Don't go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before, mmm-hmm
I don't imagine you're too familiar
And I don't see you anymore

I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I'll take the bad times
I'll take you just the way you are

Don't go trying some new fashion
Don't change the color of your hair, mmm-hmm
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I don't want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard, mmm-hmm
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are

I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew
Oh, what will it take 'til you believe in me
The way that I believe in you?

I said I love you, that's forever
And this I promise from the heart, mmm-hmm
I couldn't love you any better
I love you just the way you are

Wait

I don't want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard, mmm-hmm
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are


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Just the Way You Are Lyrics as written by Billy Joel

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  • +2
    Song MeaningYoung innocent first love, when you're just starting to figure it out. To his girlfriend he is saying "You only have to be yourself; that's enough for me. Please don't change, just believe in me and know that I love you".

    This song couldn't have been done any better; I hope no one ever re-records it. At the tender age of 17 I felt in love for the first time and this song was the perfect description of everything I was feeling and wanted to say. As a sax player and part time musician, the jazzy style and soulful Alto sax solo just made it even better. But the key was Billy Joel loved the woman he wrote this for (Elizabeth). 40 years later, the initial chords on the Fender Rhodes keyboard still evoke deep emotion in me and everyone who fell in love to this song.
    LostInThe80son July 02, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this is Billy's most beautiful song, and apparently so dose my girlfriend, because when I learne dto play it on the guitar, I playeed it for her and she was crying by the end of the song. What a great song.
    nilladon April 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis was my parents wedding song. they are divorced now....hmmm.....
    spliphstaron May 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah this song was written for Billy's FIRST wife.......Didn't work out to well for them either!!
    leaneyson March 21, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's beautiful- it simply honors the one you love- respecting their authentic self.
    EmilyInLove66on January 08, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about the ideal someone. The person you fall so deeply in love with. The person you want to stay up all night with just talking and getting to know. The person you know who may not be the prettiest or most handsome but it is their inner beauty that make them your special someone. So, you don't want them to think they need to change and in fact you don't want them to change a thing. This love will stand the test of time as you both grow old. They will still be the person you want to share your life with.
    trubador09on June 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea and Uptown Girl was written for Christie Brinkley, swing and a miss, strike 2...... did you know that the waitress that is mentioned in Piano Man is Billy's first wife?
    eaglesfan81on March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song always reminded me of a classy wedding song. huh...guess i'll skip this one when my day comes...
    littlewingon January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentchuck klosterman said it best.
    boxed.cloveron July 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know why there's a version of this song missing the entire "don't go trying some new fashion.." part? i was listenng to it in the car the other day and i noticed that the entire part is missing. the runtime in only 3:36. anyone know what the deal with that is?
    Levitator89on April 28, 2007   Link

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