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Old 05-28-2003, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Billy Joel Song?

My personal favorite would probably have to be Scenes From An Italian Restaurant or even Captain Jack. What are some or yours? Just wondering. (Putting together a best of cd for the car) Thanks for any input
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Old 05-28-2003, 01:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Only the good die young.
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Old 05-28-2003, 03:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
Huggles, sir?
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perfect little dream the kind that hurts the most, forgot how it feels well almost
no one to blame always the same, open my eyes wake up in flames
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Old 05-28-2003, 06:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
pinche vato
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She's Got a Way
Living is easy with eyes closed.
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Old 05-28-2003, 07:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Piano Man
...So I punched her in the cunt
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Old 05-28-2003, 08:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
*sooooooo typical, i know*

We Didn't Start the Fire

i'm still blown away by the performance on the 1989 grammys!
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Old 05-28-2003, 09:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Billy has some good ones but my favorite is

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." – C. S. Lewis

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Old 05-29-2003, 07:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 05-29-2003, 09:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
goodnight saigon, new york state of mind, downeaster alexa, scenes, CPT Jack, these are the times, movn out, say goodbye to Hollywood, Allentown, etc., I know, cuz I made a CD of his best to replace the one I scratched!
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Old 05-29-2003, 11:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
Intently Rocking
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Angry Young Man

Just try and sing along without hyperventilating. Plus, I love the bridge:

I believe I've passed the age
Of consciousnous and rightious rage
I've found that just surviving is a noble fight

I once believed in causes too
I had my pointless point of view
And life went on no matter who was wrong or right
Howard Moon: The wind is my only friend.
Wind: [whistling] I hate you.
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Old 05-29-2003, 11:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
Location: central USA
trite i know... but for me, it's
She's Always a Woman
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Old 05-29-2003, 04:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
Location: Chicagoland
The Stranger

Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and
Show ourselves
When everyone has gone
Some are satin some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They're the faces of the stranger
But we love to try them on

Well we all fall in love
But we disregard the danger
Though we share so many secrets
There are some we never tell
Why were you so surprised
That you never saw the stranger
Did you ever let your lover see
The stranger in yourself?

Don't be afraid to try again
Everyone goes south
Every now and then
You've done it, why can't
Someone else?
You should know by now
You've been there yourself

Once I used to believe
I was such a great romancer
Then I came home to a woman
That I could not recognize
When I pressed her for a reason
She refused to even answer
It was then I felt the stranger
Kick me right between the eyes

Well we all fall in love
But we disregard the danger
Though we share so many secrets
There are some we never tell
Why were you so surprised
That you never saw the stranger
Did you ever let your lover see
The stranger in yourself?

Don't be afraid to try again
Everyone goes south
Every now and then
You've done it why can't
Someone else?
You should know by now
You've been there yourself

You may never understand
How the stranger is inspired
But he isn't always evil
And he isn't always wrong
Though you drown in good intentions
You will never quench the fire
You'll give in to your desire
When the stranger comes along.
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Old 05-29-2003, 05:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 05-30-2003, 03:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
i agree with Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, and NOT just because i am italian and i like italian restaurants. mmmm, nice italian bread. nice pasketti with pasta sauce. although there IS all that.
Aw' little girl, there ain't no time
To wash yer stinky hand
Go 'head 'n' roll over
I'm goin' in you again
In you again
In you again
In you again...

--Frank appa
I Have Been In Yo
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Old 05-30-2003, 09:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Piano Man

i guess it's pretty common, but i play piano and i love the story he tells, plus i think it's a wonderful melody.

