"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" as written by and Billy Joel....
A bottle of white, a bottle of red
Perhaps a bottle of rose instead
We'll get a table near the street
In our old familiar place
You and I,face to face

A bottle of red, a bottle of white
It all depends upon your appetite
I'll meet you any time you want
In our Italian Restaurant.

Things are okay with me these days
Got a good job, got a good office
Got a new wife, got a new life
And the family's fine
We lost touch long ago
You lost weight I did not know
You could ever look so good after
So much time.

I remember those days hanging out
At the village green
Engineer boots, leather jackets
And tight blue jeans
Drop a dime in the box play the
Song about New Orleans
Cold beer, hot lights
My sweet romantic teenage nights

Brenda and Eddie were the
Popular steadys
And the king and the queen
Of the prom
Riding around with the car top
Down and the radio on.
Nobody looked any finer
Or was more of a hit at the
Parkway Diner
We never knew we could want more
Than that out of life
Surely Brenda and Eddie would
Always know how to survive.

Brenda and Eddy were still going
Steady in the summer of '75
When they decided the marriage would
Be at the end of July
Everyone said they were crazy
"Brenda you know you're much too lazy
Eddie could never afford to live that
Kind of life."
But there we were wavin' Brenda and
Eddie goodbye.

They got an apartment with deep
Pile carpet
And a couple of paintings from Sears
A big waterbed that they bought
With the bread
They had saved for a couple
Of years
They started to fight when the
Money got tight
And they just didn't count on
The tears.

They lived for a while in a
Very nice style
But it's always the same in the end
They got a divorce as a matter
Of course
And they parted the closest
Of friends
Then the king and the queen went
Back to the green
But you can never go back
There again.

Brenda and Eddie had had it
Already by the summer of '75
From the high to the low to
The end of the show
For the rest of their lives
They couldn't go back to
The greasers
The best they could do was
Pick up the pieces
We always knew they would both
Find a way to get by
That's all I heard about
Brenda and Eddie
Can't tell you more than I
Told you already
And here we are wavin' Brenda
And Eddie goodbye.

A bottle of red, a bottle of white
Whatever kind of mood you're in tonight
I'll meet you anytime you want
In our Italian Restaurant.


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"Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentActually...the restaurant is located in Syosset, New York. It's called Christiano's. I've eaten there before, clearly because Billy Joel used to frequent the restaurant. Food is not so good, but they don't charge too much.

    BILLY JOEL IS THE GREATEST ARTIST EVER. ...Long live Brenda and Eddie!
    Heather Surfpicoon June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love how multidimentional this song is. It is most probably a pair of old friends (or old flames) who meet up in this restaurant and discuss the times they shared in high school. However, it could also be three different scenes from the same restaurant happening at the same time. One would be a pair of lovers meeting in their special place. Then the music changes, and two old friends/flames see each other again for the first time in a long time and discuss their current lives. Then the music changes slightly again, and it's a flashback to Brenda and Eddie's experiences. Finally, the music slows again, tying together each of the scenes. I love the levels of this song. Billy Joel really is a master of expression.
    LittleBriddieon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFolks, I've got some bad news. I've conducted a latitudinal study of people who attended the Parkway Diner in the mid-60s and based my interviews and data sets, Brenda and Eddie were anything but a 'hit' at this particular establishment. For the most part, patrons found them excedingly annoying and were elated to learn of their divorce. Furthermore, it turns out than many in Billy's peer group wanted a whole shitload more outta life at that time than to hang-out at a diner all night.
    Matty Dubson February 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta425.v8384d.c8384.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/426/8384/3b858b51/mtvrdstr.download.akamai.com/8512/wmp/2/142/…

    go about 6:25 into the song...reds* whites*

    Maybe it is the way hes saying it...but the 1st two times he says red it dosent sound like reds it sounds like red but the 3rd time it sounds like reds

    I never said Billy Joel was that kind of person but he probably isnt talking about himself...Good song all together...but i really wanna know what the point of Brenda and Eddie are?
    cateyes0oon July 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSTOOLHARDY - you must live in a bubble and be a little naive about the world. What do you think Captain Jack is all about? The whole song is about drugs!!! Billy Joel (no stranger to drugs, and the mean streets of NYC) has plenty of drug references in his songs. Most of them are refered to in 70's or 80's slang, something most people not in the drug-scene or city socialite loop could recognize. It's defintely Bottle of REDS and WHITES, a clear drug reference.
    Gervinon February 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentstoolhardy- if billy joel doesnt sing about drugs, then how do u explain captain jack?
    ss12310on September 07, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningBilly remembers how Brenda and Eddie's relationship fell apart, how they peaked in high school and were now just trying to make ends meet.
    Billy and a friend from high school catch up on each other's lives in their old meeting place.
    There's no hidden meaning for the ongoing 'reds and whites' debate. It's just wine. The whole song is sort of sweet and reminiscent, an account of his high school experience, so I doubt he would mention drugs.
    That's all. Great song. One of his best.
    scorpio641on July 09, 2012   Link
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    General Comment.….”Captain Kutchie” Never Makes Up Stories But If He Did It Would Probably Be About As Good As The One That You Are About To Read Next!…..You Believe That?….

