"Say Goodbye To Hollywood" as written by and Billy Joel....
Bobby's driving through the city tonight
Through the lights
In a hot new rent a car
He joins the lover in his heavy machine
It's a scene down on Sunset Boulevard

Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby

Johnny's taking care of things for awhile
And his style is so right for troubadours
They got him sitting with his back to the door
Now he won't be my fast gun anymore

Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby

Moving on is a chance that you take every time
You try to stay together
Say a word out of line and you find
That the friends you had are gone
Forever, forever
So many faces in and out of my life
Some will last, some will just be now and then
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
I'm afraid it's time for goodbye again

Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby

Moving on is a chance that you take every time
You try to stay together
Say a word out of line and you find
That the friends you had are gone
Forever, forever
So many faces in and out of my life
Some will last, some will just be now and then
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
I'm afraid it's time for goodbye again

Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby


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"Say Goodbye to Hollywood" as written by Billy Joel

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    General Comment"life is a series of hellos and goodbyes; i'm afraid it's time for goodbye again.."
    what a great line.
    luckye225on August 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song is indeed about Billy's loathing of Hollywood and its fake people - Bobby, driving down Sunset Boulevarde just to be seen in his hot new car, which he doesn't own, just rents... and Johnny, the agent for "troubadours" (like Billy himself) who's now got his back to the door because he owes so many favours to unsavoury people... all the phonies, in other words.

    And then "life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, I'm afraid it's time for goodbye again" - he's off home to NY. And lucky for us, too, or we wouldn't have The Stranger, 52nd Street, The Nylon Curtain... or any of his other masterpieces.
    neiledwardon September 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is an absolute gem, and the reason why I joined this site - just to comment on how brilliant it is! This along with Captain Jack are in my opinion the two greatest songs that you can possibly hear live, although that may be a bit biased! Nevertheless, a treasure of a song and the lyric "So many faces in and out of my life some will last, some will just be now and then. Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes I'm afraid it's time for goodbye again" is one to remember and pays true even today!
    LifelessPotatoon March 23, 2014   Link
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    General CommentHe wasn't eager to leave, but he was eager to go back home. Something we've all felt at one time or another.
    suckmykisson April 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGreat song.
    oNeMore_LASTchanceon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment(condensed from Allmusic.com)

    After Joel's first album, Cold Spring Harbor, he moved to L.A. in an attempt to be part of the then-growing singer-songwriter scene; he took on a steady job as a lounge pianist (whence "Piano Man" came), but after a limited success and growing frustration with the city and the music biz, he had had enough. He decided to "say goodbye to Hollywood" and move back to New York--notice that the Turnstiles cover is of the infamous subways of NYC, and the album features a song called "New York State of Mind."
    bugoffon July 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat an amazing song. I can identify with the concept of living somewhere where all the people around me are fake, and all my relationships are shallow... "So many faces in and out of my life..."
    The best part of this song has to be "Say a word out of line and you'll find that the friends you have are gone... forever." It speaks the truth to the typical PC American society where everyone is offended by everything and people are afraid to truly speak their mind. But I can see this being specifically prevalent in Hollywood.
    The characters who he brings into the story (Bobby and Johnny) with their shallow relationships (Bobby only cares about being seen in his "rental car", and Johnny has ruffled too many feathers) really bring home the message of this song.
    MelodyPowerson March 23, 2016   Link

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