New Music Monday – “Everybody Loves You Now”

Hell yeah…it’s New Music Monday! This week, I’m turning the spotlight on a lesser-known song. Billy Joel may not seem like an obvious choice for me, but I’ve always had a soft spot for some of his earlier stuff. That includes today’s song and one of the reasons for that are the lyrics. There are some great barbed lines in this song and I think it’s even more relevant today in our era of instant celebrity and fame at any price. This is ‘Everybody Loves You Now’:

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Everybody Loves You Now

Baby all the lights are turned on you
Now you’re in the center of the stage
Everything revolves on what you do
Ah, you are in your prime; you’ve come of age

And you can always have your way somehow
But everybody loves you now

You can walk away from your mistakes
You can turn your back on what you do
Just a little smile is all it takes
Yeah, you can have your cake and eat it too

Loneliness will get to you somehow
But everybody loves you now

Ah, they all want your white body
And they await your reply
Ah, but between you and me and the Staten Island ferry
So do I

All the people want to know your name
Soon there will be lines outside your door
Feelings do not matter in your game
Yeah, ’cause nothing’s gonna touch you anymore

So your life is only living anyhow
And everybody loves you now

Close your eyes when you don’t want to see
Stay at home when you don’t want to go
Only speak to those who will agree
Yeah, and close your mind when you don’t want to know

You have lost you innocence somehow
But everybody loves you now

Ah, you know that nothing lasts forever
And it’s all been done before
Ah, but you ain’t got the time to go to Cold Spring Harbor
No more

See how all the people gather ’round
Hey, isn’t it a thrill to see them crawl?
Keep your eyes ahead and don’t look down
Yeah, and lock yourself inside your sacred wall

This is what you wanted; ain’t you proud?
‘Cause everybody loves you now

Music and lyrics by Billy Joel

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7 comments on “New Music Monday – “Everybody Loves You Now”

  1. Oh, am loving that I got here FIRST to comment!

    Derek, I absolutely love this. Seriously, I am digging this! So Bob Dylan with a Derek twist!

  2. Maura says:

    Great guitar playing Derek – ya sound great !! Loved the song 🙂

  3. Cliona says:

    You rock! I hadn’t heard this one of his but it’s really good, and you sound great. 🙂

  4. itchybollix says:

    nice one. 2 minute pop songs for a shitty monday. that’s what i want everyday

  5. Louise says:

    Brightens up one very messy Monday!

  6. Amy Eyrie says:

    A Billy Joel song is a surprise! Is this an early song of his? I has a nice edge.

  7. Well done, Derek! I love, love, love the early Billy Joel. In fact, I actually only just discovered this song last year some time. I have trolled all over iTunes, hunting his tunes down. It was very cool to find him here on these pages.
    Sounded great.

    -Jimmy

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