‘Allentown’ Lyrics

December 19, 2008
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The song ‘Allentown’ was written by Billy Joel in 1982 and it was a huge hit from his ‘The Nylon Curtain’ album. We have the lyrics to ‘Allentown’ below, see photos, and watch a music video.




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‘Allentown’ Lyrics by Billy Joel




He’s been called the American Elton John. In fact, he’s toured with Sir Elton many times.

Billy Joel, music icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s is still touring to sold out arenas and one of his most requested songs is ‘Allentown’. The song refers to Allentown, Pennsylvania, a former blue-collar steel town and the closing of the steel mills.

‘Allentown’ Lyrics by Billy Joel

Well we’re living here in Allentown
And they’re closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem they’re killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line.

Well our fathers fought the Second World War
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
Met our mothers at the USO
Asked them to dance
Danced with them slow
And we’re living here in Allentown.

But the restlessness was handed down
And it’s getting very hard to staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
aaaaaaah aaahhhhh ooooooooh ooooooh ohhhhhhh.

Well we’re waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved.

So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coke,
Chromium steel.

And we’re waiting here in Allentown.
But they’ve taken all the coal from the ground
And the union people crawled awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah aaaaaaaaaaah aaaaaah.

Every child had a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got.
If something happened on the way to that place
They threw an American flag in our faaaaaaaace, oh oh oh.

Well I’m living here in Allentown
And it’s hard to keep a good man down.
But I won’t be getting up todaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy
aaaaaaaaaaah aaaaaaaaaaah aaaaaaaaah.

GUITAR SOLO

aaaaaaah aaaaaaah aaaaaaah oh oh oh.

And it’s getting very hard to staaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

And we’re living here in Allentown.




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‘Allentown’ performed in Leningrad by Billy Joel Video

Photos: WENN



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