    ….Add “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” To Make This The All-Time Greatest Film Ever Made!….

    …Could. “Clint” Eastwood. Possibly Be Competing With “Captain Kutchie
    Pelaez” For The Position Of “The World’s Most Interesting Man”..
    Perhaps?…But Then Again Perhaps He Is Just Waiting For “Kutchie Pelaez and Frankie Valli” To “Make His Day”!…Ha, Go Figure!….

    ….We Heard A Few Years Back That Megyn Kelly Of Fox News, Really Loved Her Some Of Captain Kutchie’s And Anita Pelaez’s Famous Key Lime Pies! Could That Make Megyn “The Most Interesting Lady In The World?….I Guess “NO” On That One, That One Would Have To Be “The Lovely –Mrs. Anita Pelaez” The Queen Of The Key Lime Pie World!

    ….I sure hope that this will be a great opportunity for everyone to see some of “Don Rickle’s Scenes” from his productions of his classic hits “The Tales From Kutcharitaville”. You Do know that Don Rickles and Johnny Carson together produced those comedy hits about their friend “Mr. Kutchie Pelaez” and their wild and crazy exploits of Kutchie’s Key West and The World of Key Lime Pies from the perspective of (Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Kutchie Pelaez and Steve Martins Eyes!) What a Hoot Those Classic Hits Surely Were. Don’t miss them, be sure to tune-in next month. We Laughed Until We Cried Watching Those Funny Movies. “The Tales From Kutcharitaville”, I Think That They May Still Be Available In A Boxed Set. Maybe Try Amazon. Good Luck.

    You Know, It’s No Wonder That Everyone Calls “Captain Kutchie
    Pelaez”..The Most Interesting Man In The World! Did You Know That
    Kutchie Drinks Those Wonderful Mixed Drinks Named In His Honor Called “Kutcharitas”.?. There A Hell Of A Lot Better Than Any Mexican Beers. And Much Stronger To Boot!

    ….That Sunken Ship In The News These Days,

    ….It’s Been Resting Down On The Bottom Of The Sea Since Way Back In
    1857, “Mel Fisher” Even Overlooked That One!... “Yankee Jack" and "Micheal
    McCloud" Now Have Reason To Write Another Song...(Hint-Hint-Hint) "Jack" Listen-Up Here!

    ….Hell, We Can’t Find A Boeing 777 That’s Been Lost Only A Little Over
    A Few Months Now! Could It Be Because The Jet Had No Silver and Gold Aboard, Just People?….Go Figure……

    ….Good Thing That All The ….(“Anita And Kutchie Pelaez’s Key West Key Lime Pie Shops”)..Are All Showing Increasing Pie Sales Throughout All They’re Areas Of Distribution. Consumers Just Never Seem To Reach They’re Fill Of Those “Yummy Key Lime Pies” That The “Peleaz’s Working Partner Team” Continues To Produce. They Have Been Called “Love At First Bite”. Everyone Agrees, That The Loving Couple Have Been Baking They’re Culinary Delectables Over 40-Years Now!….

    Isn’t She Wonderful?….”AAAHHHH”, The Magic Of The Gorgeous “Mrs. Anita Pelaez” Well She Is Something Else!…She's The Real Thing Baby!....

    ….Who The Hell Does That “Kutchie Pelaez” Think That He Is?….”Frankie Valli” Or Some Big-Shot Like That?

    ….It’s No Wonder That People Are All Calling Him “The Most Interesting Man In The World”,…Big Girls Don’t Cry…Do They?….

    ….Don’t Cha Just Love Em!?….We Sure Do!….It is A Well Known Fact
    That “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” Knows Who Put The Bomp In The Bomp Shoo Bomp Shoo Bomp And The Rama In The Rama Lama Ding Dong!.

    He Even Knows Who Put The Dip In The Dip Da Dip Da Dip!…How Cool Is That?….

