Piano Man

Piano ManPlay Piano Man on our online piano.

It is a retelling of Joel’s nights as a bar singer. Joel says that all the characters in the song were based on real people.

Joel had moved from New York to L.A. to record his first album, Cold Spring Harbor, which was ruined by a recording error by the producers.

Joel then wanted to leave his contract to go to  Columbia Records, but original contract made this very difficult. Joel said he was “hiding out” at the bar, performing as  “Bill Martin,” while lawyers tried to get him out of his first record deal.

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

He says, “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, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

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 feelin’ alright

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 someplace that 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 la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he’s talkin’ with 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 loneliness
But it’s better than drinkin’ alone

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

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 comin’ to see
To forget about life for a while
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 doin’ here?”

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

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

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PIANO MAN

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The song above, Piano Man, has been shortened to fit on mobile device screens. Our books number the right hand keys up to #17 in some cases, (depending on the book) and also have stickers for the left hand, (depending on the book) which, due to the limitations of space are not included in the above animation. Our books contain complete, unedited, unabridged songs.

Using your computer’s mouse, or your finger with a touch-screen device, you can easily get the idea of Piano by Number. Just click on the white key with the number that corresponds to the numbers of the song above, Piano Man.

Children readily embrace Piano by Number because it yields immediate results. A child’s piano lesson should be fun, rather than filled with drudgery, and Piano By Number helps make that possible.

Also note that the asterix (*) is used to denote space or silence in the music, but as a beginner, you may ignore the asterix.


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