Song Lyric Sunday | “Honesty” – Billy Joel

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “truth”.  

 

After reading Helen’s post, of course, the first thing which came to mind was the scene from A Few Good Men between Lt. Kaffee and Col. Jessup (Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson).

Col. Jessup: You want answers?

Kaffee: I think I’m entitled to.

Col. Jessep: You want answers?

Kaffee: I WANT THE TRUTH!

Col. Jessup: YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

 

Col. Jessup was correct to a point. Sometimes, we’re not capable of handling—or telling—the truth.

We’re taught from a young age to always tell the truth, the truth is the way, and the truth shall set you free. But somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we find out it’s easier to tell people what they want to hear. We don’t want to upset, offend, or lose a friend. We also don’t want to be seen in a bad light. White lies, half-truths and silence become a way of life.

Yet, we want the truth, no matter how brutal. We want honesty… something we don’t readily give.

Billy Joel said it best in his 1978 hit, Honesty: You can have the love you need to live, but if you look for truthfulness you might just as well be blind. It always seems to be so hard to give.

The problem with dancing around the truth is it cannot be done indefinitely, and when it’s at last revealed, the damage can be irreparable.

The truth isn’t always easy, but it is always best.

 

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“Honesty”

Written and song by Billy Joel

If you search for tenderness
It isn’t hard to find
You can have the love you need to live
But if you look for truthfulness
You might just as well be blind
It always seems to be so hard to give

Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue
Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you

I can always find someone
To say they sympathize
If I wear my heart out on my sleeve
But I don’t want some pretty face
To tell me pretty lies
All I want is someone to believe

Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue
Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you

I can find a lover
I can find a friend
I can have security
Until the bitter end
Anyone can comfort me
With promises again
I know, I know

When I’m deep inside of me
Don’t be too concerned
I won’t ask for nothin’ while I’m gone
But when I want sincerity
Tell me where else can I turn
Cause you’re the one that I depend upon

Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue
Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you

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11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Honesty” – Billy Joel

  1. Honestly, truthfully, I am a bit tired of the word blind being used in so many songs, in every other lyric. Of course, to be totally truthfully, I am actually blind and may be a little bit biased.

    Anyway, his songs and voice are always powerful. Good choice.

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    1. Totally understandable! We can sometimes be too casual about situations which are all too real for others.

      I’ve always been a Billy Joel fan. He has a way of pulling you right in.

      Thanks for checking out my challenge entries every weekend! ☺

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  2. I consider myself to be an honest person, but it was such a madhouse at the supermarket today that when I got to my car, I realized that there were two items in my cart that were not in bags and I probably did not pay for them. Normally I would go back inside and tell them that I made a mistake, but I did not want to deal with the crowd of crazies inside.

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  3. You can never go wrong with Billy Joel, in my opinion. I feel like I’m a pretty honest person, but I also soften the truth (if that’s really what it is) in many cases. Why is it that we were taught to be like this? It boggles the mind. The lyrics are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

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