Vienna was written about a visit to Europe where he saw an old lady sweeping the street. At first he was shocked that people had so little respect for the elderly, until his father explained that allowing them to stay useful to society was the greatest show of respect. http://bit.ly/dC2wTV
The song recalls people Billy met during his days as a piano-lounge singer in Los Angeles, following the failure of his first album. Joel's own personal feelings about this failure are expressed in the failed dreams of the characters in his song. http://bit.ly/acyYJG
Joel wrote the song about a Russian clown named Viktor, who he met while touring the Soviet Union in 1987. The song parallels Viktor's and Joel's lives to emphasise the cultural difference between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. http://bit.ly/c0ZFV6
Joel admitted that the song was written about a restaurant called Fontana di Trevi, located across from Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. While Joel had a series of concerts there in June 1977, he frequented the restaurant. http://bit.ly/aKWAf1
The lyric "Should I get a set of whitewall tires / Are you gonna cruise the Miracle Mile?" references the miracle mile shopping district on the North Shore of Long Island in Nassau County, New York http://bit.ly/9iW9vh
Win butler explained that this song was inspired by his letter writing romance at high school. He was trying to remember that time and it was "all just coloured by this feeling of waiting". He said "the entire summer was just a feeling of anxiousness waiting for her letters. http://bit.ly/91WEDv
According to Win Butler."The feeling of that song is: if you've ever been in Williamsburg or those parts of London where everyone has the same haircut and is 30 years old... you have a lot of pressure to be part of commercial society. It's really difficult to try and navigate." http://bit.ly/dasz5g
Win butler explained in a Rolling Stone article that this track was inspired by Joe Simpson, father and manager of Jessica and Ashlee simpson. "It could be about other people, too, but it definitely applies to that family�s dynamic." http://bit.ly/a2ubBn
This song is about the dog laika that was sent into space by the Russian space program. Lead singer Win Butler explained this in an interview with Pusle magazine. "It�s a great story about a dog being the first living creature in space." [Win Butler]
In this song, the ocean represents a lack of control. "I have this image of being on the ocean at night - being moved by a wave, but not being able to see it. The natural fear in a situation like that, the sense of everything being beyond your control" [win butler] http://bit.ly/a1I5Rx
This song follows on from their previous song "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue". Tommy Ramone explained :-"Something like Carbona Not Glue has to be tongue-in-cheek. It's absurd, like saying that you should try something more poisonous". http://bit.ly/9JHqbC
According to Wikipedia, this song is based on the popular French Canadian children's song "Alouette", which means "skylark". The chorus directly references lyrics from "Alouette" including the line "Je te plumerai la t�te", which means "I shall pluck your head" http://bit.ly/aty0Tj
Lead singer James Allen explained the meaning behind the song in an interview with the Daily Record. Its "me saying I want to make things right in my life now. I don't want to get to a point where I am regretting things, as that regret can destroy anybody."
The song contains backward masked vocals taken from an interview with Jeff Lynne of E.L.O. When questioned about his own use of backward masking he replied.."anyone who can write a song played forwards and have it say something else backwards has got to be some kind of genius, and that I ain't!"