He's in a Syracuse state of mind
Billy Joel serenaded 5,000 Syracuse University students today while on hand to address the graduating class of 2006. Joel never received his high school diploma, but has received honorary college degrees from a half dozen colleges, including a doctorate from Syracuse.
Joel led the crowd in a slightly altered version of "Down in New Orleans," changing the lines for his audience: "Come on everybody, take a trip with me, up to Onondaga County, that's where I'll be. Oh, you're going to be a lawyer or an engineer, you can even study music in the college here. With any luck, you'll get a Ph.D. at Syracuse University."
Here's some other Joel songs that would be appropriate for today's college graduates. So we give you --
Everything a College Grad Needs to Know Can Be Learned from a Billy Joel Song:
-- Only The Good Die Young: "Virginia, they didn’t give you quite enough information"
-- This Is The Time To Remember: "These are the days to hold onto, 'cause we won't although we'll want to."
-- Pressure: "Now here you are with your faith and your Peter Pan advice"
-- Big Shot: "It’s no big sin to stick your two cents in, if you know when to leave it alone"
-- Everybody Has a Dream: "All the fantasies that I have been keeping will make the empty hours easier to stand"
-- Angry Young Man: "I once believed in causes too. I had my pointless point of view"
And considering the job market and economy...
-- Worse Comes to Worst: "Today I'm livin' like a rich man's son. Tomorrow mornin' I could be a bum"