Piano Man lyrics by Billy Joel


Song Title * Piano Man
Performed By * Billy Joel
Composer(s) * Billy Joel
Publisher * . Unauthorised copying is illegal
Programmer * Damian Smith (D.M.S. Productions) Distributed Under License
(C) 1996 (revision 2017) Hit Trax


* 30-bar intro

Verse 1 It's 9 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.

He said, "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 de de da.
La la de de da da da.

* 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 feeling alright.

* 14-bar break

* Verse 2 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 some place that he'd rather be.

He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me,"
As the smile ran away from his face.
"But I'm sure that I could be a movie star
If I could get out of this place."

Oh, la la la de de da.
La la de de da da da.

Now Paul is a real-estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife,
And he's talking with Davey 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 loneliness,
But it's better than drinking alone.

* 16-bar piano solo

* (Repeat chorus)

* Verse 3 It's a pretty good crowd on 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, 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 doing here?"

Oh, la la la de de da.
La la de de da da da.

* (Repeat chorus)

Time * 5:32
Length * 331 bars
Tempo * 180 bpm
Key * C major

Ch 1 * Piano 1
Ch 2 * Fingered Bass
Ch 3 * Steel String Guitar
Ch 4 * Melody Guide (Tenor Saxophone)
Ch 5 * Mandolin
Ch 6 * Harmonica
Ch 7 * French Accordion
Ch 10 * Drums