"I dreamt the melody, not the words. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and going, 'This is a great idea for a song.' A couple of weeks later, I'm in a business meeting, and the dream reoccurs to me right at that moment because my mind had drifted off from hearing numbers and legal jargon. And I said, 'I have to go!' I got home and I ended up writing it all in one sitting, pretty much. It took me maybe two or three hours to write the lyrics." - Billy Joel
"Every time I wrote a song for a person I was in a relationship with, it didn't last. It was kind of like the curse. Here's your song - we might as well say goodbye now." - Billy Joel
"I was absolutely surprised it won a Grammy. It wasn't even rock 'n' roll, it was like a standard with a little bit of R&B in it. It reminded me of an old Stevie Wonder recording." - Billy Joel
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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