Baby Grand – Billy Joel & Ray Charles


You want to listen to two piano geniuses? Then this is the right song for you, bluesy Baby Grand, written by Billy Joel who invited his inspiration Ray Charles to duet with him. Ray obliged and did a wonderful part in it. His voice is so powerful and unmistakable. His phrasing is flawless. But, for me, the ad-libs especially those that Ray naturally inserted just did it adding spontaneity to the whole thing. Not only were both dueting vocally, but observably their pianos, too.

Here’s the youtube link – What’s good in this link is the few seconds of raw footage of pre-takes with both artists just having fun with the song. Warming up probably and the end-part clapping is not part of the record of course.

The lyrics are a stroke of genius as well, the parallelism to real-life lover is all clear.

Baby Grand (duet w/Ray Charles) Lyrics

Late at night
When it’s dark and cold
I reach out
For someone to hold
When I’m blue
When I’m lonely
She comes through
She’s the only one who can
My baby grand
Is all I need

In my time
I’ve wandered everywhere
Around this world
She would always be there
Any day
Any hour
All it takes
Is the power in my hands
This baby grand’s
Been good to me

I’ve had friends
But they slipped away
I’ve had fame
But it doesn’t stay
I’ve made fortunes
Spent them fast enough
As for women
They don’t last with just one man
But baby grand
Will stand by me

They say that no one’s gonna play this on the radio
They said the melancholy blues were dead and gone
But only songs like these
Played in minor keys
Keep those memories holding on

I’ve come far
From the life I strayed in
I’ve got scars
From those dives I played in
Now I’m home
And I’m weary
In my bones
Every dreary one night stand
But baby grand
Came home with me

Ever since this gig began
My baby grand’s
Been good to me


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