MIAMI 2017 (SEEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT ON BROADWAY) (LIVE 1977) LYRICS
by BILLY JOEL
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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, they 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
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…Oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh
I’ve 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
Oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh…Oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh…
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 R 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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