Vienna
Billy Joel Lyrics


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Slow down, you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart, well, tell me
Why are you still so afraid? Mm
Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
You'd better cool it off before you burn it out
You've got so much to do
And only so many hours in a day

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through, ooh
When will you realize Vienna waits for you?

Slow down, you're doin' fine
You can't be everything you wanna be before your time
Although it's so romantic on the borderline
Tonight, tonight
Too bad, but it's the life you lead
You're so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you're wrong
You know, you can't always see when you're right, you're right

You've got your passion, you've got your pride
But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true, ooh
When will you realize Vienna waits for you?

Slow down, you crazy child
And take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile
It's alright, you can afford to lose a day or two, ooh
When will you realize Vienna waits for you?

And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through, ooh




Why don't you realize Vienna waits for you?
When will you realize Vienna waits for you?

Overall Meaning

The song "Vienna" by Billy Joel is essentially a message to young individuals who are too busy chasing after their dreams and aspirations to take a moment to enjoy life. The song starts with "Slow down, you crazy child," and goes on to question why the person in question is so afraid despite being so ambitious. The song is reflective and acknowledges the pressure put on young adults to accomplish everything they want within limited time. The song suggests that Vienna is symbolic of a beautiful and peaceful city that is a metaphor for the wonderful things in life that are waiting for us to appreciate and enjoy.


The song then goes on to encourage the singer to take a step back to avoid burning out too soon. Billy Joel tells the listener that getting what they desire in life may not be possible, and some of the things they dream about may not turn into reality. He advises that people should keep dreaming and moving forward, but they should also take time to slow down and appreciate the journey, lest they overlook the small beautiful things waiting to be discovered along the way.


In conclusion, "Vienna" is about enjoying the journey and taking a moment to appreciate the beauty around us, even as we chase after our dreams. It is a reminder to slow down and not let stress and ambition consume us entirely.


Line by Line Meaning

Slow down, you crazy child
Take a break, you enthusiastic and impulsive younger-self


You're so ambitious for a juvenile
You have an immense desire to do great things, given your age


But then if you're so smart, well, tell me Why are you still so afraid? Mm
Despite your intelligence, why do you still harbor fear?


Where's the fire, what's the hurry about? You'd better cool it off before you burn it out
Why the haste? You should slow down before you lose momentum


You've got so much to do And only so many hours in a day
You have a lot to accomplish, but time is limited


But you know that when the truth is told That you can get what you want or you can just get old You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through, ooh When will you realize Vienna waits for you?
The truth is that you either achieve your goals or grow old and die, so don't overwork yourself. Explore Vienna before it's too late


Slow down, you're doin' fine You can't be everything you wanna be before your time
You're making good progress, but you must remember that it takes time to achieve all your goals


Although it's so romantic on the borderline Tonight, tonight
Even though taking risks can seem romantic, it is no solution for present restlessness


Too bad, but it's the life you lead You're so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
It's a pity that you've forgotten what you truly require while looking out for future matters


Though you can see when you're wrong You know, you can't always see when you're right, you're right
You are sensitive to being incorrect, but sometimes you don’t recognize when you're doing well


You've got your passion, you've got your pride But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?
You have your desires, but remember that contentment is not for the wise


Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true, ooh When will you realize Vienna waits for you?
Chase your dreams, but be prepared that all of them may not come true. Don't lose an opportunity to discover Vienna waiting for you


Slow down, you crazy child And take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile It's alright, you can afford to lose a day or two, ooh When will you realize Vienna waits for you?
Relax and take a break to escape from worries for a few days, because it's okay to lose some time. Recognize and explore the beauty of Vienna


And you know that when the truth is told That you can get what you want or you can just get old You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through, ooh Why don't you realize Vienna waits for you?
Regardless of whether you achieve your desires or age, life always runs short. It is time to see Vienna is waiting for you


When will you realize Vienna waits for you?
Vienna offers itself to you, and it's about time you seize the opportunity.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Billy Joel

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@johnalexander2690

Vienna
Billy Joel

Slow down, you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart
Tell me why are you still so afraid?

Where's the fire?
What's the hurry about?
You better cool it off before you burn it out
You got so much to do and only so many hours in a day
Ayy

But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through

When will you realize
Vienna waits for you?


Slow down, you're doing fine
You can't be everything you wanna be before your time
Although it's so romantic on the borderline tonight
Tonight

Too bad, but it's the life you lead
You're so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you're wrong
You know, you can't always see when you're right
You're right

You've got your passion, you've got your pride
But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true

When will you realize
Vienna waits for you?

Slow down, you crazy child
And take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It's all right, you can afford to lose a day or two

When will you realize
Vienna waits for you?

You know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get halfway through

Why don't you realize
Vienna waits for you?
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you?



@atikahdwifaulina5650

Slow down, you crazy child
You're so ambitious for a juvenile
But then if you're so smart, then tell me
Why are you still so afraid?
Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?
You'd better cool it off before you burn it out
You've got so much to do
And only so many hours in a day
But you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you get old
You're gonna kick off before you even
Get halfway through
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you
Slow down, you're doing fine
You can't be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it's so romantic on the borderline tonight
Tonight,
Too bad but it's the life you lead
You're so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you're wrong, you know
You can't always see when you're right. you're right
You've got your passion, you've got your pride
But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?
Slow down, you crazy child
And take the phone off the hook and disappear for awhile
It's all right, you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?
And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You're gonna kick off before you even get half through
Why don't you realize, Vienna waits for you
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?



All comments from YouTube:

@hattieshon4159

This song hits the kids who try’s so hard to be everything everyone wants them to be but never enough for themselves. Alone, tired, and disappointed

@hoagiefh

it isn’t possible to describe it better than you did sir

@RafaelXd23

I’m broken.... don’t know if I can do this anymore

@marcelloz1230

@@RafaelXd23 when will you realize Vienna waits for you? When you’re young you always think every smallest mistake is the end of the world when in reality you have time and everything will set into place when it’s time to.

@memeologyman9576

Oh that's me, except I'm not alone

@coralroberts7795

It’s true I’m the kid

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@nicnacsocials

This song really says “slow down” for all of us crazy ambitious children who always pressure ourselves to achieve one goal after another.

@augustinehernandez5397

We gotta smell the roses.

@WillsDad2012

I agree

@mallbratgirl_3005

yes it literally says that

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