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Billy Joel                Elton John and Billy Joel


Just the Way You Are



Don't go changing, to try and please me

You never let me down before

I don't imagine you're too familiar

And I don't see you anymore

I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble

We never could have come this far

I took the good times, I'll take the bad times

I'll take you just the way you are


Don't go trying some new fashion

Don't change the color of your hair

You always have my unspoken passion

Although I might not seem to care


I don't want clever conversation

I never want to work that hard

I just want someone that I can talk to

I want you just the way you are.


I need to know that you will always be

The same old someone that I knew

What will it take till you believe in me

The way that I believe in you.


I said I love you and that's forever

And this I promise from the heart

I could not love you any better

I love you just the way you are.



She's Always a Woman



She can kill with a smile

She can wound with her eyes

She can ruin your faith with her casual lies

And she only reveals what she wants you to see

She hides like a child

But she's always a woman to me


She can lead you to love

She can take your or leave you

She can ask for the truth

But she'll never believe you

And she'll take what you give her as long as it's free

She steals like a thief

But she's always a woman to me


Oh--she takes care of herself

She can wait if she wants

She's ahead of her time

Oh--and she never gives out

And she never gives in

She just changes her mind


She will promise you more

Than the Garden of Eden

Then she'll carelessly cut you

And laugh while you're bleedin'

But she'll bring out the best

And the worst you can be

Blame it all on yourself

Cause she's always a woman to me


Oh--she takes care of herself

She can wait if she wants

She's ahead of her time

Oh--and she never gives out

And she never gives in

She just changes her mind


She is frequently kind

And she's suddenly cruel

She can do as she pleases

She's nobody's fool

But she can't be convicted

She's earned her degree

And the most she will do

Is throw shadows at you

But she's always a woman to me


Only the Good Die Young



Come out Virginia, don't let me 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

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

And 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

Sinners are much more fun...

And 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?







If you search for tenderness

It isn't hard to find

You can have the love you need to live

But if you look for truthfulness

You might just as well be blind

It always seems to be so hard to give



Honesty is such a lonely word

Everyone is so untrue

Honest is hardly ever heard

And mostly what I need from you


I can always find someone

To say they sympathize

If I wear my heart out on my sleeve

But I don't want some pretty face

To tell me pretty lies

All I want is someone to believe




I can find a lover

I can find a friend

I can have security

Until the bitter end

Anyone can comfort me

With promises again

I know, I know


When I'm deep inside of me

Don't be too concerned

I won't as for nothing while I'm gone

But when I want sincerity

Tell me where else can I turn

Because you're the one I depend upon




My Life



Got a call from an old friend

We used to be real close

Said he couldn't go on the American way

Closed the shop, sold the house

Bought a ticket to the West Coast

Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A.



I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm alright

I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home

I don't care what you say anymore, this is my life

Go ahead with your own life, and leave me alone


I never said you had to offer me a second chance

I never said I was a victim of circumstance

I still belong, don't get me wrong

And you can speak your mind

But not on my time


They will tell you you can't sleep

Alone in a strange place

Then they'll tell you you can't sleep with somebody else

But sooner or later you sleep

In your own space

Either way it's okay to wake up with yourself









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