Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Billy Joel : Just The Way You Are

From 1977, the year the song was recorded and released. The song is the third track on the album, The Stranger. The album established Joel as a commercial success.  It remains Joel's best-selling non-compilation album to date, ranking number 67 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.


Written by: Billy Joel
Recorded: 1977: A&R Recording, New York City
Released: September 29, 1977
Album: The Stranger
Label: Columbia Records

Billy Joel: Album Cover, The Stranger, 1977.
 Here are some liner notes:
It was written as a birthday gift to Joel's first wife, Elizabeth Weber. After they divorced [on July 20, 1982], Joel said that when performing the song, he would imagine what he would eat for dinner or what he would do after the show, or even accidentally sing alternate lyrics written by Liberty DeVitto ("She took the dog, the house, the car").

"Just the Way You Are" was Joel's first US Top 10 (reaching no. 3) and UK Top 20 single, as well as Joel's first Gold single in the US. "Just the Way You Are" won the 1978 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Just The Way You Are
by Billy Joel

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 would not 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 colour 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 couldn't love you, any better,
I love you just the way you are.

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.

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