"Famous Last Words" as written by and Billy Joel....
Sitting here in Avalon, looking at the pouring rain
Summertime has come and gone and everybody's home again

Closing down for the season, I found the last of the souvenirs
I can still taste the wedding cake and it's sweet after all these years

These are the last words I have to say
That's why this took so long to write
There will be other words some other day
But that's the story of my life

There's comfort in my coffee cup and apples in the early fall
They're pulling all the moorings up and gathering at the Legion Hall
They swept away all the streamers after the Labor Day parade
Nothing left for a dream now, only one final serenade

And these are the last words I have to say
Before another age goes by
With all those other songs I'll have to play
But that's the story of my life

And it's so clear standing here where I am
Ain't that what justice is for?
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn anymore

Stack the chairs on the table tops
Hang the sheets on the chandeliers
It slows down but it never stops
Ain't it sweet after all these years

And these are the last words I have to say
It's always hard to say goodbye
But now it's time to put this book away
And that's the story of my life

These are the last words I have to say
That's why this took so long to write
There will be other words some other day
Ain't that the story of my life

These are the last words I have to say
Before another age goes by
With all those other songs I'll have to play
Ain't that the story of my life


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"Famous Last Words" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentUnderrated songs and lyrics. I think this is one of his best songs and lyrics, but the production was overdone. His piano-only version of the song (on Inside the Actors' Studio) is better than the record version.

    He has many songs likes this: Souvenir, Summer Highland Falls, Vienna, Through The Long Night, Where's The Orchestra, And So It Goes. Sad, wistful, melancholy. Sometimes the lyrics are literal, sometimes more abstract (like this one), but the overall feeling is the same.
    kbj1000on February 04, 2010   Link

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