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Published on Jun 5, 2012
From the album, River of Dreams (1993), "Two Thousand Years" finds Billy Joel being reflective as the line "time is relentless" probably sums up his thoughts at the time (he was getting older and would soon be getting divorced from his wife, Christie Brinkley). The song caught my attention because of the interplay between piano and drums, the melody and the lyrics. I really like the piano work and the creative percussion.
Joel is at a time in his life where he starts to question the direction his life will take. At the same time, he does a serious exploration of a spiritual nature (throughout the album, actually). Here, the obvious is stated: humanity has acquired much knowledge over the years, but, in spite of this, man hasn't changed at the core. However, even though we're still fighting wars and oppressing people we don't like, love trumps all other desires and emotions. The theme is certainly not new and the ideas are old. But, for someone who is getting older and having life-changing experiences (whatever that particular moment in time is), it's about bringing new life to these ideas. This requires reflection on values that are easily overlooked in the course of our lives.