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The Downeaster Alexa Lyrics

Artist: Billy Joel


Well I'm on the Downeaster "Alexa"
And I'm cruising through Lond Island Sound
I have chartered a course to the Vineyard
But tonight I am Nantucket bound

We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
And left this morning from the bell in Gardner's Bay
Like all the locals here I've had to sell my home
Too proud to leave I worked my fingers to the bone

So I could own my Downeaster "Alexa"
And I go where the ocean is deep
There are giants out there in the canyons
And a good captain can't fall asleep

I've got bills to pay and children who need clothes
I know there's fish out there but where God only knows
They say these waters aren't what they used to be
But I've got people back on land who count on me

So if you see my Downeaster "Alexa"
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trolling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel

Now I drive my Downeaster "Alexa"
More and more miles from shore every year
Since they told me I can't sell no stripers
And there's no luck in swordfishing here

I was a bayman like my father was before
Can't make a living as a bayman anymore
There ain't much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain't no island left for islanders like me
Comments/Interpretations
by florin romania bucharest on 5/15/2008 8:52pm
you know i think that how long i will live there s no singer and lyrics who show the true meaning of some situations. my fav song by billy joel is second wind ,i need now at 42 y o alone with no friends diagnosed with schizofrenia since 1991...i have to have some faith and face the world again...
by alexa on 6/14/2008 7:46pm
this is my fave song it has my name in it and when i saw billy joel sing it live i creied!!!!


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