Kip over at A
Stick Stitch in Haste was holding forth about hearing a truncated version of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" on the radio recently, with several verses and a few important characters missing.
So I'm listening to the radio this morning, and they play Billy Joel's most famous song*, Piano Man. I listen with only one ear as the lyrics progress through the well-known cast of characters:
And he's quick with a joke
or to light up your smoke
But there's someplace that he'd rather be.
And the waitress is practicing politics…
Huh, what? Did the vinyl** skip or something?
Where does John-at-the-Bar want to be?
What happened to Davey, who's still in the Navy?
What happened to Paul the closeted homosexual?***
Then he listed the five longest songs in his iTunes library (not counting live performances). It seems like a potentially interesting music meme, considering how often people probably add to their music collections. So I thought I'd give it a spin. Here's what I got.
- Béla Bartok – String Quartet No. 3 from the album "White Man Sleeps" by Kronos Quartet (15:30)
- Quiet Nights from the album "I Thought About You" by Shirley Horn (11:56)
- Billie's Blues (I Love My Man) from the album "The Comple Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959 (Disc 2)" by Billie Holiday (11:39)
- Song For Shelter from the album "Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars" by Fatboy Slim (11:26)
- After The War (Steve Reich from the album "Different Trains" by Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny (10:31)
Hmm. Kip eliminated live performances. I eliminated dance mixes (for obvious reasons), but I may need to eliminate jazz and classical pieces if this is gonna work.
Oh, an as for "Paul the closeted homosexual"? Well.
Now paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
"Never had time for a wife?"