"Where's The Orchestra" as written by and Billy Joel....
Where's the orchestra?
Wasn't this supposed to be a musical?
Here I am
In the balcony,
How the hell could I have missed the overture?

I like the scenery
Even though, I have absolutely no, idea at all,
What is being said, despite the dialogue,
There's the leading man

The movie star who never faced an audience
Where's the orchestra?
After all, this is my big night on the town
My introduction to the theatre crowd

I assumed that the show would have a song
So I was wrong
At least I understand
All the innuendo and the irony

And I appreciate,
The roles the actors played
The point the author made
And after the closing lines,

And after the curtain calls,
The curtain falls
On empty chairs,
Where's the orchestra?


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"Where's the Orchestra" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThis song is on Nylon Curtain and I guess is largely ignored. It's a really pretty song though.
    musicchick44on June 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think since Billy is a musician he doesn't relate to theatre. I think he went to see a play and while he was watching it he was creating music for it.
    Micky111on April 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe 'Theatre/Musical' is a metaphor for fame and success in the entertainment industry. The 'Orchestra' refers to the promise of fulfillment, belonging, and happiness that one imagines and expects to come hand-in-hand with stardom, yet rarely does.

    Joel echoes similar sentiments, wrapped in insecurity, on other songs, most notably 'The Entertainer'.
    tylerfairon July 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn an interview with Chuck Klosterman, Billy Joel admitted that this song is about loneliness. "The whole metaphor of that song is that life is a theatrical play, and it's all a tragedy"
    Belishon January 11, 2007   Link

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