Radio 58, side B, track 7: “I Go To Extremes” by Billy Joel

Billy Joel - I Go To ExtremesOh, Billy Joel, preach it, brother man, preach it!  At the time I recorded this most excellent tune, I had very little self-awareness, so it did not occur to me that this song was actually all about me.  Don’t get me wrong, Billy Joel, I recently found my old journals that I kept at the time I was recording this music off the radio, and I definitely understood that I had some pretty dramatic mood swings, but if you would have asked me back then if I felt I went to extremes, I would have politely disagreed and let you know that I was on a pretty even keel.

Not so, Billy Joel.  Not so.

I’m not saying I’m some maniac or anything, and yes, in general I’m on a pretty even keel, but absolutely I go to extremes.  Examples, you ask?  Well, perhaps the fact that I spent 2 years obsessively recording music off the radio and then abruptly stopped.  Or suddenly needing to collect every issue of The Amazing Spider-Man ever made, and then shortly after collecting said comics deciding I must rid myself of comics.  Deciding to watch every movie featured in “The Guide For The Film Fanatic” and then up and quitting.

Maybe I’m just a quitter. . .

Yeah, now that I think about it, maybe I just suddenly quit at stuff.  I don’t know if that’s the same thing.  Frankly, Billy Joel, I’m impressed that I’ve stuck to this little project as long as I have.  Maybe it’s a sign of maturity?  Well, that Spider-Man thing just happened not too long ago, so that’s not it.  I think the reason I’ve stayed so faithful to this blog is that every day I get to listen to a new awesome song like this one.  Which is why I recorded so many tapes off the radio.  Until I didn’t.  Let’s just see what happens, shall we?  To the extreme!

“I Go To Extremes”

Call me a joker

Call me a fool

Right at this moment I’m totally cool

Clear as a crystal
Sharp as a knife

I feel like I’m in the prime of my life

Sometimes it feels like I’m goin’ too fast

I don’t know how long this feeling will last

Maybe it’s only tonight

Darlin’ I don’t know why I go to extremes

Too high or too low, there ain’t no in-betweens

And if I staaaand or I faaaall

It’s all or nothing at all

Darlin’, I don’t know why I go to extremes

Sometimes I’m tired

Sometimes I’m shot

Sometimes I don’t know how much more I got

Maybe I’m headed
Over the hill

Maybe I set myself up for the kill

Tell me how much do ya think you can take

Until the heart in you’s startin’ to break

Sometimes it feels like it will

Darlin’, I don’t know why I go to extremes

Too high or too low, there ain’t no in-betweens

You can be suuuuure when I’m goooone

I won’t be out there too long

Darlin’, I don’t know why I go to extremes

Out of the darkness
Into the light
Leaving the scene of the crime

Either I’m wrong or I’m perfectly right every time

Sometimes I lie awake, night after night

Comin’ apart at the seams

Eager ta please
Ready to fight
Why do I go to extremes

<awesome Billy Joel jam>

And if I staaaand or I faaaall

It’s all or nothin’ at all

Darlin’, I don’t know why I go to extremes

I don’t know why
I don’t know whyyyyyy

I don’t know why

And if I staaaand or I faaaall

It’s all or nothin’ at all

Darlin’, I don’t know why I go to extremes

No, I don’t know why I go to extremes

Too high or too low, there ain’t no in-betweens

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