Not crazy about the chords or the tune but the lyrics choke me up. 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. The first time I heard this song, I got the lump in the throat. Also, these parts are usually pretty random since they just add variety and while they sound cool, they usually don't contain many patterns from song to song because Billy tries to come up with a fairly unique and characteristic piano part for each song, and only come prominently out of the mix when filling in, making them a real bitch to transcribe. 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. And Davy, the guy who never had the ambition to get out of the Navy when he still could, because he thought life was just fine having beers with his Navy mates and god knows what else they do, he now realizes that it's too late and that he's stuck to the Navy. 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.
He looks happy and looks like he is enjoying his life, they cannot understand how someone as succesful as him want to spend time in a depressing bar. In addition, it is better to drink with a stranger than drinking alone. Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music. But then, I probably was not there at the same time as him. They often achieve thrill by experimenting with alcohol.
He's got nowhere to go, he's got nothing to return to. Giving names to two fallen soldiers shows a personal connection or relationship, an investment in the topic and a reason for interest in the Vietnam War. This leads into the sound of , which conjures up images of helicopters carrying their loads of Marines into battle in the Vietnam War or picking up wounded Marines. For two years, he played sessions and performed with the Lost Souls. The last two stanzas serve to enhance the idea that being in the war was grueling. Joel and the band's drummer, Jon Small, formed an organ-and-drums duo called Attila.
You got a great ear and you should keep writing songs. As if we seemed to know what is it like to be a veteran, 'been there'. You can look up this information, it is true. He had this metal contraption going from his elbow to his wrist and it had screws going into the bone holding his shit together. Some of these friends came back, a lot didn't.
I think there's gunfire somewhere in the middle of the song as well. He performed at the 1999 New Year's Eve Party in Times Square, and 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert, a live album of this concert, was released early the following year. 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. Columbia Records did release a live album, , in 1987 featuring most of the songs from Billy's concerts in Leningrad and Moscow. There was a limited photographic or video accounts in the news of what was happening overseas. Re: the line about Davy, I always interpreted that to mean he was singing about a Navy veteran who was constantly talking about his years in the service.
You may think I am making it up, but I remember at the age of four being very angry when I saw footage of the returning veterans being insulted in airports. When I wore a younger mans clothes. Falling of the Rain and Rosalinda a lullaby written for his mother are in a very very heavily arpeggiated and fast classical style that belies his 12 years of lessons and is reminiscent of an even faster Elton John. The last style is Billy's rhythm style in which he acts like a jazz pianist in a rhythm section and provides the color in an arrangement with octaves and various harmonic chordal tricks hammer-ons, fills, ect. It didn't matter in the thick of the fight. Or was it a church congregation? This song is about loneliness.
But he makes the best out if it with small talks and jokes, who, are of course, often made when somebody's lighting your smoke. The every time I hear this song I get choked up. By the end of 1974, he had released his second album, Streetlife Serenade, which reached number 35 early in 1975. I know I've gone to a gig with a cold or flu and once you start playing it just goes away, but this was above and beyond. Toward the end of the year, he began touring, playing various nightclubs across the country.
Then later, when he does it once in a while in a show, the place just comes apart. Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon We met as soul mates On Parris Island We left as inmates From an asylum And we were sharp As sharp as knives And we were so gung ho To lay down our lives We came in spastic Like tameless horses We left in plastic As numbered corpses And we learned fast To travel light Our arms were heavy But our bellies were tight We had no home front We had no soft soap They sent us Playboy They gave us Bob Hope We dug in deep And shot on sight And prayed to Jesus Christ With all our might 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 Remember Charlie Remember Baker They left their childhood On every acre And who was wrong? He wrote the song as a tribute to many of his friends that served in the war. 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? It's obvious, and I speak from experience, for I am a waitress, that you need to have a lot of patience, tact and power to stay friendly, polite, smiling and pretending dumb, as if your only goal in life is to make your customer happy and not lose your temper if one of them starts yelling at you: ye'there dahlin' bring me 'nother one-a those will-ye? On many rockers such as the main section of the Stranger, Only the Good Die Young, and Get It Right the First Time, the piano is not only played down, but nearly inaudible. Gordie Bailey became one of the 5,000 deaths that result every year from underage drinking related accidents Underage Drinking, 2006. Setting the words to music rather than having them stand on their own as an essay or poem enhances the argument. Joel's next album would prove to be the make-or-break point for his career, and the resulting album, The Stranger, catapulted him into superstardom.