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Other Billy Joel songs

Roberta: about a prostitute that Billy Joel likes in a romantic way

Sometimes a Fantasy: phone sex

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant: two guido types who get married

All for Leyna: unrequited love (but not as deep as his earliest songs about unrequited love)

Miami 2017: an imaginary future when Manhattan is all but abandoned (thus the lights have gone out on Broadway). That’s the danger of extrapolating current trends (the song was written in 1976) into the future; we know now that the opposite has happened. However, Joel was sort of correct about Mexico being taken over by the mafia, because drug cartels are running amok down there.

The Ballad of Billy the Kid: the history of the bank robber Billy the Kid, who was good at robbing banks but because of his youthful short non-alpha appearance was too shy around women to have a lover. For Billy the Kid, becoming a bank robber may have been an early form of beta-male rage.

Also, you may enjoy my previous post about Billy Joel’s house in Sag Harbor.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 13, 2016 at 9:36 am

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  1. A realy stupid singer. Nothing better to sing about then prostitutes and phone sex? A gutter musician, that will sink into oblivion. This content interests you? This is intellectual to you? I’m disappointed in you Lion.


    May 13, 2016 at 11:12 am

    • Let’s face it, hookers are interesting. I once knew a gorgeous 20-year old Mexican chick in Oakland. She had no problem doing all sorts of nasty stuff, but she wouldn’t let me go down on her. She said, “only my boyfriend gets to eat me.”


      May 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      • That comment was tasteless.

        Mark Caplan

        May 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      • A comment worthy of an ‘intellectual’ , who appreciated the ‘art’ of Billy Joel. The ‘art’ has the vulgar treatment of man’s biological functions as it’s prominent feature. It’s a race to the bottom, where, again, the Jews are prominent. Why can’t Jews be normal? (This is a rhetorical question and I’m not looking for the answer).


        May 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      • You’re lucky. Otherwise your face would have rotted away.



        May 13, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    • In 1980 decadent America, piano-playing clown hoards personal phone for talk sex.

      In 1980 Soviet Russia, peace-loving worker shares phone made from potato to exhort his comrades to fulfill Five-Year Plan!


      May 13, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    • A Poem Yakov would appreciate:

      Reason will be replaced by Revelation. Instead of Rational Law, objective
      truths perceptible to any who will undergo the necessary intellectual
      discipline, and the same for all, knowledge will degenerate into a riot of
      subjective visions – …, angelic images generated by fevers of drugs, dream
      warnings inspired by the sound of falling waters. Whole cosmogonies will be
      created out of some forgotten personal resentment, complete epics written in
      private languages, the daubs of school children ranked above the greatest

      Idealism will be replaced by Materialism. …. Life after death will be an
      eternal dinner party where all the guests are twenty years old. …the need
      of the materialistic Masses for some visible Idol to worship will be driven
      into totally unsocial channels where no education can reach it…

      Justice will be replaced by Pity as the cardinal human virtue, and all fear
      of retribution will vanish. …every crook will argue: “I like committing
      crimes. God likes forgiving them. Really, the world is admirably arranged.”
      …The New Aristocracy will consist exclusively of hermits, bums, and
      permanent invalids. The Rough Diamond, the Consumptive Whore, the bandit who
      is good to his mother, the epileptic girl who has a way with animals will be
      the heroes and heroines of the New Tragedy, when the general, the statesman,
      the philosopher have become the butt of every farce and satire.

      W. H. AUDEN, For the Time Being – A Christmas Oratorio, in The Collected
      Poetry of W. H. Auden (Random House, New York, 1945).


      May 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm

  2. Actually, the song’s title is “Sometimes a fantasy.” But now I know what he meant by “sometimes a fantasy is all you need.” Believe it or not, “Captain Jack” was the first time I ever heard the word “masturbate.” I knew what the activity was, but had never known the specific term for it. I suppose I should thank Billy for ending my ignorance. I was about 17 at the time. How I ended up so appallingly ignorant at that age is beyond me.

