Honesty, by Billy Joel

Honesty, by Billy Joel

This song by Billy Joel has a whole lot of truth in it.

Anyone can tell you what they want you to hear. And if you’re desperate enough for the truth, you are willing to look in even the wrong places to find it, to our peril. 

But the problem is, everybody lies.

We lie to save face. 
We lie to protect others. 
We lie to cover the sordid truth. 
Then we lie to protect our lies. 
Then we forget which lies we’ve told to whom, and spend our time trying to cover this up with more lies.
Then we die.
Then we face God on Judgement Day.
Then we find that we can’t hide anymore for our lies.
Then He tells us that lying lips are an abomination to Him (Prov 12:22).
Then He tells us that all liars will have a part in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8).

And that’s the truth.

Lyrics (curtoesy lyricsfreak.com)

If you search for tenderness

It isn’t hard to find 
You can have the love you need to live 
But if you look for truthfulness You might just as well be blind 
It always seems to be so hard to give


Honesty is such a lonely word 
Everyone is so untrue 
Honesty is hardly ever heard 
at I need from you


I can always find someone 
To say they sympathize 
If I wear my heart out on my sleeve 
But I don’t want some pretty face 
To tell me pretty lies 
All I want is someone to believe


Honesty is such a lonely word 
Everyone is so untrue 
Honesty is hardly ever heard 
And mostly what I need from you


I can find a lover 
I can find a friend 
I can have security 
Until the bitter end 
Anyone can comfort me 
With promises again I know, I know

When I’m deep inside of me 
Don’t be too concerned 
I won’t ask for nothin’ while I’m gone 
But when I want sincerity 
Tell me where else can I turn 
Cause you’re the one that I depend upon


Honesty is such a lonely word 
Everyone is so untrue 
Honesty is hardly ever heard 
And mostly what I need from you

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