Billy Joel: Hear New Song ‘Turn the Lights Back On’
Billy Joel released his new single “Turn the Lights Back On,” his first new song in decades.
The stunning ballad depicts a couple that’s been together for a number of years. One-half of that couple is expressing regret of, perhaps, getting complacent over their time together. The chorus evolves over the course of the song, but it initially states:
“I’m late, but I’m here right now
Though I used to be romantic
I forgot somehow
Time can make you blind
But I see you now
As we’re laying in the darkness
Did I wait too long
To turn the lights back on?”
“Turn the Lights Back On” can be heard below and is available for streaming, download and physical format purchase here.
The Piano Man’s last studio album was 2001’s Fantasies and Delusions, which was made up of all classical compositions. His last non-classical album, of course, was 1993’s River of Dreams.
Billy Joel at the Grammy Awards
Joel is ending two droughts this month. The first was obviously with the release of “Turn the Lights Back On,” but the second is his return to the Grammy Awards.
As previously reported, Joel will be performing his new single at the 2024 Grammy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 4. In addition to Joel, other artists confirmed to perform include U2, Billie Eilish, Burna Boy, Dua Lipa, Luke Combs, Olivia Rodrigo and Travis Scott.
The last time Joel performed at the Grammy Awards was in 1994. He famously stopped during his performance of “River of Dreams” as a mini-protest against Grammy producers. Shortly before Joel’s performance, producers cut Frank Sinatra’s Grammy Legend Award speech short and went to commercial, thus, cutting off the Chairman of the Board’s speech.
Also making history at the Grammy Awards is Joni Mitchell. It was announced earlier this week the iconic singer-songwriter would be performing at the ceremony for the first time ever. Mitchell is nominated for Best Folk Album for her 2023 live album, Joni Mitchell At Newport. Despite never performing at the ceremony before, Mitchell has won nine Grammy Awards in her legendary career. She was also MusiCares’ Person of the Year in 2022.