Thursday, January 20, 2011

Remembering What's Beyond the Gate

It's been a challenging year so far. Changes, adjustments and crises are appearing at every turn. I'm getting better at applying my 2011 life principles, but it's been a tough start. Today, Billy Joel's song, "Vienna," came on my iPod mix and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Don't you love when that happens?

So instead of me "waxing lyrical" on today's post, I thought I would let his song lyrics do the talking. While Billy Joel has his own back story for the song, "Vienna" reminds me to slow down and not take the hustle and bustle of life so seriously. Because in the end, things that really matter -- family, friends, life, "Vienna" -- await.

By the way, when Billy Joel was asked in 2008 by the New York Times to identify his favorite song from his career, "Vienna" was one of the two he mentioned.
"Vienna" by Billy Joel
From the album, The Stranger (1977)

Slow down you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart tell me why
You are still so afraid?

Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you an just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you

Slow down you're doing fine
You can't be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it's so romantic on the borderline tonight
Too bad but it's the life you lead
You're so ahead of yourself
That you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you're wrong

But you know you can't always see when you're right
You got your passion you got your pride
But don't you know only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook
And disappeaar for a while
It's alright you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you.

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