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2007年12月6日 星期四

Scenes From An Italian Restaurant ~ Billy Joel

長達七分半鐘的Scenes from an Italian Restaurant出自1977年"The Stranger "大碟,是我認為最出色的Billy Joel作品;他首先只用鋼琴帶出歌中的故事,然後以sax趁托起懷緬往事的氣氛,再用blue rock道出一對戀人的情事,三部分結合得非常流暢,顯現了Billy Joel寫曲的才華,這張77年的作品極具珍藏價值,亦是他個人事業的高峰,令人愛不釋手。


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Scenes from an Italian Restaurant



A bottle of white, a bottle of red
Perhaps a bottle of rose instead
Well get a table near the street
In our old familiar place
You and I face to face

A bottle of red, a bottle of white
It all depends on your appetite
I'll meet you any time you want In our italian restaurant.

Things are okay with me these days
Got a good job, got a good office
Got a new wife, got a new life
And the familys fine
We lost touch long ago
You lost weight I did not know
You could ever look so good after so much time.

I remember those days hanging out at the village green
Engineer boots, leather jackets and tight blue jeans
Drop a dime in the box play the song about new orleans
Cold beer, hot lights My sweet romantic teenage nights

Brenda and eddie were the popular steadies
And the king and the queen of the prom
Riding around with the car top down and the radio on
Nobody looked any finer Or was more of a hit at the parkway diner
We never knew we could want more than that out of life
Surely brenda and eddie would always know how to survive.

Brenda and eddie were still going steady in the summer of 75
When they decided the marriage would be at the end of july
Everyone said they were crazy
Brenda you know youre much too lazy
Eddie could never afford to live that kind of life.
But there we were wavin brenda and eddie goodbye.

They got an apartment with deep pile carpet
And a couple of paintings from sears
A big waterbed that they bought with the bread
They had saved for a couple of years
They started to fight when the money got tight
And they just didnt count on the tears.

They lived for a while in a very nice style
But its always the same in the end
They got a divorce as a matter of course
And they parted the closest of friends
Then the king and the queen went back to the green
But you can never go back there again.

Brenda and eddie had it already by the summer of 75
From the high to the low to the end of the show For the rest of their lives
They couldnt go back to the greasers
The best they could do was pick up the pieces
We always knew they would both find a way to get by
Thats all I heard about brenda and eddie
Cant tell you more than I told you already
And here we are wavin brenda and eddie goodbye.

A bottle of red, a bottle of white
Whatever kind of mood youre in tonight
Ill meet you anytime you want
In our italian restaurant.


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這首又是年少時忽略的好歌,現在聽起來,味道十足!


piano man



Its nine oclock on a saturday


The regular crowd shuffles in


Theres an old man sitting next to me


Makin love to his tonic and gin


He says, son, can you play me a memory?


Im not really sure how it goes


But its sad and its sweet and I knew it complete


When I wore a younger mans clothes


La la la, de de daLa la,


Sing us a song, youre the piano man


Sing us a song tonight


Well, were all in the mood for a melody


And youve got us feelin alright


Now john at the bar is a friend of mine


He gets me my drinks for free


And hes quick with a joke or to light up your smoke


But theres someplace that hed rather be


He says, bill, I believe this is killing me.


As the smile ran away from his face


Well Im sure that I could be a movie star


If I could get out of this place


Oh, la la la, de de daLa la, de de da da da


Now paul is a real estate novelist


Who never had time for a wife


And hes talkin with davy whos still in the navy


And probably will be for life


And the waitress is practicing politics


As the businessmen slowly get stoned


Yes, theyre sharing a drink they call loneliness


But its better than drinkin alone


(Chorus)


Its a pretty good crowd for a saturday


And the manager gives me a smile


cause he knows that its me theyve 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, de de daLa la,


(Chorus)



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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 is not 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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New York State Of Mind Live at BBC14th March 1978
(piano vs sax)
Billy Joel確有才華,抵你咁寸



Some folks to get away

Take a holiday from the neighborhood

Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood

But I'm talking Greyhound

On the Hudson River Line

I'm in a New York state of Mind
I've seen all the movie stars

In their fancy cars and their limousines

Been high in the Rockies under the evergreens

But I know what I'm needin'

And I don't waste more time

I'm in a New York state of Mind
It was so easy living day by day

Out of touch with the rhythm and blues

But now I need a little give and take

The New York Times the Daily News
It comes down to reality

And it's fine with me cause I've let it slide

I don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside

I don't have any reasonsI've left them all behind

I'm in a New York state of Mind
It comes down to reality

And it's fine with me cause I've let it slide

I don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside

I don't have any reasons

I've left them all behind

I'm in a New York state of Mind

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