Who Sang The Downeaster "Alexa"? Billy Joel

Billy Joel Storm Front cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1989-10-4
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: Pop Rock/Ballad/Classic Rock
length: 3:45
producer: Billy Joel and Mick Jones
lead vocals: Billy Joel
mixer: Tom Lordā€Alge
engineer: Jay Healy
electric bass guitar: Schuyler Deale
guitar: David Brown
accordion: Billy Joel and Dominic Cortese
fiddle: Itzhak Perlman
synthesizer: Jeff Jacobs
drums (drum set): Liberty DeVitto
Clavinet: Billy Joel
assistant engineer: David Dorn, Tim Crish, Dana Becker, Gary Solomon, Suzanne Hollander and Joe Pirerra
Lyrics
Well I'm on the Downeaster Alexa
And I'm cruising through Block Island Sound
I have charted a course to the vineyard
But tonight I am Nantucket bound

We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday
Left this morning from the bell in Gardiner's Bay
Like all the locals here I've had to sell my home
Too proud to leave I worked my fingers to the bone

So I could own my Downeaster Alexa
And I go where the ocean is deep
There are giants out there in the canyons
And a good captain can't fall asleep

I got bills to pay and children who need clothes
I know there's fish out there but where God only knows
They say these waters aren't what they used to be
But I got people back on land who count on me

So if you see my Downeaster Alexa
And if you work with the rod and the reel
Tell my wife I am trolling Atlantis
And I still have my hands on the wheel

Now I drive my Downeaster Alexa
More and more miles from shore every year
Since they tell me I can't sell no stripers
And there's no luck in sword fishing here

I was a bay man like my father was before
Can't make a living as a bay man anymore
There ain't much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain't no island left for islanders like me

Yeah yeah yeah oh

Yeah yeah yeah oh

Yeah yeah yeah oh

Yeah yeah yeah oh

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 That's Not Her Style
  • 2 We Didn't Start the Fire
  • 3 The Downeaster "Alexa"
  • 4 I Go to Extremes
  • 5 Shameless
  • 6 Storm Front
  • 7 Leningrad
  • 8 State of Grace
  • 9 When in Rome
  • 10 And So It Goes

  • Release information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 074644436624
    script: Latin