100 Songs of Summer #30 “The Downeaster Alexa” by Billy Joel

If your just loving the idea that the top 100 Songs of Summer Countdown is approaching the finale, then you are going to love the next song that we’ve selected. Anybody up for some fishing in Montauk?

Hamptons 100 Songs of Summer #30

“The Downeaster Alexa” by Billy Joel

There are few men in the world who the ability to truly capture the magical powers of the ocean through music. Billy Joel is one of those men and he does it with this 1989 hit that places your imagination in the middle of the chaotic life of men who live off the land. Joel describes the life and hardships of a commercial fisherman in Montauk perfectly, and the story remains relevant to this day.

Here’s some pop trivia for you, Joel was inspired by the name Alexa so much that he named his daughter Alexa Ray. The song represents the working man in the Hamptons during the summer time, also known as Bonackers, who heroically, year after year, put lobster on your dinner plate. So enjoy tuna tar tar and you clam sauce, just don’t forget that there are some white knuckled men and women out there who are making it happen. Happy summer.

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