I’ve Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway, I Watched The Mighty Skyline Fall …

Ist mir angesichts der Bilder dieser Tage aus N.Y. (mal) wieder in den Sinn gekommen: Billy Joels geniale Apokalypse-Liebeserklärung auf sein New York, in einer seiner bekanntesten Versionen, anlässlich eines Benfizkonzerts nach 9/11. Zum Vergleich eine wesentlich ältere Fassung von, ja genau, Miami 2017 aus dem Jahr 1981:

I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway, I saw the Empire State laid low
And life went on beyond the Palisades, they all bought bright Cadillacs
And left there long ago

We held a concert out in Brooklyn to watch the Island bridges blow
They turned our power down, and drove us underground
But we went right on with the show…

I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway, I saw the ruins at my feet
You know we almost didn’t notice it, we’d see 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’ve 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 to sea…

You know those lights were bright on Broadway, but 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…

Wie sagte er so schön 2001 im Konzert: Unlike the end of that song, we’re ain’t going anywhere …


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