Thursday, August 4, 2011

Billy Joel describing Borderline Personality Disorder?

This is a great live, version of Billy Joel's classic "She's Always A Woman". I also love the slower, more famous recorded version from the 1977 album, "The Stranger".

Listening to this, I wonder if he was ever living with someone having Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Narcissistic Personality Disorder traits.

Although I'm no Doc, these lyrics describe my experience living with my-soon-to-be-ex...to a T. To me it is a very sad, lonely, poignant, and insightful portrait of someone with many mental health challenges--not a love song at all, in the normal sense...

Anyways, every line revealed is a thousand memories in my mind.  Lyrics and link below--enjoy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4nQB3V10i8



She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies
And she only reveals what she wants you to see
She hides like a child,
But she's always a woman to me

She can lead you to love
She can take you or leave you
She can ask for the truth
But she'll never believe you
And she'll take what you give her, as long as it's free
Yeah, she steals like a thief
But she's always a woman to me

CHORUS:
Oh--she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants
She's ahead of her time
Oh--and she never gives out
And she never gives in
She just changes her mind

And she'll promise you more
Than the Garden of Eden
Then she'll carelessly cut you
And laugh while you're bleedin'
But she'll bring out the best
And the worst you can be
Blame it all on yourself
Cause she's always a woman to me
--Mhmm--

Bridge

CHORUS:
Oh--she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants
She's ahead of her time
Oh--and she never gives out
And she never gives in
She just changes her mind

She is frequently kind
And she's suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases
She's nobody's fool
And she can't be convicted
She's earned her degree
And the most she will do
Is throw shadows at you
But she's always a woman to me
--Mhmm--

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, describes a borderline woman just perfectly!

daisy7105 said...

I can say the same for my ex-husband. And, I agree there are challenges being a divorced asian and single parent.

Parenting said...

As a long as we expect men to be to just walk away from their families, but pay child support driven by gender politics, instead of actual financial realities brought about by separation and divorce we have a society at war with itself, with children caught in the middle. And the lawyers as the big winners while they strip families of their assets.

Uilium Powell said...

I thought this was about his song that I think is titled "Why do I go to Extremes"

Uilium Powell said...

I thought this was about his song that I think is titled "Why do I go to Extremes"

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