Billy Joel - Don't Ask Me Why Lyrics




All the waiters in your grand cafe
Leave their tables when you blink
Every dog must have his everyday
Every drunk must have his drink
Don't wait for answers
Just take your chances
Don't ask me why

All your life you had to stand in line
Still you're standing on your feet
All your choices made you change your mind
Now your calender's complete
Don't wait for answers
Just take your chances
Don't ask me why

You can say the human heart
Is only make-believe
And I am only fighting fire with fire
But you are still a victim
Of the accidents you leave
As sure as I'm a victim of desire

All the servants in your new hotel
Throw their roses at your feet
Fool them all but baby I can tell
You're no stranger to the street
Don't ask for favors
Don't talk to strangers
Don't ask me why

Yesterday you were an only child
Now your ghosts have gone away
You can kill them in the classic style
Now you "parlez-vous francais"
Don't look for answers
You took your chances
Don't ask me why
Don't ask me why





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Billy Joel Don't Ask Me Why Comments
  1. James Lisle

    What an incredibly underrated Billy Joel song!

  2. Punchybox Rules

    And I’m only 12

  3. Rosa Linhares

    This song is fantastic

  4. Rosa Linhares

    Very cool
    love Billy Joel

  5. Deca Cards52

    This could almost be a country song.

  6. Mariana Galvez

    The Best

  7. Steven Ginsberg

    As a 14 year old, I sat down with a tape recorder, and played the entire song, phrase-by-phrase, and wrote down the lyrics, so I could learn them.

  8. 浩二山口

    このアルバムのジャケット懐かしいな今も家の何処にある筈🎵🎶

  9. ConsumerWarrior

    I remember hearing this song all over the radio when I was a kid.

  10. David Crawford

    Man, I bought this album when it first came out. Timeless music

  11. SW627

    I hear the Beatles in this big time.

  12. Andy Anderson

    All the waiters in your grand cafe
    Leave their tables when you blink
    Every dog must have his everyday
    Every drunk must have his drink
    Don't wait for answers
    Just take your chances
    Don't ask me why

    All your life you had to stand in line
    Still you're standing on your feet
    All your choices made you change your mind
    Now your calender's complete
    Don't wait for answers
    Just take your chances
    Don't ask me why

    You can say the human heart
    Is only make-believe
    And I am only fighting fire with fire
    But you are still a victim
    Of the accidents you leave
    As sure as I'm a victim of desire

    All the servants in your new hotel
    Throw their roses at your feet
    Fool them all but baby I can tell
    You're no stranger to the street
    Don't ask for favors
    Don't talk to strangers
    Don't ask me why

    Yesterday you were an only child
    Now your ghosts have gone away
    You can kill them in the classic style
    Now you "parlez-vous francais"
    Don't look for answers
    You took your chances
    Don't ask me why
    Don't ask me why

  13. Nilaiah Harris-Jones

    Billy Joel is one of the best singer-songwriters ever and he just keep going stronger and stronger

  14. Martha Reyna

    My favorite ~~Billy Joel~~ SONG❤️🎤🎼🎶🎵🎶

  15. Rosa Linhares

    Todas as músicas de Billy Joel são espetaculares.
    Great artist.

  16. IETCHX69

    This bass player is on a level , *NO ONE ELSE IS AWARE OF* .

    supaordie

    I'm very aware my friend. Too bad Mr. Stegmeyer passed away.....

  17. Juan Manuel Delcán Castilla

    QUE BUENOS RECUERDOS DE CUANDO YO ERA ADOLESCENTE

  18. Ethan Peterson

    Don't axe me why.

  19. Marc P Coderre

    This has a sort of Paul McCartney vibe to it. Some versions of his original greatest have Honesty in place of this. When they made the CD version they added additional tracks like Captain Jack, Italian Restaurant, She's got a way. Why didn't they find room for both Honesty and Don't ask me why?