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Old 05-30-2003, 09:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Piano Man
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
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Old 06-01-2003, 07:25 AM   #17 (permalink)
see the links to my music?
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Old 06-01-2003, 08:09 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Piano Man
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Old 06-01-2003, 09:01 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Close to the Borderline...best song ever.
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
You May be Right
Moving Out
Only the Good die Young
You've been a naughty boy....go to my room!
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Old 06-01-2003, 09:20 AM   #20 (permalink)
another passenger
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Never try to teach a pig to whistle
it wastes your time,
and annoys the pig.....
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Old 06-01-2003, 07:19 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Gotta go with the Piano Man...just that good...
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Old 06-01-2003, 08:05 PM   #22 (permalink)
It's a really hard race between Piano Man and Pressure. Either one would win depending on when you asked.
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Old 06-02-2003, 06:09 AM   #23 (permalink)
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He does have many, many songs that I enjoy but if I had to narrow it down to one -- Piano Man. I know its mainstream but it reminds me of my good 'ol days in High School.
I've yet to dephile myself...
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Old 06-05-2003, 02:23 AM   #24 (permalink)
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And So It Goes. hands down, my favorite song of all time. totally beautiful
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Old 06-05-2003, 04:41 PM   #25 (permalink)
pressure is so sweet....

... damn it, now I have to rip that album
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Old 06-08-2003, 06:06 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Good God...so many!

If I had to pick just one to be my favorite, I'd have to say Goodnight Saigon. One of his most emotionally intense, and I don't know of any other Billy Joel song that can make me get lost the way that one does.

Other particular favorites of mine are Pressure, Stranger, And So It Goes, and We Didn't Start the Fire. There are a few others that I really like a lot as well but I can't think of them off the top of my head at the moment.
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Old 06-09-2003, 09:43 AM   #27 (permalink)
theres a bootleg of some concert he was playing where he starts yelling "STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE"... but i can't remember what song it was during, anyone know?
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Old 07-01-2003, 01:59 AM   #28 (permalink)
goodnight siagon, the live version of kohuept
angry young man

the list goes on
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Old 07-01-2003, 03:09 AM   #29 (permalink)
Toughie - my nod goes to "Captain Jack", but I have to mention that nasty acid rock song he did on his first demo called "Wonder Woman" with sweet cry baby organs.
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Old 07-01-2003, 04:06 AM   #30 (permalink)
captain jack will get you by tonight
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Old 07-15-2003, 05:24 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Anything from Nylon Curtain, Songs from the Attic or 52nd Street
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Old 07-15-2003, 05:21 PM   #32 (permalink)
piano man
though reading all these has brought back so many memories..but piano man rules.
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Old 07-16-2003, 01:55 AM   #33 (permalink)
Location: Seattle
scenes from an italian resturaunt, of course
piano man
all for leyna
captain jack
miami 2017

oh man.
there's so many good ones.
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Old 07-16-2003, 08:08 AM   #34 (permalink)
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So.. So many. My favorite I guess would be "Ballad of Billy the Kid"
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
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Old 07-16-2003, 12:55 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Only the good die young.
gets my vote too. the stranger is one badassed album.
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Old 07-16-2003, 03:19 PM   #36 (permalink)
Location: Pasadena, CA
first place is a tie between You May Be Right and Only the Good Die Young
...but there's a big tie at second place...

Goodnight Saigon
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
Captain Jack
Moving Out
Angry Young Man
The Stranger

I love Pressure a lot, but it's a second-tier for me. I realize half of what made it so cool was the video, which was one of the first GREAT videos I ever saw on MTV.

Baby Grand gets a very honorable mention as well...

There's a song on one of his late-80's albums that i really loved... sounded like he was going out of his way to write a Paul McCartney song... but I can't recall the name at the moment.
"take me down, little *Susie*, take me down
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Old 07-18-2003, 09:50 AM   #37 (permalink)
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<b>Only The Good Die Young</b>

Personal theme song during my highschool years.
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Old 07-18-2003, 10:43 AM   #38 (permalink)
Location: Massachusetts
Goodnight Saigon, definately.
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Old 07-18-2003, 12:05 PM   #39 (permalink)
piano man

is top ten of all time
winning isn't everything but
losing isn't anything
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Old 07-19-2003, 01:38 AM   #40 (permalink)
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can't beat piano man
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