Forty Years after Song Release, Billy Joel Finally Gets to Sing Apocalyptic “Miami 2017” Near Miami in 2017!

Forty years after releasing the sci-fi song “Miami 2017”, Billy Joel has finally gotten the chance to sing it in 2017 – although it wasn’t exactly in Miami but in Fort Lauderdale, Florida just some 30 minutes away from Miami!

Billy Joel is one of the most famous singer-songwriters the world has ever seen. The accomplished artist who is also dubbed as the “Piano Man” had written and released a song back in 1976, entitled “Miami 2017”.

The apocalyptic song tells the story about the fall of New York City, of how the narrator had seen the “lights go out on Broadway” and “saw the Empire State laid low”, among other things. There were ‘ruins at his feet’ and Manhattan was sunk out to sea.

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The morbid scenes described in the song had supposedly happened ‘many years ago’ – meaning that when the narrator was singing the song from a retirement home in Miami in 2017, New York City had long been a ghost town where only a handful are still living “to tell the world about the way the lights went out and keep the memory alive”.

The song gives me goosebumps; though it is also one of Billy Joel’s most popular songs and something the singer often sings in concerts and shows despite the message being so morbid. Still, we didn’t quite expect that he would perform it to welcome 2017!

Thankfully, 2017 has arrived and New York City hasn’t fallen down like the story tells. We’re willing to bet the singer would get a chance to perform the song in Miami or in New York City before 2017 ends…

Check out this video, showing one of his best performances of “Miami 2017” taken back in 2011:

“Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)”

Seen the lights go out on broadway
I saw the Empire State laid low
And life went on beyond the Palisades
They all bought Cadillacs
And left there long ago
They held a concert out in Brooklyn
To watch the island bridges blow
They turned our power down
And drove us underground
But we went right on with the show

I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway
I saw the ruins at my feet
You know we almost didn’t notice it
We’d seen it all the time on Forty-second Street
They burned the chuches up in Harlem
Like in the Spanish civil war
The flames were ev’rywhere
But no one really cared
It always burned up there before

I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway
I’ve watched the mighty skyline fall
The boats were waiting at the battery
The union went on strike
They never sailed at all
They sent a carrier out from Norfolk
And picked the Yankees up for free
They said that Queens could stay
They blew the Bronx away
And sank Manhattan out at sea

You know those lights were bright on Broadway
That was so many years ago
Before we all lived here in Florida
Before the Mafia took over Mexico
There are not many who remember
They say a handful still survive
To tell the world about
The way the lights went out
And keep the memory alive