The Great Wall of China

Billy Joel


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Billy Joel
album: Track 2 in album River of Dreams
release date: 1993-8-10
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
length: 5:48
producer: Danny Kortchmar
drums: Zachary Alford
vocal: Billy Joel
mixer: Niko Bolas
bass: T.M. Stevens
background vocals: Billy Joel, George Simms and Frank Simms
guitar: Danny Kortchmar and Leslie West
organ & piano: Billy Joel
percussion: James Saporito
synthesizer: Jeff Jacobs
orchestrator: Ira Newborn
lyricist: Billy Joel
composer: Billy Joel

Album Information

label: Columbia
country(area): Canada
format: CD
barcode: 074645300320
script: Latin

Cover Art

Billy Joel River of Dreams cover art


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Advice is cheap you can take it from me
Nobody knows about the trouble I've seen
It coasts too much and takes too long to find out too late
Your role was protective, your soul was too defective

If you only had a little more faith in me
reminders will still shine bright
Can't put you together the way you used to be

Too many pieces means you're touching too much
You only beat me if you get me to hate
Somebody elses life to live if they let you
To find out how fast your friends will forget you
We could have gone all the way to the Great Wall of China
Help yourself, it's all you can eat at the Empire Diner tonight
Charlie, you shoulda looked out for me

I heard your story, man, you've got to be joking
Why tear this heart out if it's only been broken?
We could've gone all the way to the Great Wall of China
In lieu of diamonds, gold, and platinum
All the king's men and all the king's horse
We could have been standing on the Great Wall Of China


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 No Man's Land
  • 2 The Great Wall of China
  • 3 Blonde Over Blue
  • 4 A Minor Variation
  • 5 Shades of Grey
  • 6 All About Soul
  • 7 Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
  • 8 The River of Dreams
  • 9 Two Thousand Years
  • 10 Famous Last Words