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Half a Mile Away Lyrics

Artist: Billy Joel
Album: 52nd Street

Little Geo is a friend of mine
We get some money and we buy a cheap wine
Sit on the corner and have a holiday
Hide the bottle when the cop goes by
Talk about women and lie, lie, lie
Oh, my other world is just a half a mile away.

Wait for mama to turn out the light
Crawl on the roof and then I hit the night
I should be sleeping but tonight but I just can't stay
I've given everybody so much time
Now I need a moment that's mine...
Oh my other world is just a half a mile away

It's just a half a mile away

Angelina save a place for me
I've been livin' someone else's life and now I've got to be free
Turn your transistor on and let the music play
I try to keep the family satisfied
But there's gotta be more to life than just try, try, try
Oh my other world is only half a mile away

It's just a half a mile away
Comments/Interpretations
by DaveyFresh on 3/6/2012 1:14am
"Half a Mile Away" illuminates the duplicity each of us has in his own "deep heart's core" to use a phrase from W.B. Yeats. Billy Joel is probably using a character depiction of someone he knows unless he has duped many of us... Anyhoo the song emphasizes the need for a human being to have some reward here, in this "land of the living" and that he feels loosed from all bonds once he has, as DeFoe says in "Robinson Crusoe:" finally broken free from restraint to fulfill the (wanderlust) exonerated in "Into the Wild" yet not a gnomistic isolationism, but a freedom like Christopher McCandless feels at the hippie stop in Northern Cal.


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