Sunday, April 14, 2013

Song for Sunday: Just The Way You Are

I love Billy Joel's music.

His take on it is summarized in this quote:

"I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an agof incompetence, that makes me extraordinary."

I don't know. Maybe our standards have fallen sharply. I suppose I wouldn't class him with Mozart or Brahms. On the other hand, his music is a different style and has a different purpose.

In case you are wondering, I am aware that his lyrics sometimes encourage inappropriate behavior and are occasionally irreverent. I still like most of them.

Today's song for Sunday is an encouraging one, a love song. Many have heard in it a message of acceptance. It is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.

Don't go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
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. 

What songs give you a sense of acceptance?


  1. Because of your love for Billy Joel songs I think of you every time I hear one. This is one of his best!

    1. Wow! Thanks. And I agree, it's one of his best.

  2. I <3 Billy Joel. This song is great! And I do love the positive message.

  3. I love the message, too. It really is affirming.