Billy Joel's 'The Stranger' at 40: A Track-by-Track Guide

The Piano Man was on the verge of getting dropped by his label when he unleashed the biggest album of his career

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"She's Always a Woman"

"She's Always a Woman" is one of many songs Joel wrote in the 1970s about his wife Elizabeth Weber. She was his manager for a period of time, which upset a lot of old-school music business folks who didn't like seeing a woman in a position of power. "I wrote it as a commentary on women in business being persecuted and insulted," Joel said, "talked about as if they were somehow not feminine because of their business acumen." They divorced in 1982, but that hasn't stopped him from singing the song in concert. 

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