Billy Joel Explains The Meaning Behind New Song “Turn the Lights Back On”

Billy Joel Explains The Meaning Behind New Song “Turn the Lights Back On” | Society Of Rock Videos

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Billy Joel, the renowned singer-songwriter, recently talked about the story behind his latest song, “Turn the Lights Back On.” In a candid chat, Joel shared that the song is about looking back and questioning past decisions in relationships and life in general.

The song began when Joel met Freddie Wexler, a young songwriter and producer. Despite Joel’s initial reluctance to write new music, Wexler’s persistence paid off, and they started collaborating. Joel explained that the song was partly inspired by the famous Edith Piaf song, “Je Ne Regrette Rien,” which talks about living life without regrets—a notion Joel finds unrealistic.

While Joel remained tight-lipped about the specific inspiration behind the song, he hinted at its multifaceted nature, touching on personal introspection and broader existential themes. The song, Joel suggests, serves as a poignant reflection on past mistakes and the universal longing for a second chance.

Furthermore, Joel’s rare sense of contentment with his vocal performance in “Turn the Lights Back On” speaks volumes about the song’s profound emotional resonance. This departure from his usual self-criticism underscores the song’s authenticity and raw vulnerability.

A Transformative Message Behind

“Turn the Lights Back On” not only captures Joel’s introspective journey but also invites listeners to confront their regrets and embrace the prospect of renewal. As the song resonates with audiences, it is a gentle reminder of the transformative power of self-reflection and the enduring hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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