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Scenes From An Italian Restaurant Lyrics

Artist: Billy Joel
Album: Turnstiles

A bottle of white, a bottle of red
Perhaps a bottle of rose instead
We'll get a table near the street
In our old familiar place
You and I,face to face

A bottle of red, a bottle of white
It all depends upon your appetite
I'll meet you any time you want
In our Italian Restaurant.

Things are okay with me these days
Got a good job, got a good office
Got a new wife, got a new life
And the family's fine
We lost touch long ago
You lost weight I did not know
You could ever look so good after
So much time.

I remember those days hanging out
At the village green
Engineer boots, leather jackets
And tight blue jeans
Drop a dime in the box play the
Song about New Orleans
Cold beer, hot lights
My sweet romantic teenage nights

Brenda and Eddie were the
Popular steadys
And the king and the queen
Of the prom
Riding around with the car top
Down and the radio on.
Nobody looked any finer
Or was more of a hit at the
Parkway Diner
We never knew we could want more
Than that out of life
Surely Brenda and Eddie would
Always know how to survive.

Brenda and Eddy were still going
Steady in the summer of '75
when they decided the marriage would
Be at the end of July
Everyone said they were crazy
"Brenda you know you're much too lazy
Eddie could never afford to live that
Kind of life."
But there we were wavin' Brenda and
Eddie goodbye.

They got an apartment with deep
Pile carpet
And a couple of paintings from Sears
A big waterbed that they bought
With the bread
They had saved for a couple
Of years
They started to fight when the
Money got tight
And they just didn't count on
The tears.

They lived for a while in a
Very nice style
But it's always the same in the end
They got a divorce as a matter
Of course
And they parted the closest
Of friends
Then the king and the queen went
Back to the green
But you can never go back
There again.

Brenda and Eddie had had it
Already by the summer of '75
Fromhe high to the low to
The end of the show
For the rest of their lives
They couldn't go back to
The greasers
The best they could do was
Pick up the pieces
We always knew they would both
Find a way to get by
That's all I heard about
Brenda nd Eddie
Can't tell you more than I
Told you already
And here we are wavin' Brenda
And Eddie goodbye.

A bottle of red, aa bottle of white
Whatever kind of mood you're in tonight
I'll meet you anytime you want
In our Italian Restaurant.
Comments/Interpretations
by Naomi on 5/21/2008 6:24pm
Best song ever
by luciano from pittsburgh pa. on 5/24/2008 10:02pm
piece of art from the the heart
by Andy on 6/25/2008 10:54pm
The last stanza is;

A bottle of REDS, a bottle of WHITES
....


by e on 7/13/2008 2:42am
Definitely multiples at the end...it's part of the humor of the story.
by alex on 9/14/2008 6:14am
this song is amazing,,, piano solo !!
:o! wow
by brian powers on 9/20/2008 7:12pm
i'll meet you any time you want in our italian restaurant i love this song
by jball on 1/10/2009 11:00am
this is such a great song, very well written, i wish our generation wrote songs like this - I wish our generation just wrote their own songs!
by by ambohrn on 3/22/2009 7:03pm
BJ was such a great artist, and this song is a Classic!
by suzie q on 4/6/2009 3:13pm
the brilliant lyrics and the haunting melody break your heart and mend it all at the same time.
by jess on 5/7/2009 11:27pm
billy joel is defintly part italian, i mean come on he looks like a way less buff version of sylvester stallone
by sam on 6/28/2009 7:09am
i lov dis song!!!!
by Jo Jo on 12/8/2009 4:30pm
I dated Brenda for a while after she broke up with Eddie.... She was quite a nice piece. !!
by tea on 2/14/2010 11:51am
Andy who wrote on 06.25.08 is right. The last verse refers to bottles of pills - reds and whites.
by John in Bucks Co. on 3/14/2010 12:05am
This song with the various tempos reminds me of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. You are in good company Billy!!!
by Charlotte on 7/1/2010 3:00pm
Can't say enough. Grew up in Philly and this song just takes me back. I love Billy!.
by 101 on 7/21/2010 10:31am
this is the best song ever me and my mum love it and fantastic lyrics.xx
by Jim on 7/28/2010 1:19pm
LANDMARK HORSESHIT
by Dana on 8/3/2010 11:42pm
can't get enough of it. love. it.
by Ade J on 8/6/2010 4:05pm
just the best....the later BJ never met this total classic standard.Up with the all time best...
by Ed on 9/8/2010 4:54pm
All time favorite Billy Joel song. Just great.
by WISONSIN CASEY. F.......EM BUCKY. on 12/31/2010 9:15pm
LOVE THIS SONG. CASEY AND DEBBIE .ALL I GOTTA SAY.
by Nate on 1/12/2011 3:02pm
A song with great vocals, lyrics, instruments, story and heart

