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SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT

 

Words & Music by Billy Joel

 

Album: The Stranger (1977)

 

INTRO: F Bb C Bb

 

 

F Bb

A bottle of white, a bottle of red

C Bb F

Perhaps a bottle of rose instead

C C/Bb Am

Get a table near the street

Am/Bb C

In our old familiar place

Bb C Bb

You and I, face to face, um umm

F Bb

A bottle of red, a bottle of white

C Bb F

It all depends on your appetite

G G/A G/B C

I'll meet you anytime you want

C/D C/E F Bb

In our Italian Restaurant

 

 

SAX SOLO: C F Bb C F Bb

Eb G# Eb G# D

 

G

Things are okay with me these days

G

Got a good job, got a good office

C Am7

Got a new wife, got a new life

D D D

And the family's fine

G

Oh, we lost touch long ago

G

You lost weight I did not know

C Am7 D

You could ever look so nice after so much time

 

Eb Bb F

Do you remember those days hanging out at the village green

Eb Bb F

Engineer boots, leather jackets and tight blue jeans

Eb Bb F

Woah you drop a dime in the box play the song about New Orleans

Eb Bb

Cold beer, hot lights

C D G

My sweet romantic teenage nights

 

 

RAGTIME BIT: G C Am D

G C Am D

 

 

PIANO SOLO: G G

G G/F G/E D

G G/F G/E D

 

 

G G/F G/E D

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

G G/F G/E D

Oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

 

 

G

Brenda and Eddie were the popular steadies

D D C

And the king and the queen of the prom

G G/B C

Riding around with the car top down and the radio on

G D D C

Nobody looked any finer

G C

Or was more of a hit at the Parkway Diner

G F E

We never knew we could want more than that out of life

Am Am/B C D G

Surely Brenda and Eddie would always know how to survive

 

 

G/F G/E D

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

G G/F G/E D

Oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

 

 

G D D C

Brenda and Eddy were still going steady in the summer of seventy five

G G/B C

When they decided the marriage would be at the end of July

G D D C

Everyone said they were crazy

G C

Brenda you know that you're much too lazy

G F E

Eddie could never afford to live that kind of life

Am Am/B C D G

Oh, but there we were waving Brenda and Eddie goodbye

 

 

G/F G/E D

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh

 

 

C

Well, they got an apartment with deep pile carpet

D G

And a couple of paintings from Sears

C

A big waterbed that they bought with the bread

D G

They had saved for a couple of years

C

They started to fight when the money got tight

D Em Am

And they just didn't count on the tears, woh oh, woh oh...yeah rock n roll

 

 

SAX SOLO: G D

G G/B C

G D D C

G C

G F E

Am Am/B C D

 

 

G G/F G/E D

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh

 

 

C

Well, they lived for a while in a very nice style

D G

But it's always the same in the end

C

They got a divorce as a matter of course

D G

And they parted the closest of friends

C

Then the king and the queen went back to the green

D Em Am D

But you can never go back there again, oh oh, oh oh

 

 

G D D C

Brenda and Eddie had had it already by the summer of seventy five

G G/B

From the high to the low to the end of the show

C

For the rest of their lives

G D D C

They couldn't go back to the greasers

G C

The best they could do was pick up their pieces

G F E

We always knew they would both find a way to get by

Am Am/B C D

That's all I heard about Brenda and Eddie

Am Am/B C D

Can't tell you more cause I told you already

Am Am/B C D G

And here we are waving Brenda and Eddie goodbye

 

 

G/F G/E D

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

G G/F G/E D

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

G G/F G/E D

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh

 

 

RUN DOWN: (NOTES) F E D C B A

C Bb A G F E

 

 

F Bb C Bb F

Yeah yeah yeah

C C/Bb Am Am/Bb C Bb C Bb

 

 

F Bb

A bottle of red, oooh a bottle of white

C Bb F

Whatever kind of mood you're in tonight

G G/A G/B C

I'll meet you anytime you want

C/D C/E F Bb

In our Italian Restaurant

 

SAX OUTRO: C F Bb C F Bb

Dm Em F G C

 

Notes:

? Run Down: There are no chords to fit over this part, the whole band plays the run down:

E-----------------|

B----------------|

G-----------------|

D-320-------------|

A----320-310------|

E-----------310---|

 

 

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