Now we take our time
So nonchalant
And spend our nights
So Bon vivant
We dress our days
In silken robes
The money comes
The money goes
We know it's all a passing phase,

We light our lamps
For atmosphere
And hang our hopes
On chandeliers
We're going long
We're gaining weight
We're sleeping long
And far too late
And so it's times
To change our ways
But I've loved these days.

Now as we indulge
In things refined
We hide our hearts
From harder times
A string of pearls
A foreign car
Oh we can only go so far
On caviar and Cabernay.

We drown our doubts
In dry champagne
And soothe our souls
With fine cocaine
I don't know why I ever care
We'll get so high
And get nowhere
We'll have to change our jaded ways,
But I've loved these days.

So before we end
And then begin
We'll drink a toast to how it's been
A few more hours to be complete
A few more nights on satin sheets
A few more times that I can say,
I've loved these days.

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I've Loved These Days Lyrics as written by Billy Joel

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  • +3
    General CommentI occurred to me that this could be a great graduation song. If only it didn't mention cocaine... that wouldn't set to well with the administration in my school, methinks.
    ThaneOfNothingnesson May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah, this song is really sad, just listening to the piano alone makes you want to cry, billy joel really knows how to cut to the soul of you
    terpfan8991on June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is really a pretty obvious song, as to its meaning. How can we have strayed so far from the true pleasures of this world? Instead, we blind ourselves from the beauty, by indulging ourselves in meaningless, worldly pleasures. As he put it, "We'll get so high... and get nowhere."

    A great song, in its meaning, and in its delivery.
    Hyperfriedon February 03, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningOne of Joel’s lesser known songs, but definitely one of his best. The author writes of a primary and a minor theme. Most importantly, Joel recalls his tumultuous lifestyle and comments that though he realizes the negativity of his self-destructive ways, he cannot help but admit that his dangerous routine holds a certain allure. Still and all, he ultimately admits that it’s time to move on. Secondarily, the song hints at the fact that, though we so often try, human pain and suffering cannot be erased by material possessions or grandiose action.
    BillyEltonNeilon October 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhat I like is that this song views "sin" more as immaturity than EVIL. It's not saying, how could I have been so stupid! I hate myself! I was so awful! I don't deserve happiness I've been such a bad person. It's just awakening into a newfound matirity. It isn't about renewal or repenting, to me it's about growing up. And you'll always love your childhood, like he says "I've loved these days" but you'll also come to see how selfish or immature or just narrow-minded you were and go, "Wow! I've really grown!" It's more about nostalgic regret than self-loathing.
    TheThornBirdson January 31, 2009   Link

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