Piano Man

Piano Man

Piano Man

Artist(Band):Billy Joel


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 di da da dum

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 all 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 and he'll 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
"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 businessman slowly gets stoned
Yes, they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it's better than drinkin' alone

la di da, di di da da,
la di da, di di dum

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 got us all 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

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 got us all feeling alright

“Piano Man” เป็นเพลงบอกเล่าเรื่องราวความเป็นมา ความรู้สึกของผู้คนมากมายที่อยู่ใน Piano Bar แห่งนี้ จากหลายวิถึชีวิต  หลายความฝัน ความเศร้า ความจริง ที่มาอยู่รวมกัน บ้างนั่งฟังเพลงในบาร์คนเดียวคิดถึงความหลัง  บ้างคุยกัน และมีอารมณ์ร่วมกันในการฟังเพลง เหมือนหยุดเวลาของโลกแห่งความจริงเอาไว้ในชั่วขณะหนึ่ง นึกถึงความฝันของตนที่ล้วนเป็นเส้นขนานกับความจริง ผ่านการบรรเลงเพลงที่โดดเด่นด้วยเสียงเปียโนพลิ้วไหว ที่มีจังหวะชัดเจน กระแทกลึกไปถึงอารมณ์  รวมถึงเสียงฮาร์โมนิก้า ที่ประสานกับเสียงเปียโน เหมือนประโยคในบทเพลง  Well we’re in the Mood for a melody and you got us all feeling alright …..ท้ายสุดก็มีประโยคคำถามถึง “Piano Man” ว่า “Man, What are you doin’ here?”……

บทเพลงนี้เขียนโดย Billy Joel หลังจากเขาได้ย้ายมาอยู่ที่  LA ภายหลังที่อัลบั้มชุดแรกที่ออกมาไม่ประสบความสำเร็จ เขียนขึ้นจากประสบการณ์ที่ผ่านมาเขา โดยบุคคลต่างๆ ที่กล่าวถึงในเพลงล้วนแต่เป็นคนที่เขารู้จัก และมีอยู่จริง รวมถึงพนักงานต้อนรับสาวในเพลงนั้นคือภรรยาคนแรกของเขา Elizabeth    เพลงนี้ประสบความสำเร็จอย่างสูง ไต่ขึ้นมาเป็นอันดับ 27 ใน Billboard Chard Top 40 อันดับที่ 421 ของ The 500 Gretest Songs of All Time และเป็นบทเพลงที่เรียกได้ว่าเป็นเพลงประจำตัวเขาเลยที่เดียวเมื่อพูดถึง Billy Joel ทุกคนก็ต้องนึกถึงเพลงนี้

Billy Joel เกิดเมื่อวันที่ 9 พ.ค. ปี 1949 เป็นชายอเมริกันที่เป็นทั้งนักร้อง นักเปียโน นักแต่งเพลง อับบั้มชุด “Piano Man” เป็นอัลบั้มชุดแรกท่ำให้เขาโด่งดังและเป็น ศิลปินลำดับที่ 6 ของอเมริกาที่มียอดขายดีที่สุด โดยยอดขายของเขาสามารถทำได้ถึง 100 ล้านชุดจากทั่วโลก ได้รับการยอมรับว่าเป็น Songwriter’s Hall of Fame (Class of 1992) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999) และ The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (Class of 2006) เขาได้หยุดการออกอัลบั้มใหม่ในปี 1993 แต่ได้เดินทางออกคอนเสิร์ตไปทั่วโลก ร่วมกับเอลตัน จอห์น ท้ายสุดในปี 2001 ก็ได้ออกอัลบั้มชุด Fantasies & Delusion ซึ่งเป็นผลงานที่รวมงานด้านเปียโนที่เขาได้เขียนขึ้นมา และในปี 2007  ได้มาทำ Single ใหม่ “All my Life” พร้อมทั้งมีการแสดงคอนเสิร์ตไปทั่งโลกในปี 2005-2007 ตามเมืองหลงของประเทศต่างๆ ทั่วโลกBilly Joel สนใจงานเพลงมาตั้งแต่เด็ก โดยงานเพลงคลาสสิคยุโรป เป็นงานที่เขาสนใจในช่วงต้น โดยมารดาของเขาเป็นบุคคลแรกที่ได้สอนเปียโนในกับเขา การเล่นเปียโนในวัยเด็กของเขาทำให้ เพื่อนบ้านของเขาเข้าใจผิดคิดว่าเขาควรเอาดีทางด้านการเต้นรำมากกว่า เป็นนักเปียโน โดยฺ Joel เคยให้สัมภาษณ์อย่างขบขันว่า เพลงเปียโนของเขาสามารถใช้มาเป็นเพลงเพื่อสอนนักบัลเล่ต์ ได้  ต่อมาในช่วงวัยรุ่น Billy Joel สนใจในการชกมวยเพื่อป้องกันตัว และประสบความสำเร็จในกีฬาด้านนี้ โดยได้รับรางวัล Golden Gloves ของนักกีฬาชกมวยสมัครเล่น ท้ายสุดได้เลิกเล่นไปเมื่อเกิดอุบัติเหตุจมูกหัก เมื่อเขาชกในการแข่งขันครั้งที่ 24.

