The Downeaster "Alexa" by Billy Joel

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"The Downeaster 'Alexa'" is a song originally written, produced, and performed by Billy Joel for his eleventh studio album 'Storm Front'. The album itself went to number one. While the song is about a fictional person, it decries the plight of the Long Island Baymen (known locally as Bubbies). The Baymen represent a dying breed of people who, like farmers, work the environment to provide for their families. Honourable men and women being forced out of their livelihoods as much by the creep of urban society and government regulation as the decline of fish stocks. Joel has even been arrested while protesting with them. Alexa is the name of Billy Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray Joel. The Alexa was a Newman 46 fibreglass hull custom. The hull was based on the Maine lobster boats known as a "downeaster," which should not be confused with the pleasure craft built by the Downeaster company. #ILikeHimHopeYouDoToo.   2

jovisgoesnuts 5 Apr 2014

...last one was faulty, try this great one instead.   5

jovisgoesnuts 11 Sep 2015

I got bills to pay and children who need clothes. I know there're fish out there but where God only knows.

adityasalapaka 13 Apr 2015

One of the all-time greatest artists of this era.

SmyLee 30 Aug 2013

A very heartfelt song, about a man struggling to earn a living at sea. The tune & lyrics: wonderful.   5

PeteLaberge 5 May 2013

There are a lot of unknowns about my future right now, but if the Bubbies (fisherman) can muster through then so can I.

Cleops 29 Mar 2015