"Streetlife Serenader" as written by and Billy Joel....
Streetlife serenader
Never sang on stages
Needs no orchestration
Melody comes easy

Midnight masquerader
Shoppin' center heroes
Child of Eisenhower
New world celebrator

Streetlife serenaders
Have such understanding
How the words are spoken
How to make the motions

Streetlife serenaders
Have no obligations
Hold no grand illusions
Need no stimulation

Midnight masqueraders
Workin' hard for wages
Need no vast arrangements
To do their harmonizing




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"Streetlife Serenader" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThis song is about a "poor" person that must live on the street but plays music to earn tips to survive on.
    pianodudeon October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNever sang on stages
    Melody comes easy
    Have no obligations
    Hold no grand illusions
    Need no stimulation
    Need no vast arrangement
    To do their harmonizing

    Trobadours in the ancient times in Europe, Circus people, Blind chanteurs travelling around the villages singing free and easy to earn daily bread, held no grand illusions... but had no obligations. Music... Melody came easy.

    To me this is a song about MUSIC. Music is a somebody playing a melody and somebody listening. That's it.
    Then comes money and business to complicate things. But Music really is cheap and simple and lives almost anywhere, in the singing lullaby of a mother, in a Mall, where a Shoppin' center hero, Child of Eisenhower is performing live for you, and for daily bread. No sorrow here.
    le fer et le feuon March 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song in my mind is about the "little man." the guy/girl who works hard and has a lot of talent as a singer/songwriter but never becomes a 'Big' artist. they dont have a lot of hope b/c they've been turned down so many times but still play because they love playing. one of billy joel's best songs by far.
    rory221on July 24, 2008   Link

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