The Old Man:
There's an old man sitting next to me
Making love to his tonic and gin
John The Bartender:
He says, 'Bill, I believe this is killing me'
As a smile ran away from his face
'Well, I'm sure that I could be a movie star
If I could get out of this place'
Yes they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it's better than drinking alone
The Piano Player:
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
And say 'Man what are you doing here?'
That last one always kills me.
Apparently Billy Joel wrote the song after his first album did not sell well and he was playing at a local bar under the name "Billy Martin". I wonder if he ever realized that a song about him bottoming out would become a fun bar tune. I wonder if he cares.