Song of the Day #2,419: ‘Vienna (Live)’ – Billy Joel

billy_joelYou never know what your kids will latch on to.

A few weeks back, we had a family movie night and watched 13 Going On 30, an under seen and underrated 2004 film. It’s a “young kid in a grown-up body” movie starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo, and in my opinion the best of its genre, topping even Tom Hanks’ Big.

I suspected my daughters would like the movie. Its depiction of middle school drama is particularly relevant to my own 12-going-on-13 daughter. But they loved it even more than I’d hoped.

My 9-year-old is the most smitten, watching the film on both DVD and through YouTube clips pretty much on repeat.

What I did not suspect was that both girls would fall head over heels for Billy Joel’s ‘Vienna,’ which plays in full during one poignant scene. Since we watched the movie, ‘Vienna’ has been playing non-stop on our car stereos, phones and computers. They can’t get enough of this nearly 40-year-old song.

Their love of ‘Vienna’ thrills me, because this is one of my own favorite songs of all time. It’s probably the best thing Billy Joel has ever written. It’s great to watch them discover it not through my influence — which can sometimes backfire — but organically.

Slow down you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you’re so smart tell me why
Are you still so afraid?
Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only
So many hours in a day
But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize…Vienna waits for you

Slow down you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight
Too bad but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself
That you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong
You know you can’t always see when you’re right

You got your passion you got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on but don’t imagine they’ll all come true
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you

Slow down you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It’s alright you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize…
Vienna waits for you.

And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want
Or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through

Why don’t you realize…Vienna waits for you
When will you realize…Vienna waits for you

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,419: ‘Vienna (Live)’ – Billy Joel

  1. Dana says:

    It really is wonderful that great songs from great artists like this can find their way to the next generation. I suspect someday your grandchildren will be loving this song as well and, if your daughters have anything to do with it, those grandkids will be fans of 13 Going on 30 as well.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Love this song and loved listening to your daughters sing along during the movie which I also love

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