  20. Riddley Diddley

    This is the first and really only Billy Joel song I've ever liked. Sad and beauteous

  21. Phil Ouze

    Layne Staley loved this album to bits. Source: his step-brother Ken Elmer.
    RIP Layne.

  22. srtjhsr zdfhk;gおあいdfはえ;

    メロディからそのように思うのでしょうか?この曲は南国のイメージがあります

  23. Kirk Cekada

    Possibly his best album -- it's my favorite. Stranger and Nylon Curtain tied for second.

  24. Moemedi-Mooms Mooms-Pac Shakur

    The Orville s02e04

  25. 大谷龍夫

    自分が初めてビリーの曲を耳にしたのはソニーのオーディオのCMに使用されたこの曲と記憶しています。確か小学3、4年でした。

  26. Jose Luis Arenas Prado

    I love this beautiful song since I am a teenager... I miss you 80s.

  27. Marshall Lancaster

    I play this and I thank my parents for having me at the right time: Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd St, Glass Houses, Songs in the Attic, Innocent Man.

  28. Darren Merritt

    My favourite. I can listen to this on a loop and listen to it at least 4 times

  29. Gustavo Arroyo

    Means like a McCartney’s song of Revolver (1966)

  30. Beto Fernandez

    One of my favorite songs

  31. TreyTreyTrey

    Orville brought me here

    ChrisCa1601

    Same here.

  32. Larry Legendary

    LEGENDARY

  33. ROGELIO LEON DORANTES

    yo tengo este disco en vynil pero ya no se oye bien esta padrisimo

  34. MammottPlays

    Sounds like a Disney song

  35. Wilber Portillo

    Hes nice he came to my first grade concert thanks

    DP Plays

    That’s cool man

  36. Angie Melanie

    Que cuerpazo, que hombre tan sexy 😘

  37. Ems468

    Ah this song always makes me feel so happy!

  38. J-A

    I always thought this was a Beatles song when I was a kid.

  39. Omar Agueda Centeno

    Truly a masterpiece, brings back good memories

  40. juan chauca

    excelente canción de mi generación

  41. Rémy Macca

    Billy took a page out of McCartney's book here:)

    johnnydelbravo

    John Lennon wrote a great song called "Ask Me Why" way back in '63.

  42. Erwin Garrido

    Good song!!

  43. Six String Steve

    I've always loved this song and just now realized it sounds like it could easily have been a Paul McCartney song.

  44. Peter Wood

    Bo Didley

  45. Avalon Jack

    The heck is wrong with those 36?

  46. Mr. Creepy Fox Entertainment

    We lost some great musicians

    Ryan Smith

    He ain't dead

  47. Mr. Creepy Fox Entertainment

    All a music lover could ask for

  48. Billy Buono's Music

    I hate when he says don’t AX me why. It pisses me off every time. Still one of his best songs though.

    //STΞΞZ//

    why do you hate it?

    Ken Perk

    When does he say AX? All I hear is ASS.

  49. Micaela Clifford

    Don't ask me why this song just made my day, first time hearing this one, thank you Lord

    Michael Berg

    Oh boy. A pleasant surprise, I'm sure

  50. Nick G

    the song is saying live your life like u want Don't ask Billy Joel why

    Rosa Linhares

    this song is gorgeous
    Love Billy joel

  51. FlyAVersatran

    I always misheard a lyric in this song, i thought -for 40 years- he said

    "...you are just a victim of the accidents you keep..."

    I actually like my misinterpretation better.

    {You're welcome to take the idea, Billy. I won't press the ©.}

  52. claudio baschetti

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO-aacTaREw

  53. DrTroy Turner

    https://youtu.be/20Vfp7MyZBs

  54. Lupton2000

    My favorite version of this song was the duet with Billy Joel and Harry Connick Jr:)

  55. jenna e

    Freaks and geekssss

  56. Nando Tejada

    Like if you´re listening this in 2050!!!

