3 pages | PDF | 794.2 KB"Only The Good Die Young" is a song by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. This iconic hit was composed by Billy Joel with words and music and is 43 measures long. It is written in both the key of C major and A minor. The song is about a young man in love with a Catholic girl and his wish for her to break free from the confines of her strict upbringing. The chorus encourages her to "come out tonight and play." The song also contains strong references to popular culture of the 70s, with lines of homage to the works of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger. The song reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains one of Joel's most popular singles.