Scandinavian Skies

Album: The Nylon Curtain (1982)

Songfacts®:

  • Joel says that this song is about the one and only time he tried heroin. The song is a musical recreation of his heroin trip, which he tried on a visit to Amsterdam. "It got me so high, I didn't know how to deal with it," he told Howard Stern in 2014. "I can see how people get addicted to this, because you just get way out and go to another place."
  • The line, "We could play the Blues all night," was written because when Joel did heroin, he felt a compelling urge to listen to Blues music.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Rosanne CashSongwriter Interviews

Rosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge.

Benny MardonesSongwriter Interviews

His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.

P.F. SloanSongwriter Interviews

P.F. was a teenager writing hits and playing on tracks for Jan & Dean when he wrote a #1 hit that got him blackballed.

When Rock Belonged To MichelobSong Writing

Michelob commercials generated hits for Eric Clapton, Genesis and Steve Winwood in the '80s, even as some of these rockers were fighting alcoholism.

Yacht Rock!Song Writing

A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.

David Bowie Leads the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired MenSong Writing

Bowie's "activist" days of 1964 led to Ziggy Stardust.