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IntroThe intro is the main part of the song that simulates waves crashing against the of an old Downeaster fishing vessel. This is also played once very quickly after the line of each verse as noted below. Am Am7add11 Am - G Am Am7add11 Am G Am Am7add11 Am Well I'm Con the DownGeaster AleAmxa Am7add11 Am And I'm Ccruising through GBlock Island SoFund I have Fchartered a Ccourse to the VinDmeyard But tonigCht I am GNantucket boundF We took on Gdiesel back in CMontauk yesterdayF And left this Gmorning from the beAmll in Gardiner's BayG F Like all the lGocals here I've Chad to sellF my home Too proud to Gleave, I worked my Amfingers to the bonGe So I coulCd own my DoGwneaster AAmlexAm7add11a Am And I goC where the ocean Gis deep F There aFre giants ouCt there in the caDmnyons And a gooCd captaiGn can't fall asFleep I got billsG to pay and chiCldren who need clFothes I know there'sG fish out there butAm where, God only knoGws F They say theseG waters aren't wChat they usFed to be But I've got Gpeople back on lAmand who count on Gme So when yCou see my DGowneaster AmAleAm7add11xa Am And if you Cwork with the rGod and the rFeel Tell myF wife I am tCrolling AtDmlantis And I stCill have my hGands on the Fwheel
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Am Am7add11 AmNow I driCve my DowneGaster AlexAma Am7add11 Am More andC more miles from Gshore every yeaFr Since tFhey told me CI can't sell no sDmtripers And there's nCo luck in sGword fishing hFere I was a bayG man like my faCther was Fbefore Can't make Ga living as a bAmay man anymGore F There aint much Gfuture for a Cman who workFs the sea There ain't nGo island left for iAmslanders like me G Ya, ya, yaC G yo Am Am7add11 Am Ya, ya, yaC G yo Am Am7add11 Am Ya, ya, yaC G yo Am Am7add11 Am Ya, ya, yaC G yo Am Am7add11 Am End it with: Am Am7add11 Am ==Song Facts== Downeaster Alexa: In the first verse of the song, Billy Joel establishes that hes a working on a Downeaster fishing vessel called the Alexa. There is an actual fishing berthed along the coast of Maine called the Alexa (note: Maines coast is often referred as Down East. Block Island Sound, Vineyard, Nantucket: The song is written for the mariners working in North Eastern United States, and so many of the geographical places are mentioned, Block Island Sound (a nautical passage way off of Long Islands East End and near and of course the actual Block Island), the Vineyard refers to Marthas Vineyard, an that is much like the Hamptons, once predominantly a fishing village is now quite and used primarily as a summer resort for those who can afford it. Nantucket Island, a fairly island off of Massachusetts is similar in back story to Marthas Vineyard. Montauk is the eastern most point of Long Island and often associated with the famous Many fishing vessels port in Montauk and the surrounding areas. Prior to the wealthy the Hamptons, the whole south fork used to be a working class cluster of fishing This is also relatively near Gardiners Bay, which is one of the bodies of water that the north and south forks of Long Island. There is a single political point to the song that is delivered using two primary The point is that making a living as a mariner is becoming a lot harder as the fish become Hence the line theres no luck in sword fishing here. The second example is the use the word islander. Islander: In the line there aint no island left for islanders like me Joel isnt about a specific island and it would be foolish to think that hes specifically talking all of Long Island. A great majority of Americas North Eastern fishing industry is up of families living on islands all up the coast, from New York to Maine. In fact, the of Maine is often referred to as down east and inspired the term Downeaster. Down is often used in travel magazines and in everyday lingo that refer to the coast of Maine. From the Cranberry Isles to the islands of Casco Bay, all the way down to Cape Cod and Vineyard, nearly every working resident of these communities can relate to the because this song was in fact written about ALL of them. The line there aint no left for islanders like me also refers to the Hamptonization of these islands and that becoming tougher for fishermen to make their living on the water for the reason that cant afford to be on the waterfront with the wealthy moving into these areas. Like all musical pieces, meanings can be interpreted any which way you relate to it. I up in a small fishing community in Maine and am well versed in geography, the north east industries and based on my knowledge of the world in which this song is set, this is the accurate translation I have been able to come up with. Suffice to say, Im sure Joel has a far more personal back story than any of us could ever relate.
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