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Come out Virginia, don't let me wait
You Catholic girls start much too late
Aw But sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one

Well, They showed you a statue, told you to pray
They built you a temple and locked you away
But they never told you the price that you pay,
Things that you might have done...
Only the good die young
That's what I said
Only the good die young x2

You might have heard I run with a dangerous crowd
We ain't too pretty we ain't too proud
We might be laughing a bit too loud
Aw But that never hurt no one

So come on Virginia show me a sign
Send up a signal I'll throw you the line
The stained-glass curtain you're hiding behind
Never lets in the sun
Darlin' only the good die young
(Woah x5 )
I tell ya
Only the good die young x2

You got a nice white dress and a party on your Confirmation
You got a brand new soul
Mmmm, And a Cross of gold
But Virginia they didn't give you quite enough information
You didn't count on me
When you were counting on your Rosary
(Oh woah woah)

They say there's a Heaven for those who will wait
Some say it's better but I say it ain't
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
The sinners are much more fun...

You know that only the good die young
Oh woah baby
I tell ya
Only the good die young, X2

You say your mother told you all that I could give you was a reputation
Aww She never cared for me
But did she ever say a prayer for me? oh woah woah

Come out come out come out Virgina don't let me wait,
You Catholic girls start much too late
Sooner or later it comes down to fate
I might as well be the one,
You know that only the good die young

I'm telling you baby
You know that only the good die young
Only the good die young
Only the gooooooooooooooood
Only the good die young
Only the gooooooooooooooood
Only the good die young
Ooo ooo ooo...

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    UnregisteredMay 7, 2012 at 11:19 am
    It's a modern day picture of the serpent in the garden utilizing his vile and seductive wiles on a naive and innocent female in order to have her fall by acquiescing to sin and then degenerating further into it to the degradation to her spiritual, psychological and emotional demise... All for his pleasure.
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    UnregisteredMay 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm
    It's actually even more direct than most people here have picked up on. "die" is actually used quite a bit to mean orgasm (coming from the french "petite mort" which means the same). Shakespeare used it an awful lot to mean having sex.

    So when he says "only the good die young"...
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    UnregisteredNov 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    Many of you are over-thinking this. You had to grow up during the time that Billy Joel did to get it. In those days "good girls" didn't have sex. It also came on the heels of a time when the memory of sweeping epidemics taking many young lives. The saying "only the good die young" was used to console parents that their lost child was taken because he or she was too good for earth and God wanted them in heaven. Billy didn't make it up, he just borrowed it. In the song, the singer is very simply trying to convince "Virgin"ia that she could avoid an untimely death by allowing him to be her first (it comes down to fate). Believe me, guys back then used less convincing arguments to seduce a "good girl."
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    UnregisteredMay 27, 2012 at 1:04 am
    It's about the stress and restrictions that absolutist religious codes put on young people to be perfect, and how the net result of all that pressure is that young people miss out on a lot of the great things life has to offer. They die without having really lived, or else they worry themselves into an early grave.
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    UnregisteredApr 23, 2012 at 2:21 am
    Well it seems pretty straight forward: he wants to have get with a catholic girl. Bam. His reasoning is that only the good die young, so why not have a little fun, eh? Of course the name "virginia" means pure. I think it's a pretty funny song, also considering my name is virginia and i am catholic and i did indeed get a nice white dress and a party on my confirmation. Lolz.

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