Only the Good Die Young

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Only the Good Die Young

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Performer: Billy Joel
Album: The Stranger, Single
Released: September 29th, 1977
Recorded: 1977, A&R Recording, Inc., 799 Seventh Avenue, New York City
Genres: Rock
Composer: Billy Joel
Writer: Billy Joel
Length: 3:55

Song

Album version, no video.
Performed live.
Live at Shea Stadium--2008.

Lyrics

Come out Virginia, don't let me me wait
You Catholic girls start much too late
But sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one

Well they showed you a statue and told you to pray
They built you a temple and locked you away
Oh, but they never told you the price that you pay
For things that you might have done...
Only the good die young 

You might have heard I run with a dangerous crowd
We ain't too pretty we ain't too proud
We might be laughing a bit too loud
Oh, but that never hurt no one

So, come on Virginia show me a sign
Send up a signal I'll throw you the line
The stained-glass curtain you're hiding behind
Never lets in the sun
And only the good die young 

You got a nice white dress and a party on your confirmation
You got a brand new soul
Ooo, 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 

Oh oh oh,
They say there's a heaven for those who will wait
Some say it's better, but I say it ain't
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
Sinners are much more fun...
And only the good die young

You say your mother told you all that I could give you was a reputation
Oh, she never cared for me
But did she ever say a prayer for me?
No oh oh

Come out, come out, come out
Virginia don't let me wait
You Catholic girls start much too late
But sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one
You know that only the good die young

Tell you baby, only the good, good
Only the good die young

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