The Entertainer

Album: Streetlife Serenade (1974)
Charted: 34
  • I am the entertainer
    And I know just where I stand
    Another serenader
    And another long haired band
    Today I am your champion
    I may have won your hearts
    But I know the game, you'll forget my name
    And I won't be here in another year
    If I don't stay on the charts

    I am the entertainer
    And I've had to pay my price
    The things I did not know at first
    I learned by doin' twice
    Ah, but still they come to haunt me
    Still they want their say
    So I've learned to dance with a hand in my pants
    I let 'em rub my neck and I write 'em a check
    And they go their merry way

    I am the entertainer
    Been all around the world
    I've played all kinds of palaces
    And laid all kinds of girls
    I can't remember faces
    I don't remember names
    Ah, but what the hell
    You know it's just as well
    'Cause after a while and a thousand miles
    It all becomes the same

    I am the entertainer
    I bring to you my songs
    I'd like to spend a day or two
    I can't stay that long
    No, I've got to meet expenses
    I got to stay in line
    Gotta get those fees to the agencies
    And I'd love to stay but there's bills to pay
    So I just don't have the time

    I am the entertainer
    I come to do my show
    You've heard my latest record
    It's been on the radio
    Ah, it took me years to write it
    They were the best years of my life
    It was a beautiful song
    But it ran too long
    If you're gonna have a hit
    You gotta make it fit
    So they cut it down to 3:05

    I am the entertainer
    The idol of my age
    I make all kinds of money
    When I go on the stage
    Ah, you've seen me in the papers
    I've been in the magazines
    But if I go cold I won't get sold
    I'll get put in the back in the discount rack
    Like another can of beans

    I am the entertainer
    And I know just where I stand
    Another serenader
    And another long haired band
    Today I am your champion
    I may have won your hearts
    But I know the game, you'll forget my name
    I won't be here in another year
    If I don't stay on the charts Writer/s: BILLY JOEL
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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  • Joe from Grants Pass, OrOne of the few songs Billy did with a Moog.
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