Well I see you in the morning
Putting on your pretty clothes
And I watch you do your make-up
Like they do in all those fashion shows
Then you turn to me so that I can see
If you put yourself together right
Then you go away and you're gone all day
But I know you're coming home tonight
And when you're home,
Darling all you've got to be is you
But when in Rome, do as the Romans do

Well it's alright if you're tired
When your day is done
You can see when you look at me,
You're not the only one
It's a cold, cruel world for a working girl
But you can't let them see you cry
It's a fact of life, now man and wife
Work full time to just get by
And when we're home all
It's gonna be is me and you
But when in Rome, do as the Romans do

I've done some strange things I
Never thought I'd do before
But if the strain brings happiness,
More or less.
More or less.

Then I don't mind masquerading
With all those other fools
I don't mind the games I'm playing,
Because I've learned the rules
And when times are tough, I've got just enough
If you're standing right by my side
Darling more and more I get hungry for
All the ways you keep me satisfied
On our own there ain't nothing
That we can't get through
But when in Rome, do as the Romans do

Then I don't mind masquerading with all those other fools
I don't mind the games I'm playing,
Because I've learned the rules
It doesn't matter when we're home, all alone
All we've got to be is me and you
On our own there ain't nothing
That we can't get through
But when in Rome, do as the Romans do

Swing that hammer and break that stone
Push those buttons and answer that phone
Coffee in the morning and martinis at night
Everybody's working up a big appetite
Do as the Romans do.


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When in Rome Lyrics as written by Billy Joel

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    When I listen to a song by Billy Joel, I always know he is a magician, he distracts you with clever tricks, he gives the people what they want, but you always must read between the lines and look at the hidden hand, cause there is the truth about he wants to say actually.

    I think that "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" is just fireworks to keep you entertained, but the important lines are:

    • Well it's alright if you're tired when your day is done You can see when you look at me, you're not the only one

    • It's a fact of life, now a man and wife Work full time to just get by

    • I don't mind masquerading with all those other fools I don't mind the games I'm playing, Because I've learned the rules

    • And when times are tough, I've got just enough If you're standing right by my side.

    Somebody, should have paid serious attention to those words cause now sounds like premonition.

    le fer et le feuon March 28, 2008   Link

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