Only The Good Die Young Lyrics - Billy Joel

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Come out Virginia, don't let me wait.
You Catholic girls start much too late.
Aw, but sooner or later it comes down to fate.
I might as well be the one.

Well, they showed you a statue, told you to pray.
They built you a temple and locked you away.
Aw, but they never told you the price that you pay
for things that you might have done.
Only the good die young.
That's what I said,
only the good die young.
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,
aw, but that never hurt no one.

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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.
Darlin', only the good die young.

I tell ya,
only the good die young.
Only the good die young.

You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation.
You got a brand new soul,
mmm, 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.
Whoa, oh, baby.
That's what I said,
I tell ya,
only the good die young.
Only the good die young.

Said, your mother told you "All that I could give you was a reputation."
Aw, 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.
Sooner or later it comes down to fate.
I might as well be the one.
You know that only the good die young.

I'm telling you baby.
You know that only the good die young.
Only the good die young.
Only the good,
only the good die young.

Only the good die young.
Only the good die young.



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That's my Aunt | Reviewer: Jack Callahan | 10/7/14

My Aunt is The girl in that song. You, see my Aunt went to school with Billy and a few years later he wrote the song and My aunt was a little mad at him. Then one day Billy asked her for Lunch and my Aunt asked why he wrote the song. Billy said that my Aunt had a crush on her but he was to shy to tell her. So they became friends but one night Billy called my Aunt and said that im sorry then he hung up. My aunt was supposed to see him at his concert but she couldn't. so my Aunt is the girl he's talking about

Least compelling argument ever | Reviewer: Rick | 4/22/14

So, the narrator has this to say:

I drink and take drugs. I Get into fights, am obnoxious, crude, rude, don't care how anyone else feels, and I'm horny. Oh, yes, I'm as ugly physically as I am emotionally, so you don't have to worry about me treating you as though this will be a relationship of any kind. So, since you're going to have sex at some point in your life, have it with me, because I am a disgusting bundle of unrestrained impulses who doesn't even care if you enjoy it.

Wow. Wonderful argument Mr. Narrator. The only redeem phrase in the song is that Virginia's mother won't say a prayer for him. He shouldn't feel bad about this, though, since Mother Theresa probably wouldn't say a prayer for such an irredeemable puddle of human excrement.

I hate that the tune is so catchy and sticks in the mind, but the lyrics are...inexcusable.

miscatholic | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/26/13

I'm a solid Catholic. When I was a teen, I was offended by this song, but now I think the song is merely a reflection of life, how real boys/men think. But the beauty is that women are a true path to holiness if the men are paying attention. This is a bad boy character trying to get the girl to sleep with him. I think that reflection is a real-life scenario, but it doesn't make him the "hero" of the song. The girl is the hero for not giving in to him. The poetry of the song is leaving it so open-ended for a number of combination endings...I see it as a song to make us think, i've never quite seen it as "bashing" as much as just a skewed opinion of the bad boy character.

re; prolust | Reviewer: anonymouse 3 | 8/5/13

re:prolust may 25 2013
what are you some friday fish eating bible thumping dogan?
if you go back to henry the 8th when the church of england was formed ( anglican church ) you will find out that many of the roman catholic rituals and rites were kept, read the apostles creed dildo.
just shows how ignorant you are, eh.leave your racist comments about jews at home where you neo nazi's belong.

Pro-Lust? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/25/13

Billy Joel has a daughter. Perhaps he should advocate pro-lust to her and sing this song to her. Stupid Jewbag, writing an anti-Catholic song. He is singing it is better to sin than go to heaven.

Catholic teenage boy soon to be confirmed | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/1/13

Firstly, Catholics are confirmed from 12-15 years of age. The boy in the song is just a rowdy boy who wants to have fun (and sex) with her. He points out that her religion and parents are keeping her shut up, "built you a temple and locked you away" but not telling her all the things she could have been doing. He talks about her mom being a hypocrite "your mother never cared for me, but did she ever say a prayer for me?" Sadly, that is pretty commonplace for Catholics (including my mom) ignore the whole "love your enemies" command.

