MIAMI 2017 (SEEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT ON BROADWAY) (12 GARDENS LIVE) LYRICS
by BILLY JOEL
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Seen the lights go out on Broadway, I saw the Empire State laid low.
And life went on beyond the Palisades,
They all bought 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…Oh oh oh oh ohhh ohhh
I've seen the lights go out on Broadway, I saw the ruins at my feet,
U know we almost didn't notice it, we'd see it all the time on 42nd 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...Oh oh oh oh oh oh ohhh ohhh
I've seen the lights go down on Broadway
Ohhh 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 & picked the Yankees up for free.
They said that Queens could stay, they blew the Bronx away
And sank Manhattan out at sea, yeah hey hey, oh oh oh oh oh oh ohhhh
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
(Thank you. This is called “The Great Wall of China”.)
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