I Love You Just the Way You Are

By Billy Joel

Donít go changing

To try and please me,

You never let me down before.

Donít imagine

Youíre too familiar

And I donít see you anymore.

I wouldnít leave you

In times of trouble,

We never could have come this far.

I took the good times,

Iíll take the bad times,

Iíll take you just the way you are.

Donít go trying

Some new fashion,

Donít change the color of your hair.

You always have my

Unspoken passion,

Although I might not seem to care.

I donít want clever


I never want to work that hard.

I just want someone

That I can talk to,

I want you just the way you are.

I need to know that you will always be

The same old someone that I knew.

What will it take till you believe in me

The way that I believe in you?

I said I love you

And thatís forever,

And this I promise from the heart.

I could not love you

Any better,

I love you just the way you are.


When I sense that God is speaking to me through a secular song, I realize I must listen discriminately. For example, I donít imagine God would ever say, "I never want to work that hard." But I do know that He says He doesnít want us to try to be "clever" in our praying, but to just come to Him and talk. (See Matthew 6:6-8.) Often I change the words so the song will speak the truth more clearly. Just the process of thinking about it, though, helps me meditate on what it really means to be loved by God.

The best part of songs like this is that Iím likely to be shopping for groceries, for instance, and be interrupted by the awareness that Jesus is singing to me through the p.a. system!