    Personally, I loathe “Piano Man.” It’s too formulaic. You can almost see Billy thinking up the rhyming words. “Sleeping with the television on” is a good one. “Get it right the first time” is a charmer too – and has aged nicely.. Check out how in “Rosalinda’s Eyes” Billy says the correct “pu-er-to Rican” and not the standard mispronunciation “Porto Rican.” That song also speaks of union wages and wedding clothes – a real prole theme (in those days weddings were more associated with the lower working classes, being single or shacking up was hip and upper-class, at least in image.)

    I always fantasized about doing Billy. I’m talking about the Billy of 1975-1985.


    May 13, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    • “Actually, the song’s title is ‘Sometimes a fantasy.'”

      Ooops, what a shameful mistake on my part.

      And back in the early 1970s, masturbation was not a common topic for discussion like it is today.

      • “your sister’s gone out, she’s on a date, you just sit at home, and masturbate”

        So are we to presume that if Sis had been dateless there’d be a bit of incest going on?



        May 13, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      • No, that’s not what it means. Billy Joel is just continuing a theme from his first album that for pretty girls (like the protagonist’s sister), life is easy, while it’s hard and lonely for sensitive shy guys like Billy Joel.

      • Why don’t lonley sensitive guys date lonley sensitive girls? Everybody can be happy this way.


        May 15, 2016 at 9:40 am

      • There are no lonely girls unless they are very physically unattractive to men.

      • Says who? I remember Janis Ian song ‘At seventeen I’ve learned the truth’. In my times there were plenty of plain looking girls that were very nice and had content. I think it’s the losers trying to be what they are not that create the problems. In the Jewish Orthodox society practically everyone finds a match. How come? Necessity is the answer.

        Think about it: this idiot is sitting and home and masturbating because he imagines that he is something special. Man, is he stupid. I’ll tell you that a Russia peasant girl is just fine and a million times better then mastirbating and writing songs about it or blogging. A mean a peasant girl is healthy, has natural intelligence and is even likely to have blue eyes and blond hair. Her tastes are simple, she isn’t a phony, she talks straight, has healthy attitudes, physically strong. What’s wrong with this picture?


        May 15, 2016 at 10:16 am

    • I once attended a concert by a Billy Joel cover band. They took requests and the first request was Captain Jack. The guy substituted the phrase “eat some grapes” and the crowd had a nice chuckle.


      May 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    • I always fantasized about doing Billy. I’m talking about the Billy of 1975-1985.

      I thought you were a Ted Cruz loving TruCon.

      Where are your morals?


      May 14, 2016 at 2:08 am

      • My morals were kept. As the song says “it’s just a fantasy. It’s not the real thing.” I didn’t attempt to get near Billy and offer him more than fan-loyalty. If I had ever met Billy I wouldn’t even have told him about my fantasies. I probably would have referred to him as “Mr. Joel.” I tend to be very formal with celebrities. And I have too much dignity to be a groupie.


        May 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      • Sexual drive is biological in nature, the morals can only help so much. You can’t fight biology with morals. This is why early marriage is necessary for moral behaviour. Hungry people do what they have to do, you know.

        The idiot should study a little biology. He would learn that old reproductive cells need to be removed from the body to be replaced by news ones that can insemination an egg. This is why women menstruation and men have seminal emissions. Is this something to sing or fantasize about? This guy is an idiot, I’m telling you.

        Wasn’t he suicidal? It figures.


        May 15, 2016 at 9:48 am

  3. Lion,
    I went out to the North Fork for a wedding last October. OMG! The traffic was horrendous! And this was well after Labor Day. Most of the traffic was from pumpkin picking farms. Rather than compromise and say, Ok we will limit further development to preserve the character but we will expand the roadways to make travel easier for our citizens, they have done exactly the opposite.

    I much prefer Cape Cod. Although parts of the Cape are heavily-developed now, the arterial road network just works much better and it is much easier to get around. Plus, much of it, especially the north shore of the Cape, is still well preserved.


    May 13, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    • The whitest regions in America pale in comparison, to the beauty and sophistication of Canadian Whitest cities.

