One of Joel's deep cuts, this song shows up in his setlists from time to time, but he avoids it. When Howard Stern asked Joel in 2014 if he still enjoyed performing this song, the singer replied: "Sometimes. It's long. It's a long song. By the time I get to the part about the guy in swimming pool, I'm ready to have it over."
Joel added that he loves the piano break later in the song.
Asked a similar question by Rolling Stone in 2019
, Joel explained that the song didn't age well, a sentiment many fans don't share. "In the verses, there's only two chords, and it goes on and on, and it's kind of a dreary song if you think of the lyrics," he said. "The kid is sitting home jerkin' off. His father's dead in the swimming pool. He lives this dull suburban existence until he gets high. One of the last times I was singing the song, I said, 'This is really depressing.' The only relief you get is when the chorus kicks in."