How this song isn't one of the best ever I will never know...
by Eroyo on 2/16/2011 3:48pm
EXCELLENT!! Any other artist would surely broke this lyrics into 2 or 3 smallest songs!! & still have 2 or 3 hits out of this!!
by Linda on 3/9/2011 5:03am
The album's not Turnstiles but The Stranger - - best album, maybe!
by caz on 6/20/2011 4:30pm
loved this song from being a teenager its fantastic xx
by pedro on 8/18/2011 1:35pm
Billy Joel es el mejor cantante que he escuhado en mi vida, su talento y estilo es de lo mejor.

Dios bendiga a Billy Joel.
by d'laine on 9/7/2011 9:35pm
where the heck can i guy the instrumental?
by Don on 10/18/2011 9:11pm
Now, compare this music, this talent, this genuine ability to entertain with the garbage that passes for "entertainment" these days....
by Mac on 4/15/2012 10:45am
Genius!
by Ryan on 4/22/2012 11:30pm
Whatever man,"it's still rockin roll to me"!
by me on 5/25/2012 5:44pm
its rosť in the second line. not rose
by elisa on 6/24/2012 12:18pm
Just great!!! Love billy!!
by Moi on 9/11/2012 1:12pm
Love love love this song!!! PNut!
by Jo and joe on 9/15/2012 5:34pm
Great sat night get pissed n sing along song. Love it!!!! Not sure neighbours do. Lol. :)
by epic man 222 on 10/10/2012 8:49pm
so epic watched this in schoool
by The One Who Isn't on 3/16/2013 9:04pm
Every time I listen to this song it gets stuck in my head for the whole day... And I am always okay with that.
by Ron on 4/4/2013 5:14pm
This is actually three songs Billy couldn't finish so he put them all together 1 bottle of red 2 things are ok and 3 Brenda and eddy. I was so amazed when I heard him say that in an interview, but I can see it clearly now, the are three entirely different songs made into one
by Nobody on 7/28/2013 3:14pm
I'm pretty sure the "multiples" thing where it becomes "reds" and "whites" is just the way he's articulating + microphone hiss. Check a live recording and look at his lips - he's not making an "s" noise; it's just the plosive making the mic hiss.
by Rock and/or Roll on 8/19/2013 9:07am
I really like this song, but unless I'm misunderstanding, the timing for Brenda and Eddie makes no sense. If they married at the end of July in 75, lived together for a while after they were married... how could they have "had it" by the summer of 75? Also, if it all happened that quickly, they could still go back to their lives as is. Just sayin'
by Jay on 8/26/2013 6:40pm
The "it" they had had was their lives before they married. Being married wasn't as good as the earlier "it."
by Iago Dantas on 12/9/2013 4:38am
Seriously... The piano solo on this music is just breath taking. True piece of art. Billy Joel is amazing.
by Phil on 12/11/2013 2:37pm
Best song ever!
by Jen on 7/29/2014 7:13am
This is and probably always will be the most schizophrenic song I've ever heard.


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