Billy Joel - Where's the Orchestra? Lyrics

Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain cover art
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Where's the orchestra?
Wasn't this supposed to be a musical?
Here I am
In the balcony,
How the hell could I have missed the overture?

I like the scenery
Even though, I have absolutely no, idea at all,
What is being said, despite the dialogue,
There's the leading man

The movie star who never faced an audience
Where's the orchestra?
After all, this is my big night on the town
My introduction to the theatre crowd

I assumed that the show would have a song
So I was wrong
At least I understand
All the innuendo and the irony

And I appreciate,
The roles the actors played
The point the author made
And after the closing lines,

And after the curtain calls,
The curtain falls
On empty chairs,
Where's the orchestra?

Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Allentown
  • 2 Laura
  • 3 Pressure
  • 4 Goodnight Saigon
  • 5 She's Right on Time
  • 6 A Room of Our Own
  • 7 Surprises
  • 8 Scandanavian Skies
  • 9 Where's the Orchestra?


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Joel
    album: Track 9 in album The Nylon Curtain
    release date: 1982
    popularity : 90 users have visited this page.
    length: 3:20
    Album Information
    label: CBS/Sony
    country(area): Japan
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin