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Billy Joel

Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)



I've seen the lights go out on Broadway

I saw the Empire State laid low.

And life went on beyond the Palisades,

They all bought bright Cadillacs

And left there long ago.


We held a concert out in Brooklyn

To watch the Island bridges blow.

They turned our power down,

And drove us underground

But we went right on with the show


I've seen the lights go out on Broadway

I saw the ruins at my feet,

You know we almost didn't notice it

We'd see it all the time on Forty-Second Street.


They burned the churches up in Harlem

Like in that Spanish Civil War

The flames were everywhere,

But no one really cared-

It always burned up there before


I saw the lights go out on Broadway

I watched the mighty skyline fall.

The boats were waiting at the Battery,

The union went on strike

They never sailed at all.


They sent a carrier out from Norfolk

And picked the Yankees up for free.

They said that Queens could stay,

They blew the Bronx away

And sank Manhattan out to sea


You know those lights were bright on Broadway

But that was so many years ago

Before we all lived here in Florida

Before the Mafia took over Mexico.

There are not many who remember

They say a handful still survive

To tell the world about

The way the lights went out,

And keep the memory alive




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