Let me tell you a story
About a woman and a man
Maybe you will find familiar
Maybe you won't understand

The man's name I don't remember
He was always Joe to me
But I can't forget the woman
She was always Christie Lee

He was working in a night club
That's where he played the saxophone
He used to fake to stock arrangements
He left the customers alone

But one night before the last song
About a quarter after three
He saw her standing at the coat check
And made his move on Christie Lee

Christie Lee, Christie Lee
Christie Lee, Christie Lee

She was a nice piece of music
She had a rhythm all her own
He blew a solo like a blind man
She really dug his saxophone

She wanted more than just an encore
And he could play in every key
He left the stage and packed his alto
And he took it home with Christie Lee

Oh I heard the man knew "the Bird" like the bible
You know the man could blow an educated axe
He couldn't see that Christie Lee was a woman
Who didn't need another lover
All she wanted was the sax

It took a while for him to notice
It took a while for him to see
He was never in control here
It was always Christie Lee

Christie Lee, Christie Lee
Christie Lee, Christie Lee

Oh the man took a calculated gamble
Yes the man had the power to perform
But Christie Lee was more than he knew how to handle
She didn't need him as a man
All she wanted was the horn

They say that Joe became a wino
They say he always drinks alone
They say he stumbles like a blind man
They say he sold his saxophone

Even the band must face the music
That's what the moral is to me
The only time you hit the high note
Is when you play for Christie Lee

Christie Lee, Christie Lee
Christie Lee, Christie Lee

Lyrics submitted by fletch699

Christie Lee Lyrics as written by Billy Joel

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentChristie Brinkley
    Boonechic_21on June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have the same name as this song, and christie brinkley for that matter.
    christie lee.
    christieordon January 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWe used to sit and listen to this late at night during my first year of University...

    Ahhh, memories :-)
    rich20bon February 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's actually about his piano...
    sadnessoreuphoriaon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe didn't need another lover, all she wanted was the sax.

    some of favorite innuendo from any song ever. its a funny song about a fairly depressing subject
    naceguy122on March 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the b side to "For the Longest Time" My father bought me that 7'' when I was 7. I should try to look on ebay to see if I can find it.
    yrogerg1on May 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's about Christie Brinkley not wanting to have sex with him
    calrusson September 01, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentaaaand then she left him for some other dude and now the singer is stuck in a bar, drinking and gave up on the sax all because of a woman. oh billy joel.. how do you do it
    luckye225on September 27, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt seems to be a commentary on musicians shacking up with groupies and having it go sour on them ("Even the band must face the music"). In this case, the sax player fell for CL, but she only slept with him because he was a musician.
    crdesqon February 25, 2006   Link

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