Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pressure by Billy Joel

You have to learn to pace yourself
Pressure
You're just like everybody else
Pressure
You've only had to run so far
So good
But you will come to a place
Where the only thing you feel
Are loaded guns in your face
And you'll have to deal with
Pressure

You used to call me paranoid
Pressure
But even you cannot avoid
Pressure
You turned the tap dance into your crusade
Now here you are with your faith
And your Peter Pan advice
You have no scars on your face
And you cannot handle
Pressure

All grown up and no place to go
Psych 1, Psych 2
What do you know?
All your life is channel 13
Sesame Street
What does it mean?

(I'll tell you what it means)
Pressure
Pressure

Don't ask for help
You're all alone
Pressure
You'll have to answer
To your own
Pressure
I'm sure you'll have some cosmic rationale
But here you are in the ninth
Two men out and three men on
Nowhere to look but inside
Where we all respond to
Pressure
Pressure

All your life is Time Magazine
I read it too
What does it mean?

Pressure

I'm sure you'll have some cosmic rationale
But here you are with your faith
And your Peter Pan advice
You have no scars on your face
And you cannot handle
Pressure
Pressure
Pressure
One, two, three, four
Pressure

I HAVE LOVED THIS SONG SINCE I WAS A KID... BUT I DONT THINK I REALLY GOT IT UNTIL NOW

2 comments:

Aaron Vattano said...

This song stresses me out. It seems like this dude is jaded and lives in a harsh world. And he seems to think that everyone is destined to live that way too. Shame. Fucking shame

Pirate Aggro said...

I think you are mis-reading this lyric. I don't think the dude is jaded. I think he is a survivor. He is talking to the kind of person, and religion is full of them, who think they have all the answers and have a pat "peter pan" answer for every problem when they have absolutely no frame of reference.

Joel went to viet nam, when he got back he was psychiatrically hospitalized several times. He came through it. This song is to the Pollyanna people who judge and have simple answers Life is not simple.