Song Lyric Sunday — Listen Boy

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams is all about communicating, giving us “Listen,” “Hear,” “Talk,” and “Speak,” as the theme words. I thought a great song about communicating would be Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It.”

“Tell Her About It” was written and performed by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel, from his 1983 album, An Innocent Man. Intended as an homage to the Motown Sound, the song reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in September 1983.

“Tell Her About It” has an early ’60s sound to it that was reinforced by the official video, which shows the group “BJ and the Affordables” appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1963. In the song, the singer encourages a young man to tell the woman he loves how he feels about her before it’s too late and he loses her.

Billy Joel explained in an interview that the song was inspired by Christie Brinkley, who he met in 1982, married in 1985, and divorced in 1994. He said that she was the first person he could ever just talk to, and they would spend hours just talking, and that formed the basis for “Tell Her About It.” She was also his inspiration for another big hit from that same album, “Uptown Girl.”

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Listen boy
Don’t want to see you let a good thing
Slip away
You know I don’t like watching
Anybody make the same mistakes
I made

She’s a real nice girl
And she’s always there for you
But a nice girl wouldn’t tell you what you should do

Listen boy
I’m sure that you think you got it all
Under control

You don’t want somebody telling you
The way to stay in someone’s soul

You’re a big boy now
You’ll never let her go
But that’s just the kind of thing
She ought to know

Tell her about it
Tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason to accept
That you’re for real

Tell her about it
Tell her all your crazy dreams
Let her know you need her
Let her know how much she means

Listen boy
It’s not automatically a certain guarantee
To insure yourself
You’ve got to provide communication constantly

When you love someone
You’re always insecure
And there’s only one good way
To reassure

Tell her about it
Let her know how much you care
When she can’t be with you
Tell her you wish you were there
Tell her about it
Every day before you leave
Pay her some attention
Give her something to believe

Cause now and then
She’ll get to worrying
Just because you haven’t spoken
For so long
Though you may not have done anything
Will that be a consolation when she’s gone

Listen boy
It’s good information from a man
Who’s made mistakes
Just a word or two that she gets from you
Could be the difference that it makes

She’s a trusting soul
She’s put her trust in you
But a girl like that won’t tell you
What you should do

Tell her about it
Tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason
To accept that you’re for real
Tell her about it
Tell her all your crazy dreams
Let her know you need her
Let her know how much she means

Tell her about it
Tell her how you feel right now
Tell her about it
The girl don’t want to wait too long
You got to tell her about it
Tell her now and you won’t go wrong
You got to tell her about it
Before it gets too late
You got to tell her about it
You know the girl don’t want
To wait – you got to
Tell her about it

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Listen Boy

    • Fandango March 1, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      Well, I pronounce homage with a silent “h,” like “oh-maj,” which may be the French way of saying it, as opposed to “ha-maj.” So “an homage” should be the right way to put it based upon my pronunciation.

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  1. Lisa Coleman March 1, 2020 / 5:20 am

    “the singer encourages a young man to tell the woman he loves how he feels about her before it’s too late and he loses her”. He got her and lost her anyway. Maybe there should be a follow up song here. 🙂

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  2. newepicauthor March 1, 2020 / 8:22 am

    Topo Gigio, the talking mouse was a real kick and Will Jordan was the Ed Sullivan imitator.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Felicia Denise March 1, 2020 / 9:34 am

    How could I forget this one? The mister played it for a solid year! He loved Billy Joel. Great share. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. msjadeli March 1, 2020 / 11:00 am

    Billy Joel is a good songwriter. His songs stand the test of time.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. leigha66 March 4, 2020 / 2:00 pm

    Great choice… I would have probably gone with Bonnie Raitt’s “Something To Talk About.”

    Liked by 1 person

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