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Billy Joel

Miami 2017



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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the#

#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.#



Date: Sun, 3 May 1998 01:06:32 EDT

From: N0w1mHere

Subject: j/billy_joel/


Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)

(c) 1976 by Billy Joel

Off the album "Turnstiles"

Transcribed by Neil Fein


This is how I play this on guitar. If anyone has a better way to

play this, please let me know! , because this one's a

pain to play. (Sounds nice when you do it right, though...)


Intro (also the fadeout)


Let bass notes ring. The first note's a harmonic because you'll

have to slide up a bit. Practice it slow; this has to be perfect

to sound good. To perform it I have to rehearse it for several days

before the gig or I get rusty.


I use a clean sound with a touch of chorus, just a hint.


Legal, this is what I, Neil Fein, heard on the record.


----------10-14-15-14-------17- ----12---12-10---12-

-------10-------------15------- --------------------

--[12]-------------------14---- --9----9-------9----

------------------------------- -10-----------------

------------------------------- --------------------

------------------------------- --------------------



----12-------12-------12- -12-------12-------12----

-------15-------15------- ----15-------15-------15-

----------12-------12---- -------12-------12-------

------------------------- -------------------------

-14---------------------- -13----------------------

------------------------- -------------------------


This part is more or less the same, but an octave down:


-------2-3-2-----5- ---0-----0-----0-

-----3-------3----- -----3-----3-----

---2-----------2--- -------0-----0---

-0----------------- -----------------

------------------- -3---------------

------------------- -----------------


-----0-----0----- -0---------------

-3-----3-----3--- ---3-1-0---------

---0-----0-----0- ---------2-0-----

----------------- -------------4-2-

-2--------------- -1---------------

----------------- -----------------


D G/D D G/D D A/C#

Seen the lights go out on Broadway

Bm G A Asus A G

I saw the Empire State laid low

D/F# G Gsus G

And life went on beyond the Palisades

A Asus A

They all bought Cadillacs


And left there long ago


D G/D D G/D D A/C#

They held a concert out in Brooklyn

Bm G A Asus A G

To watch the island bridges blow

D/F# G

They turned our power down


And drove us underground

A/C# G/B

But we went right on with the show






(Repeat with same chords)


I seen the lights go out on Broadway

I saw the ruins at my feet

You know we almost didn^Òt notice it

We seen 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 seen 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 at sea




You know those lights were bright on Broadway

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


("alive" is on a G/D chord, I play it X55433)


(End with same as intro fingerstyle)


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