Laura

Laura

is about Billy's mother. Read the lyrics.

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This is the song Billy wrote for his Mother. It is on the Sigma Sound Studios CD, 4-15-72. He talks about writing this song for his Mother on this CD. Her name is Rosalinda.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoTwIYsMRcs

He probably did want it to be more mysterious and didn't realise that Liberty would be "digging the dirt" as it were, years later. The chances are a lot of things BJ thought would be private have not remained so. I don't know I'm just guessing.

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Jools

"It's about joy that comes out of sorrow"

Forgive me. I didn't realize that assessment came from Liberty. I would think he should know what he's talking about. That radio comment Billy made just lead me to believe at the time that he wanted the song to remain a mystery.

Not sure what you mean "not sure what could be so delusional about his family"?
There are some fantasy lyrics in his songs: "My old man's Trojans And his Old Spice after shave"
"I've got the old man's car, I've got a jazz guitar I've got a tab at Zanzibar"
He didn't get these things from his father, it's a fantasy.

According to Liberty DeVitto "Laura" is about Rosalind Joel, BJ's mother, Lib even says that the word Laura has the same number of syllables as Mother.

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Jools

"It's about joy that comes out of sorrow"

Just because he mentions an umbilical cord doesn’t necessarily mean it’s about his mother. It can be metaphor for a needy person. Plus when he writes he usually uses real people’s names. Not only did I read it was about his cousin, but he said years ago in a radio interview that it was extremely personal and almost delusional. Not sure what could be so delusional about family.

Yes, it's about his mum.
Read the rest of the thread

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Jools

"It's about joy that comes out of sorrow"

Can anyone say what this song is about?

Sorry misread it.
It reminded me of another incident recently when I heard of LSD being slipped to someone.

Jools

No one ever slipped me LSD as far as I know. It was a dream. The part that made me uncomfortable was that I had the dream before I even heard the song (The Nylon Curtain hadn't been released yet) and the melody had a more of a swinging Broadway Musical/Cabaret feel to it and I guess this stayed in my subconscious until I remembered it. There is also a strange parallel with the fact that the intro is very much like the one for Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

I just can't understand the motives of people that would do something so irresponsible as to slip you LSD, it is just awful. Of all drugs LSD is the worst one to slip anyone as it has that horrible psychoactive effect.
No wonder you had problems with this song, any one of us would be freaked out if that had happened to us.

Jools

This is the second time I've posted at this site and it is about this song. I originally said it was about a cousin of his. I don't know if he has a cousin named Laura but my name is Laura. The song at one time made me very uncomfortable because it describes a lot of my personality. Around 1981 year before the song was released I dreampt I was on a psych ward because someone slipped me LSD at school and I thought on the ward were cartoon caractors. He played and abbreviated version of Laura on the piano and it was more upbeat. In the dream I thought the song was from a broadway musical he had written in the seventies. I did not remember this dream till years later. I now understand why the music gives me the chills even though I love beatlesque music. At the end of the dream he said "Do well in school Laura, lets see if you can tough it out." I had that phrase in my head as my own through the rest of my school years. I was still bullied senselessly. By the time was in the 11th grade I was only listening to Billy Joel through my headphones and was afraid to tell anyone I was a fan. This went on till about 89 when I saw the secong Bayman concert at Jones Beach.

You have to look at the lyrics
"How can she hold an umbilical chord
For so long?"
If you read the lyrics as though it is a man talking about his mother (who had problems of her own) then it makes sense.

Jools

Maybe he was just making up a name so it wouldn't be obvious he was writing about his mom??

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joelsgirl

Ya, i did not think her name was Laura. So who is he writing about? What Laura?

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UA

His mums name is Rosalind

Missed his concert here because of a loss in the family. Hope he will come back again sometime soon

Laura us a brilliant song. Brilliant. Even we in ZA think he is brilliant

Oh, ok..i thought Billys moms name was "Rosalyn" or something. I did not know her name was Laura. Thanx for the info!
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UA

Yes, it is.
Great song

Jools

Amazing song! I have long thought this song was about his mom as well.
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joelsgirl

Great song. Inspired by Lennon no doubt( Mother?)
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UA

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