Turn on all the Christmas lights Cause baby's coming home tonight I can hear her footsteps in the street Turn the choral music higher Pile more wood upon the fire That should make the atmosphere complete I've had to wait forever But better late than never She's just in time for me She's right on time She's right where she should be She's right on time I'm a man with so much tension Far too many sins to mention She don't have to take it anymore But since she said she's coming home I've torn out all my telephones Soon she will be walking through that door I may be going nowhere But I don't mind if she's there She's just in time for me She's right on time She's right where she should be She's right on time Left to my own device I can always make believe That there's nothing wrong Still I will chose to live In the complicated world That we shared for so long Good or bad Right or wrong And it occurred to me While I set up my Christmas tree She never missed a cue Or lost a beat Everytime I lost the meter There she was when I would need her Greeting me with footsteps in the street I guess I should have known it She'd find the perfect moment She's just in time for me She's right on time She's right where she should be She's right on time Turn the choral music higher Pile more wood upon the fire That will make the atmosphere complete I've had to wait forever But better late than never She's just in time for me She's right on time She's right where she should be She's right on time She's right on time She's right on time
Writer/s: BILLY JOEL
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Michael from HoustonI've loved Billy since I was 15. I'm 30 now and I continue to find his music more and more relatable as I grow older. The song, at this point in my life, has three meanings.
1) Obviously, the music metaphor. It's awesome to meet a woman that plays music AND is good at it.
2) The more obvious meaning of the song is that his lady is late, but he acknowledges his faults and knows that she puts up with his misgivings as much as she does. She's right on time = she's right for me, both the good and bad
3) "I had to wait forever, but better late than never" some men, particularly of Joel's success, start really taking off later in life. Sometimes, you don't meet that great woman or have a career that takes off until later than a lot of men. A lot of men at that point are doing the safe thing: marrying a girl they met in college or early 20s, getting fortified in their careers, having kids. Billy was running a little late on all that...though signed to Columbia since 1974, he really didn't take off until The Stranger and really didn't become a household name until "Glass Houses". I see the song as telling yourself to be patient for that success. Yes, you've made you're mistakes and that life is ultimately meaningless, but, when you meet that great female you instantly connect with OR you hit that level of success you've been working so hard for, it all feels right in the moment. Hence....she's right on time.
Kevin from KentuckyAnyone know the name of the girl in the video?
Bob Young from Farmington, MiThe chorus harmonies seem to be quite the nod to the verses on The Beatles "If I Needed Someone".
Rachel from North Jersey, NjOh yeah, and I finally FINALLY got to hear it live when he played it during the new year's eve concert 200 at MSG.
Rachel from North Jersey, NjI love Billy joel and everything he ever did. there is not one song I don't like and this one is my all time favorite. I love it.
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.