Song of the Day #4,138: ‘Half a Mile Away’ – Billy Joel

The Random iTunes Fairy has been peeking in on the weekday conversation, as she is wont to do.

Just the other day I proposed a theme week on Billy Joel songs that would make good fodder for a Netflix anthology show. And she serves up ‘Half a Mile Away,’ a very strong candidate. With street smart characters like Little Geo and Angelina circling our restless narrator, this song could make for a great little New York-set character sketch.

This guy is in his teens or early 20s, still living with his mama and waiting for her to turn in before sneaking out. He’s either in school or working a dead end job and his only escape is joining friends down the street to share booze and music. Throw in a little extra conflict — maybe a love triangle between these three — and you’ve got yourself an episode.

[Verse 1]
Little Geo is a friend of mine
We get some money and we buy a cheap wine
Sit on the corner and have a holiday
Hide the bottle when the cop goes by
Talk about women and lie, lie, lie
Oh, my other world is just a half a mile away

[Verse 2]
Wait for mama to turn out the light
Crawl on the the roof and then hit the night
I should be sleeping, but tonight I just can’t stay
I’ve given everybody so much time
Now I need a moment that’s mine
Oh, my other world is just a half a mile away

[Chorus]
It’s just a half a mile away
It’s just a half a mile away
It’s just a half a mile away

[Verse 3]
Angelina save a place for me
I’ve been living someone else’s life, and now I’ve got to be free
Turn your transistor on and let the music play
I try to keep the family satisfied
But there’s gotta be more to life than just try, try, try
Oh, my other world is only half a mile away

[Chorus]
It’s just a half a mile away
It’s just a half a mile away
It’s just a half a mile away

[Verse 2]
I’ve given everybody so much time
Now I need a moment that’s mine
Oh, my other world is just a half a mile away

[Outro]
It’s just a, it’s just a half a mile away
Don’t you know it’s just a half a mile?
It’s just a, it’s just a half a mile away

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,138: ‘Half a Mile Away’ – Billy Joel

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Good one! I could see Rosalinda’s Eyes being made into an episode also. Maybe Stiletto, though that could be dark.

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