Billy Joel ได้มีผลงานเพลงมามากมายหลายอัลบั้ม เช่น

-         Cold Spring Havour (1971)

-         Piano Man (1973)

-         Streetlife Serenade (1974)

-         Turnstiles (1976)

-         The Stranger (1977) The Stranger netted Joel Grammy nominations, for Album of the Year and Song of the Year, for "Just the Way You Are", which was written as a gift to his wife Elizabeth-         52rd Street (1978) which hosted many of the world's premier jazz venues and performers throughout the 1930s, 40's, and 50's. Fans purchased over seven million copies on the strength of the hits "My Life" (# 3), "Big Shot" (# 14), and "Honesty" (# 24). This helped 52nd Street become Joel's first # 1 album 

-         Glass Houses (1980)  Glass Houses won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male. It would also win the American Music Award for Favorite Album, Pop/Rock category.

-          Songs in the Attic (1981) The Stranger became a smash in 1977, to many of his earlier compositions. The album reached # 8 on the Billboard chart and produced two hit singles: "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" (# 17), and "She's Got a Way" (# 23). It sold in excess of 3 million copies.

-    The Nylon Curtain (1982)   The Nylon Curtain went to #7 on the charts, supported by the popular singles "Allentown", "Goodnight Saigon", and "Pressure." "Allentown" rose to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the most-played radio songs of 1982 and the most successful song from The Nylon Curtain album, besting "Pressure", which peaked at #20 and "Goodnight Saigon" which reached #56.

-         An Innocent Man (1983) An Innocent Man was also nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy, but lost to the inevitable winner that year Michael Jackson's Thriller.

-         Greatest Hits Vol.1 and 2 (1985)\

-         The Bridge (1986) Joel had already scored a Top 10 hit with "Modern Woman" from the 1985 movie, "Ruthless People," (starring Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Helen Slater and Judge Reinhold), when he began work on the album that would become The Bridge in early 1986. Ray Charles duetted with Joel on the ballad "Baby Grand" (which Joel wrote by himself), and Steve Winwood played Hammond organ on the song "Getting Closer." The final song recorded for the album was "Code Of Silence." Cyndi Lauper contributing backing vocals on "Code of Silence" and garnered the only co-writing credit of Joel's entire career for helping him with the lyrics to the song.

-         КОНЦЕРТ (1987)  The album КОНЦЕРТ, Russian for "Concert," was released in the fall of 1987. Singer Peter Hewlitt was brought in to hit the high notes on his most vocally challenging songs, like "An Innocent Man." It has been estimated that Joel lost more than US $1 million of his own money on the trip and concerts, but he has said the goodwill he was shown there was well worth it.

-         Strom Front (1989) The song "We Didn't Start the Fire," the first single from the album Storm Front, was released in September 1989. The song became Joel's third US Number 1 hit. Storm Front was released in October, and it eventually became Joel's first Number 1 album since Glass Houses, 9 years earlier-         River of Dream (1993) Joel started work on River of Dreams in early 1993. Its cover art was a colorful painting by Christie Brinkley that was a series of scenes from each of the songs on the album. The eponymous first single was the last top 10 hit Joel has penned to date, and #1 for a staggering twelve weeks on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart

 -         Fantasies & Delusions (2001) collection of classical piano pieces. All were written by Billy Joel and performed by Richard Joo.

 

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