No Man's Land

Album: River Of Dreams (1993)
Charted: 50

Songfacts®:

  • Billy Joel is from Long Island, and this is his comment on suburban life - how people have become detached and materialistic as strip malls and other developments took over.
  • The lyrics, "Lots more to read about Lolita and suburban lust" refer to Amy Fisher, who was known as "The Long Island Lolita." When she was 17, she was having an affair with the much older Joey Buttafuoco when she shot and injured his wife, Mary Jo. The story was very sensationalistic and got lots of media attention, including multiple made-for-TV movies. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Nicole - Massapequa, NY
  • Joel performed this song in 1993 when he was the musical guest on David Letterman's first show after moving from NBC to CBS. Joel explained how his wife, Christie Brinkley, painted the River Of Dreams album cover. "She disappeared for about two weeks upstairs, it was kind of lonely, and said, 'I'm going to paint the album cover.' And I thought, 'What if I don't like it? How do I say I don't like it?' But, she brought it down and it was good."

Comments: 1

  • Blaine from Indianapolis It’s actually “with their Volvos and their Ballantines”. Valentines makes no sense, and Ballantines is an upscale New York ale that yuppies (the bad guys in this song) would drink. Billy told me so.
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