"Getting Closer" as written by and Billy Joel....
I went searching for the truth
But in my innocence I found
All the con men and their acrobats
Who stomped me in the ground
If I count up their percentages
I know they're getting rich
But they haven't taken everything
Those paybacks are a bitch

Though I've lost quite a lot
I am still in control
They can keep what they've got
But they can't have my soul
And if I don't have this all worked out
Still I'm getting closer, getting closer
I still have far to go no doubt
But I'm getting closer, getting closer

What was ripped off by professionals
Is not all that it seems
While I must live up to contracts
I did not give up my dreams
If I see it as experience
It hasn't gone to waste
Lately all the missing pieces
Have been falling into place

And if I could go back and start over somehow
I would not change that much
Knowing what I know now
Thought there have been sins
I will regret
Still I'm getting close, getting closer
I don't have all the answers yet
But I'm getting closer, getting closer

I'm a mark for every shyster
From Topanga to Berlin
And I should have learned to kick them out
As soon as they crawled in
So to every bank in Switzerland
That stores my stolen youth
I'm alright because despite the laws
You cannot hide the truth

And although you will say
I am still too naive
But I have not lost faith
In the things I believe

And if I don't have a this all worked out
Still I'm getting closer, getting closer
I still have far to go no doubt
But I'm still getting closer, getting closer

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"Getting Closer" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentMy mom told me once this song was written after Billy's manager stole a lot of his money.
    lilamishgirl26on March 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThat's not true, though your mom isn't entirely wrong. That song would be "Great Wall of China." This has the exact same theme but is written before Billy realized that Frank Weber was stealing all of his money. This one is for Artie (I forget his last name) who screwed Billy out of a lot of money early in his career, among others. I think it's pretty sad to read the last verse and then realize that Billy was being duped yet again as he wrote and recorded this song. But at that, it's a great song about making peace with those who have screwed you in the past, and not losing faith. But if Billy's life has taught us anything, keep an eye over your shoulder.
    suckmykisson June 14, 2006   Link

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