Billy Joel - The Great Suburban Showdown Lyrics

Billy Joel Streetlife Serenade cover art
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Flyin' east on a plane
Drinkin' all that free champagne
I guess I saw this comin' down the line
And I know it should be fun
But I think I should've packed my gun
Got that old suburban showdown in my mind

Sit around with the folks
Tell the same old tired jokes
Bored to death on Sunday afternoon
Mom and Dad, me and you
And the outdoor barbecue
Think I'm gonna hide out in my room

I've been gone for a while
Made some changes in my style
And they say you can't go home anymore
Well the streets all look the same
And I'll have to play the game
We'll all sit around in the kitchen chairs
With the TV on and the neighbors there

Out in the yard
Where my Daddy worked so hard
He never lets the crab grass grow too high
Oh, the place hasn't changed
And that's why I'm gonna feel so strange
But I'll have to face the music bye and bye

I've been gone for a while
Made some changes in my style
And they say you can't go home anymore
Well the streets all look the same
And I'll have to play the game
We'll all sit around in the kitchen chairs
With the TV on and the neighbors there

Drive into town
When this big bird touches down
I'm only comin' home to say goodbye
Then I'm gone with the wind
And I won't be seen again
Till that great suburban showdown in the sky
Till that great suburban showdown in the sky


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Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Streetlife Serenader
  • 2 Los Angelenos
  • 3 The Great Suburban Showdown
  • 4 Root Beer Rag
  • 5 Roberta
  • 6 The Entertainer
  • 7 Last of the Big Time Spenders
  • 8 Weekend Song
  • 9 Souvenir
  • 10 The Mexican Connection


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Joel
    album: Track 3 in album Streetlife Serenade
    release date: 1974-10
    popularity : 41 users have visited this page.
    length: 3:47
    producer: Michael Stewart
    lead vocals: Billy Joel
    sound engineer: Ron Malo
    composer: Billy Joel
    lyricist: Billy Joel
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin