#MusicMonday – October 14, 2019

Friday night I crashed your party, Saturday I said I’m sorry, Sunday came and trashed me out again.

And then Monday came.  What happens on Monday?

I hope Monday doesn’t find you in your electric chair, not me telling you dirty jokes to make you smile.  Believe me, I don’t know any.  But I will still try to make you smile.

When I was a senior high school, I got Billy Joel’s two-disc Greatest Hits album as a birthday present.  I had been fond of his music that year, but I had begun appreciating it much earlier in my life, while listening to the Volume Three cassette tape in my dad’s car (I got that CD for Christmas a year later).  Nineteen years later, just shy of 37 years old, I’m still a Billy Joel fan.  His music holds up well and is so darn singable.  But none for me are moreso than today’s song choice.

I may be wrong, but…

“You May Be Right” is a 1980 single by Billy Joel, from his album Glass Houses.  An obvious attempt to depict the protagonist of the song as a bad boy with a heart of gold, the person he’s trying to impress…is seemingly not impressed.  This despite the fact that he’s managed to simultaneously make them happy, and  be the one to drive the object of his affections nuts.

It’s hard not to sing along with this ode to love, Billy Joel style!

Prove me wrong!

“You May Be Right” reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980 (#75 year end 1980), and has been covered by Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, AVAIL, and was featured on Glee.  Even Alvin and the Chipmunks covered this song, which I’m sure was a whole lotta fresh Hell.


(I heard it, and I refuse to include it here.)

I remember the song quite a few years ago as the theme song from the sitcom Dave’s World, which was Harry Anderson’s first sitcom post-Night Court.  That was actually covered by John “Southside Johnny” Lyon of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

I remember my dad saying this was a cover, and ten-year-old me didn’t realize it at the time.  These days, it is a bit more obvious to me, but it is still a good cover.  But in this case, nothing compares to the original.

Especially when you’re still able to have that kind of energy many years later.

I may be crazy.  But you know what, I may be right.

Have a great Monday, and enjoy the music!


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