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« on: October 24, 2014, 09:32:55 PM »

Does anyone really believe that Billy Joel's "Only the good die young" is not anti-Catholic?
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2014, 09:37:43 PM »

(I heard this song on the radio today. I very very rarely listen to it for more than a few seconds, but this time I thought "Maybe I should give it another try, since it's been so long since I've really listened to it. Who knows, maybe I'll decide that I've been to hard on it in the past." So I didn't change the radio station ... but the outcome is that I'm more against it than ever! Smiley)
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2014, 10:02:26 PM »

Does anyone really believe that Billy Joel's "Only the good die young" is not anti-Catholic?

Him.

He once said, "I didn't write it to be anti-Catholic. I wrote it to be pro-lust."

Besides, if you don't like the song, just shut it off when it comes on.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2014, 10:04:06 PM »

Does anyone really believe that Billy Joel's "Only the good die young" is not anti-Catholic?
Why do you ask?

Personally, I think Mr. Joel used the song to make a mockery of Catholic morality, which explains why it's one of only a couple of songs I will actually turn off whenever I hear it on the radio.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2014, 10:22:41 PM »

Yes, I recall reading Billy Joel's statement that "When I wrote 'Only the Good Die Young', the point of the song wasn't so much anti-Catholic as pro-lust" -- which, to your question PtA, is a part of the reason I started the thread: I want to see if anyone buys that (and part of the reason I decided to listen to the song, in the first place, earlier today).
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2014, 12:38:50 AM »

Sure, he wasn't serious, but you bet it's anti-Catholic. Too bad because it's great pop music. Yeah, turn it off when it comes on.
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2014, 12:58:51 AM »

Yes, I recall reading Billy Joel's statement that "When I wrote 'Only the Good Die Young', the point of the song wasn't so much anti-Catholic as pro-lust" -- which, to your question PtA, is a part of the reason I started the thread: I want to see if anyone buys that (and part of the reason I decided to listen to the song, in the first place, earlier today).
Would it be better to say that he intended to make a mockery of Christian morality? For that is exactly what his pro-lust song does.
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2014, 01:05:17 AM »

The Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" is almost the polar opposite of this song, at least in terms of its stance toward Christian morality.
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2014, 09:38:41 PM »

Would it be better to say that he intended to make a mockery of Christian morality? For that is exactly what his pro-lust song does.

I can't speak for anyone but myself, but from my own listening to the song I've come to the conclusion that the claim that it isn't anti-Catholic is total B.S. So I guess would say the answer to your question is no.

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« Reply #9 on: Today at 11:52:54 AM »

"Only The Good Die Young" is tame compared to Irish singer Hozier's new single, which just hit the top 10 on the American charts. Seems like a pretty deliberate attempt to provoke. Hozier said the song and especially the video were meant to criticize religious taboos on sex, as well as discrimination against gays in places like Russia.

My lover's got humour
 She's the giggle at a funeral
 Knows everybody's disapproval
 I should've worshiped her sooner

 If the heavens ever did speak
 She's the last true mouthpiece
 Every Sunday's getting more bleak
 A fresh poison each week

 'We were born sick,' you heard them say it

 My Church offers no absolutes.
 She tells me, 'Worship in the bedroom.'
 The only heaven I'll be sent to
 Is when I'm alone with you—

I was born sick,
 But I love it
 Command me to be well
 Amen. Amen. Amen

[Chorus 2x:]
 Take me to church
 I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
 I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
 Offer me that deathless death
 Good God, let me give you my life

 If I'm a pagan of the good times
 My lover's the sunlight
 To keep the Goddess on my side
 She demands a sacrifice

 Drain the whole sea
 Get something shiny
 Something meaty for the main course
 That's a fine looking high horse
 What you got in the stable?
 We've a lot of starving faithful

 That looks tasty
 That looks plenty
 This is hungry work

[Chorus 2x:]
 Take me to church
 I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
 I'll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
 Offer me my deathless death
 Good God, let me give you my life

 No Masters or Kings
 When the Ritual begins
 There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

 In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
 Only then I am Human
 Only then I am Clean
 Amen. Amen. Amen

[Chorus 2x:]
 Take me to church
 I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
 I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
 Offer me that deathless death
 Good God, let me give you my life
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« Reply #10 on: Today at 12:03:44 PM »

Joel wasn't serious; this guy is, in the way European apostates are.
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