"Got To Begin Again" as written by and Billy Joel....
Well so here I am at the end of the road
Where do I go from here?
I always figured it would be like this
Still nothing seems to be quite clear

All the words have been spoken and the prophecy fulfilled
But I just can't decide where to go
Yes, it's been quite a day and I should go to sleep
But tomorrow I will wake up and I'll know

That I've got to begin again
Though I don't know how to start
Yes, I've got to begin again
And it's hard

Well it's been quite a while since I lifted my head
And I'm sure the light will hurt my eyes
I see the way that I been spendin' my days
And reality has caught me by surprise

I was dreamin' of tomorrow so I sacrificed today
And it sure was a grand waste of time
And despite all the truth that's been thrown in my face
I just can't get you out of my mind

But I've got to begin again
Though I don't know how to start
Yes, I've got to begin again
And it's hard


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"Got to Begin Again" as written by Billy Joel

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    Song MeaningThis song can either be interpreted as a break-up song and/or a death of a friend or family member. Such a greatly crafted melancholy song. Makes me tear up every time.
    pianodudeon January 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me that Billy Joel has a song for everything dealing with life, and this one is no exception. I just broke up with my fiance and she ran off with over $5000 of my money. This song is about a situation just like that; he spent so much time trying to make something work with someone he really loved, but didn't love him back in kind, and eventually ended up hurting him. He knows it's for the better that it's over, and that he's got to get on with his life, but he still can't forget about it.
    MithrandirBoon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was saying to a girl I was just dating there is no song that conveys what I am feeling, but this song does just that. After a 10 week relationship, she left me and I am beginning again, though I don't know how to start.
    aztecrockeron March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Being at a point where you're not sure what to do next, when you have to sort of start over. You've "got to begin again...and it's hard." I can relate to the whole song, but especially the second verse.

    I was dreamin' of tomorrow,
    So I sacrificed today,
    And it sure was a grand waste of time
    And despite all the truth that's been thrown in my face
    I just can't get you out of my mind


    I've been there.
    glasshouseson May 17, 2008   Link

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