Billy Joel - The Great Wall of China Lyrics

Billy Joel River of Dreams cover art
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Advice is cheap you can take it from me
It's your's to keep cause opinions are free
Nobody knows about the trouble I've seen
Nobody's perfect, mister, nobody's clean
It coasts too much and takes too long to find out too late
Some words aren't heard 'til after they're spoken
Your role was protective, your soul was too defective
Some people just don't have a heart to be broken

We could've gone all the way to the Great Wall of China
If you only had a little more faith in me
In lieu of diamonds, gold, and platinum
reminders will still shine bright
All the king's men and all the king's horse
Can't put you together the way you used to be
We could have been standing on the Great Wall Of China

You take a piece of whatever you touch
Too many pieces means you're touching too much
You never win if you can't play it straight
You only beat me if you get me to hate
It must be so lonely to think that you have only
Somebody elses life to live if they let you
I ain't too selective, but it don't take no detective
To find out how fast your friends will forget you

We could have gone all the way to the Great Wall of China
Now all you're going to be is history
Help yourself, it's all you can eat at the Empire Diner tonight
You coulda had class, you coulda been a contender
Charlie, you shoulda looked out for me
You could have been standing, standing on the Great Wall of China

This was not your calling, just look how far you've fallen
I heard your story, man, you've got to be joking
Keep things in perspective, this is my true objective
Why tear this heart out if it's only been broken?

We could've gone all the way to the Great Wall of China
If you only had a little more faith in me
In lieu of diamonds, gold, and platinum
reminders will still shine bright
All the king's men and all the king's horse
Can't put you together the way you used to be
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


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Joel
    album: Track 2 in album River of Dreams
    release date: 1993-8-10
    popularity : 142 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: Leslie West and Danny Kortchmar
    piano & organ: 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