All Woman, All Girl

Confident, Confused, Sexy, Gawky.

All Woman, All Girl. Just a child?

My first job. Am all of 21. And Billy Joel sang the sang to me, for me…

Sitting in the beautiful, dilapidated Indian Express building, in the Express Estates. Sunday afternoon shift. The dumb shift that interns serve. And we sit listening to this, me and a few others.

A different world, before other women joined the domain. The only female in a department of 12 (apart from the alpha female). A girl amongst men of all ages, attitude and stages of hairloss.

And I sit listening to the song with the guys… feeling confident, confused, sexy, gawky…

The way a woman would feel in a room full of guys. Most of them rather nice.

And without our noticing it, the clock has struck 5, and with that the chief walks in, ordering us back to work. Back to reality…

Memories are made of moments… and while we remember with great clarity the beautiful ones… every breath, every sigh, every smile and every word… the not so great ones are a blur.

The beauty of memory is it’s capability to make the beautiful more beautiful!

On a tough day, Billy Joel is the way to go, girls!

And for all those men who made me understand Joel better — Thanks.

She’s always a woman
She can kill with a smile
She can wound with her eyes
She can ruin your faith with her casual lies
And she only reveals what she wants you to see
She hides like a child
But she’s always a woman to me
She can lead you to
can take you or leave you
She can ask for the truth
But she’ll never believe you
And she’ll take what you give her, as long as its free
She steals like a thief
But shes always a woman to me

Chorus
Oh-she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants
She’s ahead of her time
Oh-and she never gives out
And she never gives in
She just changes her mind
And she’ll promise you more
Than the garden of eden
Then she’ll carelessly cut you
And laugh while you’re bleedin
But she’ll bring out the best
And the worst you can be
Blame it all on yourself
Cause shes always a woman to me
Chorus

She is frequently kind
And she’s suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases
She’s nobody’s fool
But she can’t be convicted
She’s earned her degree
And the most she will do
Is throw shadows at you
But shes always a woman to me

One thought on “All Woman, All Girl

  1. Shyam says:

    Hey, when were you in Indian Express? I’m sure you’re years behind me, but I’m curious anyway! I worked there for 4 years – 1990-1994.🙂

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