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Vienna
by Billy Joel
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"Vienna" is a metaphor for old age, it is not something to dread, but something to embrace. You can still have a productive and peaceful old age. Billy said that the inspiration for the song came when he was visiting his estranged father, Helmut Joel, in Vienna. He saw an elderly woman sweeping the streets, and told his father that it was awful to see an old woman doing that, but his father pointed out that she was doing something useful and productive.

Billy has also said that "Vienna" may subconsciously be about this father, Helmut Joel. His father had left the family when Billy was a child and returned to Europe, but remained a musical influence.

Slow down, you crazy child.
You're so ambitious for a juvenile.
But then if you're so smart, tell me why are you still so afraid?
Where's the fire? What's the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out.
You got so much to do and only so many hours in a day.

Don't you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old?
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through.
When will you realize Vienna waits for you?

Slow down, you're doing fine.
You can't be everything you wanna be before your time,
Although it's so romantic on the borderline tonight, tonight.
Too bad, but it's the life you lead.
You're so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need.
Though you can see when you're wrong,
You know, you can't always see when you're right, you're right.

You've got your passion. You've got your pride,
But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true.
When will you realize Vienna waits for you?

Slow down, you crazy child.
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while.
It's all right you can afford to lose a day or two.
When will you realize Vienna waits for you?

Don't you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old?
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through.
Why don't you realize Vienna waits for you?
When will you realize Vienna waits for you?
 
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