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Billy Joel

William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, according to the RIA… more »

Well I'm on the Downeaster "Alexa"
And I'm cruising through Block Island Sound 
I have charted a course to the Vineyard 
But tonight I am Nantucket bound

We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
And left this morning from the bell in Gardiner's Bay
Like all the locals here I've had to sell my home
Too proud to leave I worked my fingers to the bone

So I could own my Downeaster "Alexa"
And I go where the ocean is deep
 There are giants out there in the canyons 
And a good captain can't fall asleep 

I've got bills to pay and children who need clothes 
I know there's fish out there but where God only knows 
They say these waters aren't what they used to be
But I've got people back on land who count on me

So if you see my Downeaster "Alexa"
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trawling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel 

Now I drive my Downeaster "Alexa"
More and more miles from shore every year
 Since they tell me I can't sell no stripers 
And there's no luck in swordfishing here.

I was a bayman like my father was before 
Can't make a living as a bayman anymore
 There ain't much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain't no island left for islanders like me

Written by: BILLY JOEL

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