            C/G
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
                  F                    G             C (x2)
And say, "Man, what are you doin' here?"

Am   Am/G           D7/F#  F
La la la,     de de da

Am   Am/G           D7/F# (x2)       G   G/F  C/E  G7/D

La la,         de de da               da dum

Chorus

/ C - - / Em/B - - / Am - - / C/G - - /
/ F - - / G - - / C - - / F - - / Gsus4 - - / F(wd) /
/ C - - / F - - / Gsus4 - - / F(wd) / C (hold)

Piano Man by Billy Joel

Piano Man

Billy Joel

CGFC
It's nine o'clock on a saturday 
FC/ED7G
the regular crowd shuffles in 
CGFC/G
There's an old man  sitting next to me 
FG11CF/CCmaj7G11
Makin' love to his tonic and gin 
CGFC/G
He says "Son can you play me a memory ?
FC/ED7G
I'm not really sure how it goes 
CGFC/G
But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete
FG11C
when I wore a younger man's clothes"

AmAm/GD7/F#FAm
Da da da de de da 
Am/GD7/F#D7GG/FC/EG7/D
da da  de de da da da
CGFC/G
Sing us a song, you're the piano man, 
FC/ED7G
sing us a song tonight 
CGF
Well we're all in the mood for a melody
C/GFG11CF/CCmaj7G11
and you've got us feeling all right

CGFC
Now John at the bar is a friend of mine, 
FC/ED7G
he gets me my drinks for free 
CGFC/G
And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke,
FG11CF/CCmaj7G11
but there's some place that he'd rather be 
CGFC/G
He says "Bill I believe this is killing me"
FC/ED7G
As a smile ran away from his face 
CGFC/G
"Well I'm sure that I could be a movie star
FG11C
If I could get out of this place"

Chorus

CGFC
Now Paul is a real estate novelist 
FC/ED7G
who never had time for a wife 
CGFC/G
And he's talking with Davy, who's still in the Navy,
FG11CF/CCmaj7G11
and probably will be for life 
CGG
And the waitress is practicing politics,
C/GFC/ED7G
 as the businessmen slowly get stoned 
CGFC/G
Yes they're sharing a drink they call loneliness,
FG11C
but it's better than drinking alone

Chorus

CGFC
It's a pretty good crowd for a saturday 
FC/ED7G
and the manager gives me a smile 
CGFC/G
`Cause he knows that it's me that they've been coming to see
FG11CF/CCmaj7G11
To forget about life for a while 
CGFC/G
And the piano sounds like a carnival
FC/ED7G
and the microphone smells like a beer 
CGFC/G
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
FG11C
and say "Man what are you doing here ?" 

Isn't he great?! Love Billy Joel! :)

-- LadyD Have a heart that never hardens and a touch that never hurts. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
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