Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Song #108: "Close To The Borderline"--Billy Joel (1980)

Did you know that Billy Joel's first number one song came from his 1980 album "Glass Houses", and it wasn't "You May Be Right"?

It actually was "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me", which shows the depth of this Joel album, my personal favorite from him. In fact, my two favorite Billy Joel songs of all time come from "Glass Houses", beginning with today's tune.

It's a "feel-good" song with far from "feel-good" lyrics, as a guy looks at the problems around him in his neighborhood, his nation ("I'd start a revolution but I don't have time"), and, then, inward.

But, in the end, he lives to fight another day, even if his nicely polished dress shoes inch a hair closer, closer to the borderline.

One more Billy Joel song to go in our Top 500, and you know which album it comes from. What song will it be, and when will we see it??  :)

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