Piano man    (video)    (midi)

 

    F - Fm - - -     +  instrumental = verse 1        + C - F - C - F (2x)

 

           C        Em           Am          - G

1. It's nine o'clock on a Saturday,

F                     Am                  D  - G

    the regular crowd shuffles in.

                       C          - Em            Am             - G

    There's an old man         sitting next to me,

                F               G             C

    makin' love to his tonic and gin.

 

+  C - Em - Am - G - F - G - C     - F

 

                     C                  Em            Am          - G

2. He says, Son, can you play me a memory?

           F             Am               D      - G

    I'm not really sure how it goes.

                 C                   Em             Am                     - G

    But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete,

             F              G                      C

    when I wore a younger man's clothes.

    Am    C             D  - Am                     D   - D7      G  - G7 - G - G7

    La la la, de de da,          la la, de de da,        da da.

 

  C            Em                      Am             - G

Sing us a song, you're the piano man,

 F             Am       D      - G

sing us a song tonight.

                   C              Em            Am      - G

Well, we're all in the mood for a melody,

         F                    G          C

and you've got us feeling alright.

 

+  C - Em - Am - G - F - G       +  C - F - C - F (2x)

 

              C              Em         Am                 - G

3. Now John at the bar is a friend of mine,

           F                 Am           D       - G

    he gets me my drinks for free.

                     C               Em           Am                   G

    And he's quick with a joke or to light up your smoke,

                        F                        G              C     - F

    but there's some place that he'd rather be.

 

                    C         Em              Am          - G

4. He says, Bill, I believe this is killing me,

                  F             Am                D       - G

    as the smile ran away from his face.

                    C              Em             Am           - G

    Well, I'm sure that I could be a movie star,

      F                 G                C

    if I could get out of this place.

          AmC              D  - Am                     D   - D7      G  - G7 - G - G7

    Oh, la  la, de de da,          la la, de de da,        da da.

 

               C          Em             Am        - G

5. Now Paul is a real estate novelist,

              F             Am            D     - G

    who never had time for a wife.

                    C                Em             Am            G

    And he's talking with Davy who's still in the navy,

              F           G             C

    and probably will be for life.

 

+  C - Em - Am - G - F - G - C      - F

 

                    C              Em           Am        - G

6. And the waitress is practicing politics,

                 F                   Am               D        - G

    as the businessman slowly gets stoned.

                            C          Em                 Am              - G

    Yes, they're sharing a drink they call loneliness,

                 F                 G          C

    but it's better than drinking alone.

 

+  Am - D7   - Am - D7     - Am - D7    - G - G7 - G - G7

 

  C            Em                      Am             - G

Sing us a song, you're the piano man,

 F             Am       D      - G

sing us a song tonight.

                   C              Em            Am      - G

Well, we're all in the mood for a melody,

         F                    G          C

and you've got us feeling alright.

 

+  C - Em - Am - G - F - G       +  C - F - C - F (2x)

 

               C                Em            Am          - G

7. It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday

                    F           Am                D     - G

    and the manager gives me a smile,

                        C                 Em                      Am             G

    'cause he knows that it's me they've been coming to see

              F            G               C      - F

    to forget about life for a while.

 

                    C         Em                Am          - G

9. And the piano, it sounds like a carnival,

                   F                   Am              D       - G

    and the microphone smells like a beer,

                    C           Em                Am            G

    and they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar,

                     F                     G              C

    and say, Man, what are you doing here?

          AmC              D  - Am                     D   - D7     G  - G7 - G - G7

    Oh, la  la, de de da,          la la, de de da,        da da.

 

  C            Em                      Am             - G

Sing us a song, you're the piano man,

 F             Am       D      - G

sing us a song tonight.

                   C              Em            Am      - G

Well, we're all in the mood for a melody,

         F                    G          C

and you've got us feeling alright.

 

+  C - Em - Am - G - F - G       +  C - F - C - F (2x)  - C

 

(orig. = no capo; video = capo 1st)  (Billy Joel)