      Working class towns like Winnipeg and Saskatoon are greener, more SWPL friendly, than anything one finds in our polluted, dirt sack, yet expensive, Park Slope, Brooklyn or any other overpriced American SWPLhole

      Capitalism has destroyed this country, as we are speaking. It has invited a host of problems regarding non-Whites, and it tries to solve this problem, with the same formulaic. Essentially, a bottom line culture tied to money with a complete disregard of other important things, like civic duty, aesthetics and beauty.


      May 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      • Capitalism has destroyed this country, as we are speaking.

        No, no, no. Exactly the opposite. Capitalism BUILT this country. The SWPL PC elite has destroyed this country in our lifetimes. They hate, hate, hate capitalism and they are actively destroying it. They are SOCIALISTS for chrissake. Yes lots of wealth is transferred from the politically unconnected to the politically connected (that’s what socialism does) but little is created (that’s what capitalism does) and much more is destroyed.

        It has invited a host of problems regarding non-Whites, and it tries to solve this problem, with the same formulaic.

        Those problems were created by the SPWL PC elite in their ongoing and successful effort to destroy capitalism and destroy America. They brought in all those non-whites not because the immigrants are energetic capitalists but because the immigrants will vote for, and benefit from, more socialism (i.e. transfers of wealth from the hated capitalists and white middle class to the PC elite and their clients).

        One of the great successes of the PC elite is deluding the ignorant about the differences between capitalism and socialism. For example, the ignorant believe that when giant corporations tilt the playing field in their favor with lobbying in Washington at the expense of competitors who do not have Washington connections, this is “capitalism”.


        May 14, 2016 at 10:14 am

      • Why do they hate capitalism? It’s what you call corporatism in America, or crony capitalism. Basically, a value transference scheme that only benefits the very top and the pesky parasites at the bottom rung.


        May 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

      • Vehicular hijinks from Saskatoon:



        May 14, 2016 at 10:34 am

      • Saskatoon has problems with their proles getting drunk and doing crazy road rage. The same goes for Winnipeg. It pales in comparison to the legion of NAMs in NYC that punch, rape and rob their beloved SWPLs in their fancy neighborhoods.


        May 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

      • Why do they hate capitalism? It’s what you call corporatism in America, or crony capitalism. Basically, a value transference scheme that only benefits the very top and the pesky parasites at the bottom rung.

        They hate REAL capitalism. The only thing they hate about crony capitalism / corporatism is in the specific situation that value is not being transferred to them or their clients. Artists / teachers / professors who screech about “corporate welfare” are just fine with government money going to artists / teachers / professors, even though that is exactly the same kind of “capitalism” (i.e., not capitalism at all).


        May 14, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    • I stayed out in the North Fork for a wedding years ago. I wasn’t impressed either. We stayed at a B&B that was on a really busy road.

      I once stayed in South Hampton off season on a business trip, which was nicer, until I overheard a conversation between an exterminator and the hotel owner.

      Dave Pinsen

      May 15, 2016 at 3:35 am

  4. I am going to write a song about the federal government forcing my young daughter to go the bathroom with grown, mentally ill men at her school. I was thinking about calling it either “Scenes from a Trangender Restroom” or “Just the Way You Aren’t”.


    May 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    • I wonder if classic rock stations will at some point stop playing Lola by the Kinks because it will be considered transphobic.

      I also wonder if Rocky Horror will suffer the same fate, despite being one of the best musicals ever filmed.

      Dave Pinsen

      May 15, 2016 at 3:33 am

  5. Falling in love with a prostitute with a heart of gold is such a cliche.


    May 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    • And they all look like Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.” Which, by the way, seems to be a favorite of most women I know. Hhhmmm…

      E. Rekshun

      May 14, 2016 at 4:28 am

      • The ones I see in the paper when they get busted are either Oriental or look like Sams from Lean on Me.


        May 15, 2016 at 10:14 am

  6. 1983’s “Uptown Girl” was about Joel’s soon-to-be-wife Christie Brinkley.

    I saw an excellent Billy Joel performance at the (old) Boston Garden in 1986.

    E. Rekshun

    May 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

  7. The best prostitute song ever, and IMO Bruce Springsteen’s best song ever, is “Candy’s Room.”

    Kosher Kowboy

    May 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    • I never heard this song. I’ll have to check it out. On his album “All things must pass” George Harrison has a song “Apple Scruffs” which is about the prostitutes that used to hang out near Apple Records studio. George never used their “services” but felt sorry for them. At least that’s how the story goes.


