Billy Joel – Only the good die young (testo)


“Come out, Virginia, don’t let me wait
you Catholic girls start much too late
but sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one
they showed you a statue and told you to pray
they built you a temple and locked you away
but they never told you the price that you pay
for things that you might have done…
only the good die young

You might have heard I run with a dangerous crowd
we ain’t too pretty, we ain’t too proud
we might be laughing a bit too loud
but that never hurt no one
so, come on, Virginia, show me a sign
send up a signal I’ll throw you the line
the stained-glass curtain you’re hiding behind
never lets in the sun
darling, only the good die young

You got a nice white dress
and a party on your confirmation
you got a brand new soul
and a cross of gold
but, Virginia, they didn’t give you
quite enough information
you didn’t count on me
when you were counting on your rosary

They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait
some say it’s better but I say it ain’t
I’d rather laugh with the sinners
than cry with the saints
the sinners are much more fun…
you know that only the good die young

You say your mother told you all
that I could give you was a reputation
she never cared for me
but did she ever say a prayer for me?

Come out, come out, come out
Virginia, don’t let me wait
you Catholic girls start much too late
but sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one,
you know that only the good die young
tell you baby
you know that only the good die young
only the good die young
only the good
only the good die young”.


Billy Joel, Only the good die young
(Billy Joel)
Album: The stranger (1978)
Singolo: “Only the good die young / Get It Right the First Time” (1978)

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Only the Good Die Young is a song from Billy Joel‘s 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. It was the third of four singles released from the album. The song was controversial for its time, with the lyrics written from the perspective of a young man determined to deflower a Catholic girl. The song was inspired by a high school crush of Joel’s, Virginia Callahan. The boy/narrator believes that the girl is refusing him because she comes from a religious Catholic family and that she believes premarital sex is sinful. He sings, “You Catholic girls start much too late / but sooner or later it comes down to fate / I might as well be the one“. Attempts to censor the song only made it more popular, after religious groups considered it anti-Catholic, and pressured radio stations to remove it from their playlists. “When I wrote ‘Only the Good Die Young‘, the point of the song wasn’t so much anti-Catholic as pro-lust,” Joel told Performing Songwriter magazine. “The minute they banned it, the album started shooting up the charts”. In a 2008 interview, Joel also pointed out one part of the lyrics that virtually all the song’s critics missed – the boy in the song failed to get anywhere with the girl, and she kept her chastity.
A demo, included in the box set My Lives, is a slower, reggae version of the song. Joel reprised the song’s motif in this version with a church organ. Joel has stated publicly that he changed the reggae beat to a shuffle beat at the request of his long time drummer, Liberty DeVitto, who hated reggae music”.

(Wikipedia, voce Only the Good Die Young)


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