''It's an old, long song about a guy at a depressing piano bar. I was living in LA and trying to get out of a bad record contract I'd signed. I worked in a piano bar. I auditioned, I got a job and I told them my name was Bill Martin. They didn’t know who the hell I was and I played in the piano bar, The Executive Lounge, for six months. And I was pretty stewed all the time I was doing it because you got free drinks. It was a dive. It was pretty depressing but I was making my own money and the woman I ended up marrying, my first wife Elizabeth, worked there as a waitress and between the two of us we were able to make the rent.'' - Billy Joel
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