Billy Joel – A True American Poet

Whether you see him as a poet, musician, humanitarian, social activist or spokesman for the everyday man, Billy Joel has become an American legend whose music has transcended time and continues to connect with people now and for generations to come. His iconic lyrics and sound has been a foundation in the music industry for 40 years and it has become a part of so many lives. Enjoy this journey through the words and music of Billy Joel.

Billy Joel Journey

“They say that these are not the best of times, but they’re the only times I’ve ever known. And I believe there is a time for meditation and cathedrals of our own. Now I have seen that sad surrender in my lovers eyes and I can only stand apart and sympathize. Because we are only what our situations hand us, it’s either sadness or euphoria” – Summer Highland Falls

“You got your passion, you got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true” – Vienna

“When you touch my weary head
And you tell me everything will be all right
You say, “Use my body for your bed
And my love will keep you warm throughout the night”
Well I’ll never be a stranger and I’ll never be alone
Whenever we’re together, that’s my home” – You’re My Home

“In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

And every time I’ve held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose” – And So It Goes

“I know you’re an emotional girl
It took a lot for you to not lose your faith in this world
I can’t offer you proof
But you’re gonna face a moment of truth
It’s hard when you’re always afraid
You just recover when another belief is betrayed
So break my heart if you must
It’s a matter of trust” – Matter of Trust

“While in these days of quiet desperation
As I wander through the world in which I live
I search everywhere for some new inspiration
But it’s more than cold reality can give
If I need a cause for celebration
Or a comfort I can use to ease my mind
I rely on my imagination
And I dream of an imaginary time” – Everybody Has a Dream

“I was a bayman like my father was before
Can’t make a living as a bayman anymore
There ain’t much future for a man who works the sea
But there ain’t no island left for islanders like me” – Downeaster Alexa

“This night is mine
It’s only you and I
Tomorrow
Is a long time away
This night can last forever” – This Night

“Well we all fall in love
But we disregard the danger
Though we share so many secrets
There are some we never tell
Why were you so surprised
That you never saw the stranger
Did you ever let your lover see
The stranger in yourself?” – The Stranger

“It’s not always easy to be living in this world of pain
You’re gonna be crashing into stone walls again and again
It’s alright, it’s alright, though you feel your heart break
You’re only human, you’re gonna have to deal with heartache” – You’re Only Human

“These are the last words I have to say
That’s why this took so long to write
There will be other words some other day
But that’s the story of my life

There’s comfort in my coffee cup and apples in the early fall
They’re pulling all the moorings up and gathering at the Legion Hall
They swept away all the streamers after the Labor Day parade
Nothing left for a dreamer now, only one final serenade

And these are the last words I have to say
Before another age goes by
With all those other songs I’ll have to play
But that’s the story of my life” – Famous Last Words

Compelete Billy Joel Discography

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One thought on “Billy Joel – A True American Poet

  1. I really like Billy Joel. I saw him several years ago in Vegas with Elton John and I’m telling you both artists were superior to any others I’ve seen. Amazing talent! Thanks for the tribute and history of one of the best.

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