May 28, 2016


Billy Joel Cheekily Dedicates 'The Entertainer' to Donald Trump

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Hey, Trump: We're pretty sure that any song stressing a sentiment along the lines of "I won't be here in another year / If I don't stay on the charts" isn't a rousing endorsement, but do you.

Last night in New York, Billy Joel was in the middle of the latest show of his endless Madison Square Garden residency when he stopped for a beat and dedicated a song to the Republican presidential fronrunner, saying that Trump has kept him "very entertained these past few months." He then launched into "The Entertainer," the hit off 1974's Streetlife Serenade that has the Piano Man sarcastically singing of the highs and lows of his life as a musician.

Trump was stoked when he heard that Joel singled him out. For someone who's supposedly so into his music, you'd think the Donald would want to know if Joel was laughing at him or with him with his song choice:

Again: This is a tune that's basically a sell-out anthem, and "I've learned to dance with a hand in my pants / I let 'em rub my neck and I write 'em a check / And they go their merry way" are merely a couple lines of several that stress how fickle and fake fame can be.

Still, that could've been Joel endorsing Trump's presidential campaign, or he could be of the musicians outraged at the prospect of the billionaire moving into the Oval Office. We're guessing the latter: There's little to glean from Joel's song choice, and kindness definitely isn't a part of that equation.