"The Great Suburban Showdown" as written by and Billy Joel....
Flyin' east on a plane
Drinkin' all that free champagne
I guess I saw this comin' down the line
And I know it should be fun
But I think I should've packed my gun
Got that old suburban showdown in my mind

Sit around with the folks
Tell the same old tired jokes
Bored to death on Sunday afternoon
Mom and Dad, me and you
And the outdoor barbecue
Think I'm gonna hide out in my room

I've been gone for a while
Made some changes in my style
And they say you can't go home anymore
Well the streets all look the same
And I'll have to play the game
We'll all sit around in the kitchen chairs
With the TV on and the neighbors there

Out in the yard
Where my Daddy worked so hard
He never lets the crab grass grow too high
Oh, the place hasn't changed
And that's why I'm gonna feel so strange
But I'll have to face the music bye and bye

I've been gone for a while
Made some changes in my style
And they say you can't go home anymore
Well the streets all look the same
And I'll have to play the game
We'll all sit around in the kitchen chairs
With the TV on and the neighbors there

Drive into town
When this big bird touches down
I'm only comin' home to say goodbye
Then I'm gone with the wind
And I won't be seen again
Till that great suburban showdown in the sky
Till that great suburban showdown in the sky


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"The Great Suburban Showdown" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentVery underrated, badly forgotten tune, where young Bill's voice reigns supreme. Great Arrangements as well. I think many people dismiss Billy Joel for his great commercial success, and they won't let themselves come across musical jewels like this, but I hope that future generations will be ready to understand the great talent hidden in the least known works of this outstanding musician.
    le fer et le feuon March 28, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Oh, the place hasn't changed
    And that's why I'm gonna feel so strange
    But I have to face the music bye and bye

    I've been gone for a while, made some changes in my style
    And they say you can't go home anymore
    Well the streets all look the same,
    And I'll have to play the game"

    That pretty much sums up the meaning of the song. He's gone west, presumably to Hollywood. He's changed drastically since he went out there, and now he's going home for the first time. He's changed, but home hasn't. His parents, his sibling, his neighbors, the town, it's all the same as it was when he left. But he's changed, and so he feels strange, out of place, trying to be who he was when he lived there, instead of who he's become. He knows he can't stay, for many reasons. He's just coming home, to say goodbye to it one last time.
    rta01on July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of coming home from college - "Oh this place hasn't changed / And that's why I'm gonna feel so strange..." Everything's different, but it still feels like home.
    musicchick44on June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about coming home after being away for awhile, and realizing that you can't stay

    I'm only comin' home to say goodbye
    Then I'm gone with the wind and
    I won't be seen again
    benmanon July 31, 2007   Link

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