James, we were always friends,
From our childhood days
And we made our plans,
And we had to go our separate ways.
I went on the road-
You pursued an education.

James, do you like your life,
Can you find release,
And will you ever change-
Will you ever write your masterpiece.
Are you still in school-
Living up to expectations, James

You were so relied upon, everybody knows how hard you tried-
Hey, just look at what a job you've done,
Carrying the weight of family pride.
James, you've been well behaved,
You've been working so hard
But will you always stay,
Someone else's dream of who you are.
Do what's good for you, or you're not good for anybody, James.

I went on the road,
You pursued an education, James
How you gonna know for sure, everything was so well organized.
Hey, now everything is so secure,
And everybody else is satisfied.

James, do you like your life,
Can you find release
And will you ever change,
When will you write your masterpiece.
Do what's good for you, or you're not good for anybody, James.

Lyrics submitted by fletch699

James Lyrics as written by Billy Joel

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. It reminds me of all the people I have lost touch with over the years.
    supernukeon March 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe nobody has written anything about this song!! When i first heard it i cried it moved me so much. It is a simple melody but the lyrics are so emotive, and there are so many people out there that have sacrificed their dreams for the sake of their parents expectations. A sad but beautiful song.
    freddysgirlon October 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Do What's Good For You or You're not good for anybody."

    It maybe selfish, but this line changed my life. I tried living up to other people's expectations of me. It isn't easy to do.
    rewc27on July 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song, and very true.
    TehGreatMutatoon December 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a guy named Greg.
    WOXvonWubbinson November 17, 2010   Link
  • -3
    General Commentfor fucks sake why cant billy joel ever write two songs in a row that aren't named after some person's first name? god dammit billy...which one of your wives was James anyways? number 3? number 6? number over 9000?
    ashowofhandson February 27, 2009   Link

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