Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
I don't hear "ax" in that song. He clearly says "ask" As far as I know he is from Long Island. The "ax" thing is more Queens and Brooklyn.
Well, I'm a big fan of his, and I've listened to the song millions of times, but it (=the part at 2:23 in the video clip above) sounds like "ax" to me.

Here are the lyrics:

All the waiters in your grand cafe
Leave their tables when you blink
Oh, every dog must have his everyday
Every drunk must have his drink
Don't wait for answers
Just take your chances
Don't ask me why

All your life you've had to stand in line
Still you're standing on your feet
Oh, all your choices make you change your mind

Now your calendar's complete
Don't wait for answers
Just take your chances
Don't ask me why

Umm, you can say the human heart is only make-believe
But I am only fighting fire with fire
You are still the victim of the accidents you leave
As sure as I'm a victim of desire

All the servants in your new hotel
Throw their roses at your feet
Oh, fool them all but baby I can tell
You're no stranger to the street
Don't ask for favors
Don't talk to strangers
Don't "ax" me why
(This is the part I'm talking about.)

(break)

Yesterday you were an only child
Now your ghosts have gone away
Oh, you can kill them in the classic style
Now you parlez-vous francais
Don't look for answers
You took your chances
Don't ask me why
Don't ask me why

When he comes to that part, he always sings "ax". (Well, it sounds like it to me.)
And that's why I said "he might be doing it intentionally."

Here's another clip from Youtube: Billy Joel - Don't Ask Me Why - YouTube
(Please listen carefully at 2:12)