    Nick Johnson

    No I'm in 2051

    christian parker

    2259 the song is very popular

  57. Rosa Linhares

    Great song
    wonderful Billy

  58. 'Atu Louaki Lasitani

    Don't talk to strangers. ...don't ask me why, ...thanks Billy 👌❤

  59. 'Atu Louaki Lasitani

    Old school is the best ❤

  60. 'Atu Louaki Lasitani

    He's so cool love his music ....

  61. Rosa Linhares

    great song
    wonderful Voice. Billy is the best artist in My life

  62. dr troy turner

    The best compliment I can give is this is the sole BJ song that could be confused for a Beatles/Wings/McCartney song.

  63. Voisselaing Christophe Christophe

    BILLY JOËL AND BILLY SWAN THE VERRY, VERRY, VERRY BEST, CA C'ÉTAIT DE LA VRAIE MUSIK QUE L'ON OUBLIERA JAMAIS, TANK YOU VERRY MUCH

  64. edward loayza

    Sounds like "I will "from the Beatles - White Album

    Link

    edward loayza Underrated song. One of my Paul favorites.

    Rémy Macca

    Great that you mention it but I will is much slower:)

  65. ID’s Aviation

    Don't AKS me why

  66. Xavier Jewett

    +Preston BlueRhyno yes he is, I love almost all of his hits, Big Shot, My Life, You May Be Right, Movin Out, Just the Way You Are etc.

  67. RODRIGO GONZALO ARANDA YEVENES

    excelente tema de un idolo dé los ochentas..

  68. Nacho Gallardo

    This song makes me think of France; I don´t know why. Don´t ask me why

    jenna e

    Nacho Gallardo me too!

    Ems468

    Is it because there's French in it?

    Nacho Gallardo

    But... forgetting that fact, it transmits the french essence with the rythm.

    Not My Cup Of Tea

    Yeah, makes you think of a sort of fancy French hotel or something like that. I love it!

    Mariana Gonzalez

    it's the piano solo.

  69. Preston BlueRhyno

    Billy Joel is the BEST!!!!!👏 I can't get enough

    Patty Trowbridge

    Preston BlueRhyno yes he is

    Rylee Lehman

    me neither!!

  70. Muscledriver 7

    Good Song for driving in a summer day with light traffic

  71. Jose Jadiel Aviles Lujano

    not today TOP?!

  72. Dominique Temple

    Dude sounds like Stewie Griffin XD

    JoeJoe

    pfft. you try and sing this

    SadSavage Something

    Dominique Temple
    You shouldn’t disrespect legends....

    Kevin Oscar

    I think it sounds like a Mccartney song

  73. Kieran Bray

    Been searching for this song for months - keep hearing it on the radio at work!! So pleased I've finally found it! :)

  74. Erik Ferrer Monroy

    Una de mis favoritas...

  75. Gregory Boyce

    I'm a metal kid at heart....but good is good....and this song is wonderful

    Mr. Giraffe

    Metal heads have a much more diverse musical taste. I live Billy Joel. I'd go so far as giving him credit for getting me into Rock and Roll. Him and KISS. The rest is history.

    Nick Levesque

    I'm exactly the same

    Rylee Lehman

    true that!!

    gameroftheyear1000

    I’m a hair metal and hard rock guy. We’re talking like ratt, poison, Van Halen, kiss, dokken, Cinderella etc you get where I’m going with this. But I also have a spot for artist like Billy Joel, Elton John, David Bowie, etc. I’m especially a big Billy Joel fan!

  76. Ivo De Gortari

    DeMarco 🖖🏻😉

    mrkhan

    lol, just watched the interview

    Babs DeMarco

    you already know

    'Atu Louaki Lasitani

    +Jean Yagüé
    Yes indeed ☺ she is!

  77. Daman Yocum

    Billy's about to huck a rock at that house-somebody stop him! sorry I couldn't resist : ) love the song

    Daman Yocum

    You may be right-but don't ask me why

    0okamino

    There's a reverse side photo of him looking out of the house through the resulting broken window, but he's wearing a coat and tie instead of the leather jacket.

