"Big Shot" as written by and Billy Joel....
Well, you went uptown riding in your limousine
With your fine Park Avenue clothes
You had the Dom Perignon in your hand
And the spoon up your nose
And when you wake up in the morning
With your head on fire
And your eyes too bloody to see
Go on and cry in your coffee
But don't come bitchin' to me

Because you had to be a big shot, didn't you
You had to open up your mouth
You had to be a big shot, didn't you
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
You know what everything's about
You and to have a white hot spotlight
You had to be a big shot last night

They were all impressed with your Halston dress
And the people that you knew at Elaine's
And the story of your latest success
Kept 'em so entertained
Oh, but now you just don't remember
All the things you said
And you're not sure you want to know
I'll give you one hint, honey
You sure did put on a show

Yes, yes, you had to be a big shot, didn't you
You had to prove it to the crowd
You had to be a big shot, didn't you
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
So much fun to be around
You had to have the front page, bold type
You had to be a big shot last night

Well, it's no big sin to stick your two cents in
If you know when to leave it alone
But you went over the line
You couldn't see it was time to go home
No, no, no, no, no, no, you had to be a big shot, didn't you
You had to open up your mouth
You had to be a big shot, didn't you
All your friends were so knocked out
You had to have the last word, last night
So much fun to be around
You had to have a white hot spotlight
You had to be a big shot last night

Big shot
Big shot
Big shot
Big shot
Big shot
Big shot


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"Big Shot" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentBilly has said in a couple of lectures/interviews that the song was about a particularly bad date with Bianca Jagger. He added that he wanted to write a song about a hangover, but apparently didn't. He was probably boozed (or on something else) too, but the song is about the woman ... hence the Halston dress.
    neurotic.housewifeon May 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey New Generation, guess what? This was a song about a date with Bianca Jagger gone bad. It was relased on the 52nd Street album by Columbia in 1978. He wouldn't have even met Christie Brinkley let alone be married to her at that time. But good guess.
    beeman33on February 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUnless he is a cross dresser (they were all impressed with your Halston dress), its not about him. He did say he wanted to write a hang-over song, but this does seem to be directed at a date with a woman (I'll give you on ehint honey) who acted like a jerk (I also heard it was Jagger around this time when his 1st marriage was in the toilet ).
    crdesqon February 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've heard this song was written about a date Billy Joel had with Bianca Jagger. Judging from the lyrics, I'd say it didn't go well.
    Ferthukoon April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbilly joel rocks! this song is one of my favorites by him!
    NoClueMcHughon September 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell whoever it was with they were stuck up and he was so jealous he sounds like he was getting rather violent and, er, wanted to shoot and kill her ...ahem "Big Shot"
    abc55555on February 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definately exactly as the lyrics state. he went out drinking with friends. he was tying to impress everyone with how much he drank. he woke up the next morning feeling like shit and looked himself in the mirror and thought "you had to be a big shot and drink that much"
    pbattinon May 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with pbattin.. It's about him getting drunk and saying things he regreted the next morning. The line "all your friends were so knocked out" could either mean they were laughing at him even so he kept going, or they were floored because they were shocked.

    I have had plenty of these nights, when I wake up the next morning and I'm like WTF.
    RalphieGiordanoon January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you enjoy horns, listen to the saxphone harmonies on the chorus. Nobody writes for the sax better than Billy!
    crdesqon March 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpbattin is absolutely right. I heard Billy Joel say in an interview that he woke up hungover the next day, remembering what an ass he made of himself the night before and stared in the mirror and said "You had to be a big shot, didn't you!"
    sangsueon April 04, 2006   Link

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