"Vienna" as written by and Billy Joel....
Slow down, you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart, then tell me
Why are you still so afraid?

Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
You'd better cool it off before you burn it out
You've got so much to do
And only so many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you 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 want to 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
And take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile
It's all right, you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?
And 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 half through
Why don't you realize, Vienna waits for you
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?


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"Vienna" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThis is such a deep and beautiful song, I can listen to it over and over again.

    The narrator is talking about a young person who still sees life as an adventure and is rushing out in the world, but doesn't take time to enjoy life to its fullest, while that is really the most essential thing. I think lots of people can relate to it. If you take one step at a time, you will get where you want as well; just don't rush in case you miss out on something. This person hasn't realized that yet.

    Life is not a destination, it's a journey.
    Ashley765on July 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song means alot to me personally, as it does to many.

    A year ago I found myself crying listening to this as I realized I was yet another child he was saying this too. Since than I've slowed down and take life one day at a time, enjoying it as much as I can. To my horror, I am now 19 and missed out on my child hood but I'll be damned if I miss my 20s.

    I love this song.
    Siouxon December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I've always had a place in my heart for it, but this past year was my freshman year at college, and especially my first semester I started changing myself - to impress a boy, to impress the upperclassmen - changing myself to what I thought would help me get what I want. I was upset and alone in my dorm one day and this song came on the playlist and I cried and cried.

    To me, this song is about a child who wants so much, and is rushing and trying to change everything to get everything she wants. She has big dreams, and she wants them all realzed now. The narrorator is reminding her that she can't make these things happen.. her dreams, her Vienna, waits for her.

    It may sound silly but this song has leveled me out on many occasions when I probably was about to do something stupid. Or even whenever I'm frustrated with living in a small town or not being able or old enough to do something - it reminds me that I'm 19 and that I have a lot of time to get to my Vienna.
    thegirlin14gon June 11, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaning"Vienna" is a metaphor for the rest of your life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Sinani201on July 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentVienna is not a place that I know or have visited, but this song is a place I escape to often. The lyrics are the most beautiful and poetic way to have a reality check when life races ahead of you and you're not sure where to look next.

    I listen to this song on repeat my freshman year in college. I spent hours trying to convince not only my family, but also myself that I had made the right decision. "You're so ambitious for a juvenile/ But if you're so smart, then tell me/ Why are you still so afraid?" Being young, you make decisions that you initially believe are "smart," but when you take the time to analyze them, you develop fears and anxieties that can only be remediated by time.

    This song is more than I could possibly describe in words. The lyrics encourage us to turn off our phones, shut down our computers, and finally take a breath instead of forcing ourselves to continue the stressful, painful, and hectic lives that we lead. As with all his songs, Billy Joel brilliantly underscores his lyrics with a passionate melody that evokes the most prevalent of this messages and brings tears to my eyes.

    Step away from the "borderline." Life is worth living, despite the craziness.
    lyricallyownedon June 25, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionFor me the song is about making sure you achieve your dreams but not to worry if something doesn't go to plan. Life will never turn out the way you expect it and therefore you just gotta go at it. So enjoy while your young and remember that adulthood will still be there waiting for you and you won't miss out.
    tjthedjdrummeron April 20, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti read somewhere that billy wrote this song while visiting vienna, after watching an elderly woman proudly sweeping the sidewalk in front of her home. apparently he was inspired by how much old age and wisdom were appreciated there. i think "vienna waits for you" is saying don't be in such a hurry to move life along. everything, including *your* "vienna," will come in due time.
    lyss222on July 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy name is Vienna and this is my favorite song in the whole world. It means so much to me it brings me to tears everytime and whenever I'm going through a rough time I just keep it on repeat and it's so inspirational. This song has saved my life completely I don't know what I would do without it. Vienna is anything you want it to be. Vienna represents all the beautiful things life has to offer along the road. I agree...I'm happy its not too well-known it's too special and deep and when I try to share it with others they don't appreciate it as much and I can't understand it, because to me it gives me chills and narrates my life, and that's just too incredible and complex to have to explain.
    viennarose530on April 15, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI really love this song so much it is definately my favorite, when ever i think of this i want to cry, but i think its great how in vienna the elderly still fit in and have a purpose.Elderly people are the same as us only with a lot more expierence and wisdom Also i think i try to rush thrue life to fast but once in a while i really need to kick back and relax cause i knows thst vienna will be waiting and i dont need to rush to get there.
    lovesviennaon November 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song was written in Vienna. after meeting his father for the first time
    blah52on August 04, 2011   Link

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