Billy Joel said he was less anti-catholic, and more pro-lust when he wrote the song.

As I view it, it isn't so bad as far as songs go (and no, I don't mean just modern songs, dirty songs have been around almost as long as daydreaming of breasts has) anyway, I don't find it particularly offensive and it has an absolutely wonderful beat and instrumental section.

P.S. Please try to support better grammar and spelling on the internet.

Very simple | Reviewer: Reality | 12/23/12

It's a simple song people not rocket science. The meaning is plain as day it's written in the lyrics verbatim. Not a tough one to "crack". This isn't Pink Floyd. It's pretty self explanatory. These songs were never meant to be lost in translation. Most every song the guy wrote (billy joel) was relatively easy to grasp.

Religion | Reviewer: Billy Joel Fanatic | 5/22/12

This song is ridiculing the Virginian Catholic girls. I think that a lot of people are just over thinking a simple song. Remember, Billy Joel is a singer/song writer, he is not a codebreaker by any means. Billy Joel is a practical man who is not trying to confuse anyone.

Wah wah wah! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/23/12

The song is about a YOUNG Billy Joel wanting to date and yes fool around and most likely have sex with the girl Virginia who is a sheltered girl who's not socially or sexually active because of her hyper-religious upbringing. The term "Come out" in regard to young women in the past referred to the time when they were allowed to start seeing boys, not specifically to start having sex. The reference to her confirmation serves to illustrate what she seems to value, her religious purity. It's clearly in the past making her OLDER than the age of confirmation.
All that taken in to account this is definitely a teenage years kind of song that's very clearly illustrating a conflict of interest from Billy's point of view. In my mind Virginia is between 16 and 19 and Billy is around the same age. He's imploring her to shake of her religious repression and have fun with him. He's not pressuring her to have sex. They aren't even dating in the song.

Enjoyment over argument | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/4/12

Its a song about sex and religion, how many contemporary pop songs do the same thing...? Its a good song and sometimes you just shouldnt read into things so much and just enjoy it. Also, if you heard this song on Glee you do not have an opinion on the matter. Sorry.

later happenings | Reviewer: denis | 1/18/12

Above all this song was written before aids came into the public consciousness {no pun intended).
Some thing that could not be cured with "just a shot of penecillin " !
In my humble opinion there was a much better song by the very talented British group The Searchers called "Don't throw your love away" the title of which is self explanatory !
How many foolish people (it's ok I will admit to being one myself )would still be alive and/or in better health today if they had listened to the latter song .
Any way GOD bless all who read my 2 pence/cents worth !

From a non-retarded Christian | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/24/12

Okay, so he's asking her to have premarital sex. She didn't answer. All we know is there's a fight between the sinners and the saints in the song, but we don't know whether the saints give in or not.

Had we ever thought she said... *gasps* no?

You have creepy thoughts, creepy! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/2/12

He is not talking about having sex with girls who are 15 years old, he is talking about catholics, who at one point in their life had a confirmation, but wasnt taught about "real" life during that period!

Get over yourselves | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/31/11

I am a Catholic, went to Catholic School, even an all girls high school. at 48 years of age, this song is still fun. If you REALLY take any pop song's lyrics to heart, then maybe you shouldn't be listening to the radio. Maybe this song is about sex, maybe it's not. But one thing was sure back in the day...if a girl wanted to have fun...she certainly got a reputation and it didn't matter if she was still a virgin while having that good time.

Seriously, Virginia is a metaphor for Virgin? May God help you to stop worrying about more such unimportant things in life.

Creepy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/29/11

You know, when you read the words and then do the search, this song is about having sex with a girl between the 6th and 10th grades!! That is usually when Catholics are confirmed. I sure hope he doesnt sing this song anymore.


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