BILLY JOEL


The Downeaster Alexa Lyrics

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

We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
Left this morning from the bell in Gardiners 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 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 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 trawling 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 sword-fishing here

I was a bay man like my father was before
Can't make a living as a bay man any more
There ain't much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain't no island left for islanders like me

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Songwriter(s): Billy Joel
Copyright: Joelsongs
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Meaning to "The Downeaster Alexa" (2 meanings)
bigoldtree 05/09/11,06:46
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Billy knows everything about life...that is why he is amazing artist. And probably amazing man, too...
michael riley 04/07/11,15:25
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It's amazing that billy can write that song sometime in his life he must have taken that course. As a fisherman i can really relate to that song he knows about the canyons only fisherman know about
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