Joey
Concrete Blonde Lyrics


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Joey, baby - don't get crazy
Detours, fences, I get defensive

I know you've heard it all before
So I don't say it anymore
I just stand by and let you
Fight your secret war
And though I used to wonder why
I used to cry till I was dry
Still sometimes I get a strange pain inside
Oh, Joey, if you're hurting so am I

Joey, honey, I got some money
All is forgiven. Listen, listen

But if I seem to be confused
I didn't mean to be with you
And when you said I scared you
Well I guess you scared me too
But we got lucky once before
And I don't want to close the door
And if you're somewhere out there
Passed out on the floor
Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore

And if I seem to be confused
I didn't mean to be with you
And when you said I scared you
Well I guess you scared me too
But if it's love you're looking for
Then I can give a little more
And if you're somewhere drunk and
Passed out on the floor




Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore
Angry anymore, angry anymore

Overall Meaning

The song "Joey" by Concrete Blonde is a melancholic ballad about a tumultuous relationship between singer Johnette Napolitano and a man named Joey. The lyrics are directed at Joey himself, as the singer addresses him in a gentle and sympathetic tone. The opening lines, "Joey, baby - don't get crazy / Detours, fences, I get defensive," set the tone for the rest of the song. Napolitano is acknowledging the difficult nature of their relationship, but is trying to remain loyal and supportive.


She goes on to sing, "I know you've heard it all before / So I don't say it anymore / I just stand by and let you / Fight your secret war." Clearly, Joey has some personal demons that he's struggling with, and Napolitano is trying to be there for him, providing a supportive presence without getting too involved. Despite the challenges of their relationship, she cares deeply for him, as evidenced by the line "Oh, Joey, if you're hurting so am I."


The chorus of the song is a plea to repair their relationship. Napolitano tells Joey that she has money and forgives him, but admits to being confused about their situation. She also acknowledges that he has scared her before, but is willing to work through their issues. Ultimately, she is holding out hope that they can make it work, saying "But if it's love you're looking for / Then I can give a little more / And if you're somewhere drunk and / Passed out on the floor / Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore." The song ends on a melancholic note, with Napolitano repeating the words "angry anymore" as if trying to convince herself that everything will be okay.


Line by Line Meaning

Joey, baby - don't get crazy
Don't get too worked up and do something irrational, Joey.


Detours, fences, I get defensive
I become defensive and guarded when there are obstacles in our path.


I know you've heard it all before
I understand if you are tired of hearing the same things from me.


So I don't say it anymore
I will stop repeating myself.


I just stand by and let you
I will be there for you when you need me.


Fight your secret war
Even though I may not know all your inner struggles, I am here to support you.


And though I used to wonder why
I may have questioned why you act the way you do in the past.


I used to cry till I was dry
It would bother me so much that I would cry myself to exhaustion.


Still sometimes I get a strange pain inside
Occasionally, I still feel hurt or upset.


Oh, Joey, if you're hurting so am I
I empathize with your pain and suffering, Joey.


Joey, honey, I got some money
I have some money and would like to help you, Joey.


All is forgiven. Listen, listen
I want to forgive past mistakes and move forward from them.


But if I seem to be confused
If I appear uncertain or indecisive...


I didn't mean to be with you
...it was not intentional and I did not intend to cause harm.


And when you said I scared you
When you told me that I frightened you...


Well I guess you scared me too
...I will admit that I was scared as well.


But we got lucky once before
We have had good fortune in the past...


And I don't want to close the door
...and I do not want to give up on us yet.


And if you're somewhere out there
In case you are out there somewhere...


Passed out on the floor
...even if you are not sober and conscious...


Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore
...I am willing to forgive and move forward from our past arguments.


But if it's love you're looking for
However, if you are seeking love...


Then I can give a little more
...I can offer you more of my love.


And if you're somewhere drunk and
Even if you are intoxicated or in vulnerable state...


Passed out on the floor
...I still care about you and want to be there for you.


Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore
...my anger towards you has subsided and I want to continue to support you.


Angry anymore, angry anymore
I am no longer angry with you, Joey.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Johnette Lin Napolitano

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@tabithaedie

Joey, baby - don't get crazy
Detours, fences, I get defensive
I know you've heard it all before
So I don't say it anymore
I just stand by and let you
Fight your secret war
And though I used to wonder why
I used to cry till I was dry
Still sometimes I get a strange pain inside
Oh, Joey, if you're hurting so am I
Joey, honey, I got some money
All is forgiven. Listen, listen
But if I seem to be confused
I didn't mean to be with you
And when you said I scared you
Well I guess you scared me too
But we got lucky once before
And I don't want to close the door
And if you're somewhere out there
Passed out on the floor
Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore
And if I seem to be confused
I didn't mean to be with you
And when you said I scared you
Well I guess you scared me too
But if it's love you're looking for
Then I can give a little more
And if you're somewhere drunk and
Passed out on the floor
Oh Joey, I'm not angry anymore
Angry anymore, angry anymore



All comments from YouTube:

@stevenvickery7868

This song is so underrated and Jhonette Napolitano maybe the most underappreciated female rock singer ever. Her vocals are astounding.

@JohnPaul-jc4gc

yes..........absolutley........

@brianmurphy4016

So clean, and notice the lack of vibrato. We can only hope someone remakes this, and manages to one-up her.

@OlliGarch

@@brianmurphy4016 no!!! No one can ever do this song. It’s perfect the way it is.

@marysalvi242

@@OlliGarch If there is a great song then it belongs to the world, not one person, even if it doesn't measure up to the original. Creativity is an open channel ~

@OlliGarch

@@marysalvi242 no one can so this song like her big give it a Try

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@thomastaylor8740

I can't think of a song that was written and sung from the bottom of the heart more than this song was. No phony gushing here. That lady is singing her guts out.

@knutjobgoblin

Adele Janis Whitney Miss Nina & Amy pure power

@dexio8601

Sinead O'Connor

@Southernguitar74

Been a drunk most of my adult life. This song came out in my early 20’s…Such a magnificent delivery from the singer and band. Just brilliant and heart felt. I loved it then and I love it now. I still struggle with the bottle. God bless all of you, forever and always.

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