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Elizabeth Weber Small Also Inspired A Few Other Songs

Not only was Elizabeth Weber Small mentioned in “The Piano Man,” but she also inspired more of Joel’s songs. He wrote the ballads “She’s Only a Woman” and “Just the Way You Are” about her.

elizabeth weber small with billy joel
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He thought of these songs as a tribute to her and she even asked for publishing rights.