Okay, what I'm really interested in is this- what does the song mean?
My boyfriend and I discussed this at length on day, with no consensus.
He said it was just Joel doing a rundown of things that have happenned in his lifetime.
The thing about that is, there's a negative tone cast onto it- the quote I pasted above, plus it also seems like he ends each verse with something negative-
"trouble in the sewage"
"JFK blown away, what else do I have to say?"
"Rock & Roll & Cola wars, I can't take it anymore!"
But, he also goes namedropping- Elvis, Kerouac, Hemingway... unless he means the death of these people? I'm having trouble orienting everything in its order, I'm not all that jazzed up on contemporary American history (my bad, should have hit that class up in high school...) but my boyfriend tells me all the events are chronologically arranged, and that seems about right...
It just doesn't seem that everything he cites in the song is negative... I mean, c'mon, John Glenn? I don't know the song ver batim (yet) so I guess I might be taking things out of context...