      May 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  8. My favorite line from a Billy Joel song will always be (from “Don’t Ask Me Why”) All the servants in your new hotel / throw their roses at your feet / fool them all but baby I can tell / you’re no stranger to the street.


    May 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm

  9. “That comment was tasteless.”

    Da-dum tish… Great line.


    May 13, 2016 at 7:26 pm

  10. Roberta: about a prostitute that Billy Joel likes in a romantic way

    Imagine actually feeling that way and wanting to record a song about it.

    To be that degraded and inferior.

    And yet he “got” Christy Brinkley and became a huge success.

    But what a sub-beta schlub he is. I saw him on the Howard Stern show all bald and old and even then he expressed self esteem issues. Howard and Robin even tried to make him feel better. Embarrassing.


    May 14, 2016 at 2:06 am

  11. From Wikipedia on Joel’s “Captain Jack” –

    Joel wrote “Captain Jack” in late 1971 while sitting in his apartment in Oyster Bay, Long Island, looking out the window, trying to find inspiration for a song. Across the street was a housing project, and he observed suburban teenagers going into the project and obtaining heroin from a dealer known as “Captain Jack”.

    “It’s about coming out of the New York suburbs,” Joel told John Kalodner in 1974. “But in my travels I have seen a lot of the same suburb all over the country. The song is sort of brutal, but sometimes it is good to be brutal and offend people—it keeps them on their toes.”

    The song, according to Joel, is an anti-drug song. He says, “What’s so horrible about an affluent young white teenager’s life that he’s got to shoot heroin? It’s really a song about what I consider to be a pathetic loser kind of lifestyle. I’ve been accused of, ‘Oh, this song promotes drug use and masturbation.’ No, no, no. Listen to the song. This guy is a loser.” In writing about the song in the liner notes of his Songs in the Attic album, Joel once again emphasized the point: “…so many friends shoveled under the Long Island dirt. The miracle of modern chemistry killed them if Vietnam didn’t.”

    E. Rekshun

    May 14, 2016 at 4:35 am

  12. Hated Billy Joel in the 1980s, was glad when I didn’t have to hear his overplayed crap everywhere any more.


    May 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

  13. Didn’t Billy Joel have a metal phase in the ’70s? Lion should post about that.

    Billy was always one of those artists I appreciated as being super-talented, but I was never much of a fan. That said, I know the words to lots of his songs because they were played so often on New York rock stations in the ’80s.

    Dave Pinsen

    May 15, 2016 at 3:40 am

  14. When I was a kid, I had the album “An Innocent Man” on tape. I must have been about 7-8 years old. Of course, at that age, you have no idea what the songs are really about, I just liked the way they sounded.

    I’ve always liked the song “An Innocent Man,” reminiscent of Ben E. King and the Drifters. It’s one of those songs which, despite being a hit at the time (it went to #1 on US Adult Contemporary and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100,) you never hear anymore. (Another example is Elton John’s “Sad Songs (Say So Much),” also a good song.)

    On the other hand, “Only the Good Die Young,” in which a Jewish guy tries to convince a Catholic girl to let him take her virginity with appeals to instant gratification, low future time orientation, and low impulse control, is despicable. Though in retrospect, begging and pleading with a girl is very beta.

    People keep talking about Billy Joel’s betaness without mentioning perhaps the most obvious factor: his height, or lack thereof. He’s 5’5″. Short guys have it rough, no doubt about that.


    May 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

  15. Note that “Billy the Kid” is not actually the history of Billy the Kid, but just a story Joel made up based on the fact that there was an outlaw named “Billy the Kid.” The real Billy the Kid was from New York City, not West Virginia, was of slightly above-average height for the time, never robbed a bank, did not always ride alone, and was killed by a gunshot rather than by hanging.


    May 16, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    • Wow, that’s interesting. He turned Billy the Kid into a beta-male rager.

      • billy the kid was named that for his boyish good looks, not because he was a childlike beta


        May 18, 2016 at 3:10 am

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