Keeping The Faith (12 Gardens Live) Lyrics - Billy Joel



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If it seems like I've been lost in let's remember
If you think I'm feeling older and missing my younger days
Oh oh, then you should have known me much better
Cause my past is something that never got in my way, oh no
Still I would not be here now if I never had the hunger
And I'm not ashamed to say the wild boys were my friends
Oh oh, 'Cause I never felt the desire 'til their music set me on fire
And then I was saved, yeah, that's why I'm keeping the faith
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, keeping the faith

We wore matador boots
Only Flagg Brothers had them with the Cuban heel
Iridescent socks with the same color shirt and a tight pair of chinos
Oh, I put on my shark skin jacket
You know the kind with the velvet collar and ditty-bop shades, oh yeah
I took a fresh pack of Luckies and a mint called Sen-Sen
My old man's Trojans and his Old Spice after shave
I combed my hair in a pompadour
Like the rest of the Romeos wore a permanent wave, oh yeah
We was keeping the faith (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

You can get just so much from a good thing
You can linger too long in your dreams
Say goodbye to the "Oldies But Goodies"
‘Cause the good ole days weren't always good
Tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems

Learned stickball as a formal education
Lost a lot of fights but it taught me how to lose O.K.
Oh oh, I heard about sex but not enough
I found you could dance and still look tough anyway, oh yes I did
I found out a man ain't just being macho
Ate an awful lotta late night drive-in food, I drank a lotta take-home pay
Oh I thought I was the Duke of Earl
When I made it with a red-haired girl in the Chevrolet, oh yeah
We was keeping the faith (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

You know the good ole days weren't always good
And tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems

Now I told you my reasons for the whole revival
Now I'm going outside to have an ice cold beer in the shade
Oh, I'm going to listen to my 45's
Ain't it wonderful to be alive when the rock 'n' roll plays, yeah
When the memory stays, oh yeah
I'm keeping the faith (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

I'm keeping the faith, oh yes I am
I’m keeping the faith, oh yeah, I’m keeping the faith, oh yeah
I’m keeping the faith, oh yeah
I’m keeping the faith, faith, I gotta have-a faith, faith, faith


(Mark Rivera on the saxophone.)





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