Giving credit where credit is due, I think Billy Joel is one of the greatest entertainers of our time. He is “The Piano Man”. I consider myself a big fan of his music. His music was important in my formative years as an adolescent. I remember listening to “Only the good die young”. Great song! But as a teenager, I felt that it was a little weird how he talked about “catholic girls starting too late”. I loved the song, and I know he’s Jewish, but I as a Catholic boy, I did not quite get the message he was telling me at the time. It was a good song….I left it at that….that is until now! I will include some lyrics of the song in italics and then my comments in regular print.
Come out, Virginia, don’t let me wait. You Catholic girls start much too late. Sooner or later it comes down to fate. I might as well be the one.
So, we have a young boy (Jewish, as I said) trying to convince a young catholic girl to have sex with him….and be the first “one”. Okay, fine. part of growing up. I may have encountered similar situations….I’m not throwing stones here. But I do wonder how old the girl is in the song.
They showed you a statue, told you to pray, they built you a temple and locked you away. Ah but they never told you the price that you’d pay for things that you might have done. Only the good die young.
Okay, we all know we do not pray TO statues, they are used in remembrance of who we are praying to. I find it interesting that Mr. Joel says her parents built her a “temple”….and not a “church”. Or how about “castle”, as a princess being locked in a castle? Temple is where Jewish folks go to worship God. Her parents have made efforts to keep their daughter “chaste”, or pure, a virgin….hence the name “Virginia”. What “price’ is the singer talking about? Could it be denying yourself the pleasure of the flesh? Pre-marital sex? Who does the singer sound like? Like a devil in disguise.
The stained glass window you’re hiding behind, never lets in the sun.
Correction Mr. Joel, the symbolic window is Catholicism and the sun (also SON) shines brightly through it down on us with mercy and love. We are all sinners, we all need a Saviour, and Jesus shines on us to help us get to heaven. God has a plan for all of us, and having sex at an early age, is NOT part of His plan.
You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation. You got a brand new soul, mmm and a cross of gold. But Virginia, they didn’t give you quite enough information. You didn’t count on me…when you were counting on your rosary.
Correction again, Mr. Joel… parents DID give her enough information. Plenty of it. When you are only considering your selfish sexual wants/needs, Virginia was warned about the mess she could get herself into if she let herself get into a vulnerable situation. Her parents warned her of the dangers…the chance of getting a bad reputation (as is stated in another part of the song), the chance of pregnancy, or sexually transmitted diseases. Oh they gave her information alright. They instilled in her, values she would need to fight off boys like you. Call it old fashioned, or what ever, but we (now as parents) need to instill in our kids that having sex is something to be saved for love within a marriage. It’s not a game. Lives are at stake.
They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait. Some say its better but I say it ain’t. I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners have much more fun. You know that only the good die young.
FYI, you are so wrong about heaven. Heaven IS better! Infinitely better. Indescribably better. Absolutely no comparison. Oh, but you are just thinking about worldly stuff, natural stuff….trying to make it with a young Catholic girl. Don’t think naturally! Think Supernaturally! We must NOT set our sights on worldly, natural things…things of the earth. Our goal in this life should be to attain heaven. And for us to attain heaven, we must be perfect like our Father in heaven is perfect. And believe me, Mr. Joel, the sinners in hell are not laughing and they are not having more fun.
By the way, your rule that only the good die young is false. Plenty of good men and women have lived into their 80′s, 90′s and even 100′s so don’t try to fool us with your scary tactics. To me, when you say “Only the good die young”… its just your feeble attempt to try to convince this young girl to be “bad” now before she dies, so she can enjoy it….correction, so YOU can enjoy it.. Well, she’s not falling for it. Her reputation is not stained. And you can take your false propositions elsewhere.
Let me segue to recent news: Plan B One step, AKA the morning after pill, scientifically known as LEVONORGESTREL will soon be available as an over-the-counter medication. Yes, available to girls and women of all ages. It is a pill that is intended to be taken within 72 hours after having unprotected sexual intercourse to prevent pregnancy. Presently, only women/girls age 17 and over can get it. But after a 10 year fight, it will soon be OTC. How convenient! How crazy is it that this abortifacient drug will be more available than some cold medicines containing pseudophed? How insane is our government? Our society? Even President Obama, who I don’t care for, is in favor of keeping it restricted to girls 17 and over. Having this drug available to girls of all ages, will this contribute to more “kids” having sex? It seems so. If I can change the words to Mr. Joel’s song, I would tell Virginia to make him wait….and its okay for Catholic girls to start much too late. Keep yourself holy and chaste for your spouse within marriage.
PS. I have three daughters. I hope I can instill in them the values of chastity and love.