    Daman Yocum

    @0okamino I was not aware of that-interesting 

    Kimberly Bogdon

    Daman Yocum rofl

    Ems468

    Too late! He chucked it at the beginning of "You May Be Right"!

  78. NeonExtra

    Was i the only one that wrote dont ask me why by accident in google and this appeared?

  79. Astrologer Patricia

    Cool, Latinized Billy Joel. Enjoyed that instrumental break with a salsa flavor.

    amazed66

    You should maybe search for his song Rosalinda's Eyes too then.

    0okamino

    There are live performances in which he has salsa dancers on stage for that part. :)

  80. Audfile

    I always thought this was a Paul McCartney song. He sounds exactly like him. Was Billy Joel a cover band initially?

    Mann akathehundredkboy

    Audfile lol

    Jonathan Rose

    They have similar low tenor voices. And Billy was definitely influenced by Paul as well as John. I hear the influence of both of them as well as Dylan (if only by extension).

    Lily Rose

    OH MY GOSH NOOO WAY

    mark varon

    @Rima Lyn mccartney has no classical training

    Rima Lyn

    @mark varon Hey, by 'classical' I meant jazz and standards vs. rock and roll. Since his dad was a trumpet player, he had a lot more exposure to classic stuff (c. 1960) and musical knowledge than the other Beatles when they first hooked up. Meaning he knew some music theory, etc. etc. vs. John's raw instinct. ")

  81. Clara Torres

    All the waiters in you grand cafe
    leave their tables when you blink
    every dog must have his everyday
    every drunk must have his drink
    don't wait for answers
    just take your chances
    don't ask me why
    All your life you had to stand in line
    still you're standing on your feet
    all your choices made you change your mind
    now your calendar's complete
    don't wait for answers
    just take your chances
    don't ask me why
    You can say the human heart is only make believe
    and i am only fighting fire with fire
    but you are still a victim
    of the accidents you leave
    as sure as i'm a victim of desire
    All the servants in your new hotel
    throw their roses at your feet
    fool them all but baby i can tell
    you're no stranger to the street
    don't ask for favors
    don't talk to strangers
    don't ask me why
    Yesterday you were an only child
    now your ghosts have gone away
    you can kill them in the classic style
    now you, "parlez vous francais"
    don't look for answers
    you took your chances
    don't ask me why
    don't ask me why

    Jaivin Allman

    Clara Torres

    Nicole Lyu

    Clara Torres i

    Rick Shelton

    friggin awesome

    Gus.s Enterprise

    Gracias Clara por tener la deferencia de colocar las letras! abrazo!

    CrossmanTV1

    Thanks for the Lyrics!

  82. bernard dzialach

    tout l'album d'ou est tiré ce titre est bon.

    The Fandom Menace

    Now you parlez-vous Français?

  83. Hunter James

    has the same style as 52nd Street

    Ridge Patterson

    My thoughts exactly. Kind of like "Zanzibar" and maybe even "Rosalinda's Eyes".

  84. Joe Mel

    Hillary CXlinton ?

  85. Angie Melanie

    esa si es música no mama....s.

    German Gonzales

    Así es está Hermosa Pieza Musical. De Inicios de los años 80s

  86. James Edgar

    "Don't ask for favors, don't talk to strangers, don't AKS me why." I always wondered if that slip of "aks" instead of "ask" was by design....

    Joseph Charles

    I doubt it was a slip, since every live version I have heard of this song has the same pronunciation. Or, if it was originally a slip, it seems he embraced it. I've always wondered about it, too. 

    Patty Trowbridge

    Cosmic Rationale love the picture i am huge billy joel fan

    0okamino

    Probably intentional since he's singing about an upscale lifestyle, and then he goes back to the streets, so he goes back to that sort of vernacular.

    Jonathan Rose

    Undoubtedly intentional.

    utub

    He doesn't do it every other time he says that word...

  87. Miguel Angel Flores Cardó

    Sweet melody ..!

  88. Daniel Trevino

    Timeless.

  89. Victoria Susan Baldwin

    Don't ask me why". love this song!!!