Musings From A Musical Mind

Got To Begin Again

Cover of "Cold Spring Harbor"

Cover of Cold Spring Harbor

Several weeks ago I watched a biography program on the life of Billy Joel.  It was interesting – many things I did not know about his life and journey that had led him to write such amazing songs.  Every song has a story – each is a chapter of his life.  I think this is why it is so easy to relate to them.  His lyrics are universal and have layers of meaning for him and everyone else who listens.

I don’t remember where I was when I first heard this song, but I was pretty young.  This song was on Billy’s first solo album “Cold Spring Harbor” written in 1971.  This album was his first after a suicide attempt due to depression from a broken relationship.  The lyrics are of a broken man – rising up to find hope and life again.

I know I can relate to lyrics like this.  No, I’ve never been depressed to the point of wanting to end my life – but I have been sad and felt hopeless at times.  I think we all have.  And it is only because of the love of Christ in me – that I have been able to gain my life back.  He has helped me on more than one occasion to see things clearly and with new purpose and understanding.  I can say each new morning, as I leave yesterday behind with all its hurt and disappointments – “I’ve got to begin again”

When was the last time you felt that God helped you to “begin again”?

God Bless


Well so here I am at the end of the road
Where do I go from here?
I always figured it would be like this
Still nothing seems to be quite clear

All the words have been spoken and the prophecy fulfilled
But I just can’t decide where to go
Yes, it’s been quite a day and I should go to sleep
But tomorrow I will wake up and I’ll know

That I’ve got to begin again
Though I don’t know how to start
Yes, I’ve got to begin again
And it’s hard

Well it’s been quite a while since I lifted my head
And I’m sure the light will hurt my eyes
I see the way that I´ve been spendin’ my days
And reality has caught me by surprise

I was dreamin’ of tomorrow so I sacrificed today
And it sure was a grand waste of time
And despite all the truth that’s been thrown in my face
I just can’t get you out of my mind

That I’ve got to begin again
Though I don’t know how start
Yes, I’ve got to begin again
And it’s hard

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Comments on: "Got To Begin Again" (6)

  1. I enjoyed this post very much…didn’t know that about Billy Joel
    I found you by accident…looking for my own blog on line….funny
    glad I did
    Best to you
    suz

  2. I know that in profound and subtle ways He helps me begin again every morning. Gotta crucify those fleshly desires and let His life and love shine through. Thanks Cindy.

  3. I love Billy Joel. My first and last paid singing job was at a birthday party for my dh’s fraternity brother’s grandfather. His fraternity brother played the keyboard and sang and I was there for harmony. It was such fun! We sang a lot of Billy Joel songs.

    Today I feel I am beginning again. For the first time in over 30yrs, I have hope that a dr will help me with my growing health problems I’ve had since I was in high school. I feel like While I’m only 49, I have felt like I’m 80 for the past few years. I feel God has lead me to this naturopath dr to give me new hope and a renewed life. I have never seriously considered ending my life, I have had fleeting thoughts about how much more peaceful and easy life would be if God would take me. The pain and fatigue I’ve been dealing with the past several years is not something I relish living with until I die. If there’s a way to live without it, I’d sure like to find it.

    • This is SO inspiring, JoJo! I know how you’ve struggled and I’m so glad you are now going to have your chance to “begin again”! I’m sure they will lead you down a path of healing and restored vitality and life! Good for you! I’m thankful for the doctor’s and specialists placed in our lives to help us 🙂

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