Everyone goes south every now and and then…
I remember hearing Billy Joel’s The Stranger probably a year or 2 after it came out, maybe even a little later. The title track is such a great tune. Some pretty deep lyrics and some of which hit home to me every couple of years when I get off my normal path.
Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves
When everyone has gone
Some are satin, some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They’re the faces of the stranger
But we love to try them on
I’m not a huge Billy Joel fan but this album has stuck with me for a lot of years. Lots of familiars on there Movin’ Out, Just The Way You Are, Only The Good Die Young and She’s Always A Woman. But it’s songs like The Stranger and Scenes From An Italian Restaurant that really set Billy above a lot of the other singer/songwriters of that era. Plus he had such a badass band. C’mon, his drummer’s name is Liberty Devito, how can you go wrong?
Here’s a vid from the recently released 30th Anniversary box set. I went to Encore Music to buy some metal and saw this set and flipped out.