A Matter Of Trust

Album: The Bridge (1986)
Charted: 52 10
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Songfacts®:

  • In this song, Joel sings about what it takes to make a relationship last. Once the wave of passion subsides, it becomes a partnership where the couple has to trust each other and be there in times of need. Joel married model Christie Brinkley the year before this was released.
  • While Joel is known as "The Piano Man," this is the only song that he regularly plays guitar on in concert, giving him a chance to step out from behind the piano. >>
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    Ken - Louisville, KY
  • This song plays at the end of the 2015 movie Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. Billy Joel is a plot point in the film, as Hader plays a surgeon who always listens to "Uptown Girl" when he operates.
  • Christie Brinkley appears in the music video holding the couple's baby daughter, Alexa. In the clip, Joel and his band are performing in a stuffy basement studio in New York City's East Village. Joel opens the windows and draws an enthusiastic crowd - except for one angry woman who yells at him to shut up.
  • Joel sings of illusory forms of love that are lies of the heart, mind and soul. The sentiment was inspired by Sam Shepard's 1985 off-Broadway play A Lie Of The Mind, which follows the aftermath of an abusive relationship.

Comments: 11

  • Mollybrolly from AustraliaSo that's where the line ...some loves just a lie of the mind...comes from... It's true though. I'm in a wonderful relationship now,after an abusive one, and I still have my fears, all unfounded thank God.
  • James Russell from Apex, Nc@ Sergio From Brazil If you can trust the information from Wikipedia they list "Liberty DeVitto" as the drummer on the original recording. Liberty is also shown in the video as playing the drums. I am not 100% sure but as far as I can tell all the musicians playing and appearing on the video were members of his touring band during this time frame. One of my all-time favorite songs and the music and this video just makes the heart warm and fuzzy. Maybe the poor women screaming "shut up" needed her beauty rest. She failed on all accounts!
  • Sofie Sotillo from FloridaCNN uses an instrumental version of this song for their Importance of Trust ad campaign during the 2020 election.
  • Tommy from MassachusettsI wish there was a music video for "Matter of Trust" without the angry lady.
    A great video, but she totally ruined it!
  • Sergio from BrazilJeff Porcaro on drums?
  • Roberto from Jacksonville, FlOn his Sirius XM channel, Billy says he tried to sound like Robert Palmer on this song. While I’d listened to A Matter of Trust many times before that, can definitely now hear what he describes.
  • Timur from RussiaIn the video you can see Mark Rivera playing keyboards although he didn't take part in the recording.
  • George from Belleville, NjThis is a solid song lyrically and musically.It has drive,it has power,it has meaning.Another winner from Billy Joel's catalog.
  • Nancy from Merle168@insightbb.com, KyHi April I most certainly agreed with you Love the song and Billy Joel:)
  • Eric from Great Neck, NyActually he regularly plays the guitar on We Didn't Start The Fire.
  • April from Nashville, TnI've always loved this song, especially in the beginning when it sounds like he's saying "one two tree, four". Billy Joel is amazing and so is his whole body of work.
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