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December 16, 2008

DimWit of the Day: Billy Joel

And when they were come into the house,
they saw the young child with Mary his mother,
and fell down, and worshipped him:
and when they had opened their treasures,
they presented unto him gifts;
gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

Poor Billy Joel. He couldn't even come up with a clue to offer Baby Jesus on his birthday.

They never learn.

Cliff Hudson: Send My Love

I don't think Billy Joel has a farking clue how military folks feel about separations, or about what we do. It's never easy, but we're not victims and we don't need Billy Joel to speak up for us. He has no idea. This is a song I wrote years ago when my husband was gone for a year. That was only the first time.

In March we'll have been married for 30 years. As I said, Joel doesn't have a clue:

As I'm lying here
Alone in my bed
Thinking of you so far away

Are you lying there
Thinking of me, thinking of you
How can it be that we're apart again?
Guess you'll have to hold my heart
'Til then, I'll be lying here

Thinking of you.

The sun is high
It's time to get up.
So much to do before I can sleep
But thoughts of you run through my mind
Time after time,
I hold you close to me
But memories are all I have to hold on to
'Til I go to sleep
Still thinking of you.

You know with all the times that you've been gone
You'd think my heart would learn.
But your memory seems to linger on my mind.
And no matter how I try to sleep
The memories keep haunting me
Of the way it always makes me feel
When you hold me in your arms....

The moon is high
The kids are in bed
Blankets all tucked, prayers are all all said.
The house is quiet
Except for the sounds of you in my head
I guess I'll go to sleep, so I can dream
Of the day when you'll come back to me

I'll be lying here
Thinking of you.

As I'm lying here
Alone in my bed
Thinking of you so far away
Are you lying there
Thinking of me?

Posted by Cassandra at December 16, 2008 08:15 AM

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I would sum up my feelings about separation from loved ones by remembering the "short sheet" I kept during every deployment. It was hung on the inside of my locker and every day when I woke up I dutifully marked off the next number "blank and a wake-up."

When the final entry "wake-up" was crossed off the reality set in that home was within reach tempered, however, by the knowlege that another one was a month away.

Did I mention, I don't like airports?

Posted by: vet66 at December 16, 2008 09:31 AM

Billie Joel--alpha member of Narcissists Supreme--has also written songs of similar ilk re Saigon and Allentown Pennsylvania. You'd think the little twit would come up with some new shtick--but he keeps repeating the same old same old.

He wouldn't know what an infantryman thought if the infantryman came up and bit him on the backside.

Posted by: Mike Myers at December 16, 2008 04:39 PM

Knew there was a reason why I didn't like my Boomer teacher mentioning Billy Joel and making us read his songs.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at December 16, 2008 06:02 PM

Granted, he should try to understand that about which he writes and he doesn't understand the military family (the phrase "can't buy a vowel" comes to mind) but give the man credit for what he can do well, he sure can play the piano. Just don't ask him about who to vote for... (or why, or how to hold a marriage together, etc...) :)

William sends

Posted by: William at December 17, 2008 03:02 PM

Billy Joel: two words: Ir-relevant.

He had a few good songs and had a hot wife once though.

Posted by: KJ at December 17, 2008 04:54 PM

It could be worse -- people might actually be interested in what he thought.

"And I won't be here in another year
If I don't stay on the charts."

Heh. Prophetic...

Posted by: BillT at December 17, 2008 05:51 PM

That is a stupid, stupid song, but I still like Piano Man and Travelin' Prayer. And a few others, even.


Posted by: Donna B. at December 18, 2008 08:02 PM

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