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Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)  Billy Joel

Date: Sun, 3 May 1998 01:06:32 EDT
From: N0w1mHere
Subject: j/billy_joel/
Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
(c) 1976 by Billy Joel
Off the album "Turnstiles"
Transcribed by Neil Fein
This is how I play this on guitar. If anyone has a better way to
play this, please let me know! , because this one's a
pain to play. (Sounds nice when you do it right, though...)
Intro (also the fadeout)
Let bass notes ring. The first note's a harmonic because you'll
have to slide up a bit. Practice it slow; this has to be perfect
to sound good. To perform it I have to rehearse it for several days
before the gig or I get rusty.
I use a clean sound with a touch of chorus, just a hint.
Legal, this is what I, Neil Fein, heard on the record.
 ----------10-14-15-14-------17- ----12---12-10---12-
 -------10-------------15------- --------------------
 --[12]-------------------14---- --9----9-------9----
 ------------------------------- -10-----------------
 ------------------------------- --------------------
 ------------------------------- --------------------
 ----12-------12-------12- -12-------12-------12----
 -------15-------15------- ----15-------15-------15-
 ----------12-------12---- -------12-------12-------
 ------------------------- -------------------------
 -14---------------------- -13----------------------
 ------------------------- -------------------------

This part is more or less the same, but an octave down:
 -------2-3-2-----5- ---0-----0-----0-
 -----3-------3----- -----3-----3-----
 ---2-----------2--- -------0-----0---
 -0----------------- -----------------
 ------------------- -3---------------
 ------------------- -----------------
 -----0-----0----- -0---------------
 -3-----3-----3--- ---3-1-0---------
 ---0-----0-----0- ---------2-0-----
 ----------------- -------------4-2-
 -2--------------- -1---------------
 ----------------- -----------------

[D]Seen the [G/D]lights go out on [D]Broadway[G/D] [D] [A/C#]
[Bm]I saw the [G]Empire State laid [A]low[Asus] [A] [G]
[D/F#]And life went on beyond the [G]Palisades[Gsus] [G]
They all bought [A]Cadillacs[Asus] [A]
And left there [G]long ago[A]
[D]They held a c[G/D]oncert out in [D]Brooklyn[G/D] [D] [A/C#]
[Bm]To watch the [G]island bridges [A]blow[Asus] [A] [G]
[D/F#]They turned our [G]power down
[D/A]And drove us [G/B]underground
[A/C#]But we went [G/B]right on with the show
[A/D] [D] [G/D] [D] [A/D] [D] [A] [D/A] [A] 
(Repeat with same chords)
I seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the ruins at my feet
You know we almost didn^t notice it
We seen it all the time
On Forty-Second street
They burned the churches up in Harlem
Like in that Spanish civil war
The flames were everywhere
But no one really cared
It always burned up there before
I seen the lights go out on Broadway
I watched the mighty skyline fall
The boats were waiting at the battery
The union went on strike
They never sailed at all
They sent a carrier out from Norfolk
And picked the Yankees up for free
They said that Queens could stay
They blew the Bronx away
And sank Manhattan out at sea
You know those lights were bright on Broadway
That was so many years ago
Before we all lived here in Florida
Before the Mafia
Took over Mexico
There are not many who remember
They say a handful still survive
To tell the world about
The way the lights went out
And keep the memory alive
("alive" is on a G/D chord, I play it X55433)
(End with same as intro fingerstyle)

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A A/C# A/D Asus Bm D D/F# G G/B G/D Gsus
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