(Written by Billy Joel) I've seen the lights go out on Broadway, I saw the Empire State laid low. And life went on beyond the palaces. The all bought Cadillacs, Left there long ago. We held a concert out in Brooklyn. To watch the Island bridges blow. It 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 life end. You know we almost didn't notice it, We see it all the time, On 42nd Street. It burned the churches up in Harlem. Like in that Spanish Civil War. The flames were everywhere, And no one really cared, It always burned up there before. I've seen the rats lie down on Broadway, And I watched the Miami skyline fall. The folks were waving at the Battery The union went on strike, They never settled at out. They sent a carrier out from Norfolk, And picked the Yankees up for free. They said the Queen could stay And threw the crowns away, And sent Manhattan out to sea. She knows those lights right on Broadway. That was so many years ago. Before we all lived here in Florida. Before the Mafia, Took over Mexico. There are too many who remember. They say a handful still survive. To tell the world about, The way the lights went out, To keep the memory alive.