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"Big Shot" was the second hit single from Billy Joel's 1978 album 52nd Street. The song was released in early-1979, just as his other hit single from that same album, "'My Life", was peaking at #3. It would soon become his second top-twenty hit of 1979, peaking at #14. Wikipedia

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Song Lyrics

Well, you went uptown ridin` in your limousine

With your fine Park Avenue clothes

You had the Dom Perignon in your hand

And the spoon up your nose

Ooh, and when you wake up in the mornin`

With your head on fire

And your eyes too bloody to see

Go on and cry in your coffee

But don`t come b*tchin` to me

Because you had to be a big shot, didn`t cha

You had to open up your mouth

You had to be a big shot, didn`t cha

All your friends were so knocked out

You had to have the last word, last night

You know what everything`s about

You had to have a white hot spotlight

You had to be a big shot last night

And they were all impressed with your Halston dress

And the people that you knew at Elaine`s

And the story of your latest success

You kept `em so entertained

But now you just don`t remember

All the things you said

And you`re not sure that you want to know

I`ll give you one hint, honey

You sure did put on a show

Yes, yes, you had to be a big shot, didn`t cha

You had to prove it to the crowd

You had to be a big shot, didn`t cha

All your friends were so knocked out

You had to have the last word, last night

You`re so much fun to be around

You had to have the front page, bold type

You had to be a big shot last night, Oh oh

Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa who-oo-oo-oo-ah,

Oh Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa.

Well, it`s no big sin to stick your two cents in

If you know when to leave it alone

But you went over the line

You couldn`t see it was time to go home

No, no, no, no, no, no

You had to be a big shot, didn`t cha

You had to open up your mouth

You had to be a big shot, didn`t cha

All your friends were so knocked out

You had to have the last word, last night

So much fun to be around

(LIVE VERSION ON 3RD CHORUS ONLY: "You know what everything`s about")

You had to have the white hot spotlight

You had to be a big shot last night, Oh oh

Oh Oh whoa whoa oh, Oh Oh whoa.

Big shot '¦ Big shot '¦ Big shot '¦ Mmmm '¦ Big shot '¦ Whoa whoa!

Big shot '¦

Submitted by Michael Hack

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Release History

Disc Track Album Year
1 1 52nd Street Studio Album 1978
1 0 Greatest Hits Volume II Album
1 0 Kohuept Album 1987
1 10 12 Gardens Live Studio Album 2006
1 10 Retro-Rock Album 1983
1 2 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert Studio Album 2000
1 1 Big Shot Single 1978
1 2 Back In The U.S.S.R. Single 1987
1 2 My Life / Big Shot Single
1 2 The Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1997 Compilation 1997
1 10 Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II Compilation 1985
1 7 Untitled Compilation 1990
1 11 A Matter Of Trust Video 1991
1 5 The Video Album - Volume II Video 1986
1 16 The Essential Video Collection Video 2001
1 13 Live From Long Island Video 1984
1 3 My Lives Compilation 2005
1 16 Movin’ Out (Original Broadway Cast) Soundtrack 2002
1 11 Live Live
1 13 1982-12-29: Long Island, NY, USA Live
1 14 Концерт Live 1987
1 2 Greatest Hits, Volume II: 1978–1985 Compilation 1994
1 9 Retold, Volume 1: The Bridge to 52nd Street Compilation
1 2 Greatest Hits, Volume I & Volume II Compilation 2002
1 8 The Hits Compilation 2010
1 8 The Hits
1 14 Kontsert: Live in Leningrad Studio Album 1987
1 2 Billy Joel Souvenir: The Ultimate Collection Studio Album 1989

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Billy Joel - 52nd Street
Track Song Title Duration
1 Big Shot 3:45
2 Honesty 3:51
3 My Life 3:51
4 Zanzibar 5:10
5 Stiletto 5:09
6 Rosalinda's Eyes 4:41
7 Half a Mile Away 4:08
8 Until the Night 6:35
9 52nd Street 2:26
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William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has ... View All »
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