    ….a-good-1-4-u-2-n-joy-ok!..

    .”Very Interesting”!….

    ….”Frankie Valli and Kutchie Pelaez”..Did Make-It As Big As “Frank Sanatra”.

    ….”Yeah” A Few Wise Guys They Certainly Were “Frankie Valli, Kutchie Pelaez and Joe Pesci”!….Together “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”!…..

    ….Mafiosi Wanna-Bee’s. The Key Lime Pie “Wild Bunch”. They’ve Got Everyone Shaking In They’re Flip-Flops!…."Even "Jimmy Buffet" Doesn't Know Where It's Safe To Hide-Out"!....Especially Since Everyone Found-Out That "Captain Kutchie" Was The One Who First Came-Up With "The Original Cheese Burgers In Paradise" And Kutchie's Buddy "Levi Stubbs" Of The "Four Tops" Helped Him Name Them Way Back In The Early 70's.

    ….Eli Wallach, Be Careful, Don’t Eat The “Cannoli’s”!…They’re Killer Man!….

    ….They Lived!…They Really Did!…Just Ask “Levi”!….

    ….I’d Give My Left “Nut” To Set Down With “Captain Kutchie Pelaez,
    Frankie Valli, Terry Levi, Joe Pesci, Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe, Paul Shaffer, Bob De Niro, Tommy DeVito, Martin Scorsese And Clint East Wood And Yankee Jack"!
    Rub Elbows And Shoot The Shit With That Whole Crew Of “Good Fellows” Or “Wise Guys” Or Whatever The Hell You Want To Call Them!….”Who Wouldn’t”?….

    ….I Believe That “Kutchie” First Sang “My Eyes Adored You” And “Can’t
    Take My Eyes Off Of You” To His Lovely Bride “Anita” Way Back In The
    Seventies! ….Sounds Like A Love Story To Us!…A Very Good Yarn! “You”

    “You’re Good You”….

    ….That “Captain Kutchie” Always Lands Back On His Feet. No Matter How Tough The Situation Is He Always Comes Back Up On The Top Of The Heap, King Of The Hill! Everyone Knows That! Never Count The Captain Out No Matter How Down The Chips May Appear!….

    …Remember That He Is Not Only “The World Famous Captain Kutchie
    Pelaez” But Please Keep In Mind That “Captain Kutchie” Is Also
    Considered “The Most Interesting Man In The World”!….Why Else Would Everyone Be Talking About Him And His Wild And Crazy Exploits?…

    ....His Drop Dead Gorgeous Wife “Anita” And They’re Famous Key Lime Pies!….They're World Famous Historic Key West Kutcharitaville Key Lime Pie Factory and Grill, Home Of The Famous "Goody Goody" Cheese Burgers In Paradise!....All Conveniently Located In NC Near The Famous "Biltmore House And Estate!....

    ….Yeah, You’re Good You. No You’re “DAMN GOOD YOU”….

    ….Also Add “The Two Yutes”…."What's A Yute"? You Might Ask. Just Ask "Yankee Jack".

    ….Marriage Lasts Forever and Ever, Two People Become One!
    A Covenant Between A Husband, His Wife And The Lord “Jesus” The Christ!
    Marriage, The Same Yesterday Today Tomorrow And Forever More! True Love Never Changes!

    Just Ask “Captain Kutchie Pelaez” He Knows!….That What The Lord Puts Together Can Never Be Broken!….That “Captain Kutchie” Really Knows His Stuff. He’s Mind Blowing To Say The Least!…

    ….”Captain Kutchie” Never Kisses Ass But If He Did Kiss An Ass It Would Probably Be His Beautiful Wife’s Ass!….You Go “Captain Kutchie”!….

    ...."Captain Kutchie" Always Said That To Him That "James Garner" Was To Him One Of The World's Most Interesting Persons. So I Guess That This Key Lime Pie Should Be For You This Month "ROCKFISH"...(RIP)!....

    ....Only "Jim Rockford" Could Have Came Close To "Fred Thompson" In "Persecuted", Fred Really Nailed It In This Flick!....

    ...."Captain Kutchie", You Put You're Cloth's Back On, "You"!....

    ....Who Dat, Dat Say "Who Dat" Every Time Dat I Say Who Dat, "Who Dat"?....

    ....Nobody Be Done Does It Better Than The "Captain Kutchie" Be Done Did!....
    jake113321on September 02, 2014   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite Billy Joel song hands down, I love it.
    LiveUrLifeon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentkool
    azureblue1989on May 17, 2002   Link

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