Someone posted on The Mighty an article about Billy Joel's song 'You're Only Human'. She explained how it helped her to get through her depressive episodes Here's what an article in Songfacts said about the upbeat song:
"After Billy Joel attempted suicide back in 1970 (by drinking furniture polish), it failed to kill him and he wrote the song "Tomorrow is Today" as the suicide note. Later on he was asked if he could write a song that could help prevent teenage suicide. Joel agreed, but the first recording concerned him because it had a dreary and depressing tone that he thought might give troubled teens the wrong message. As a result, he created a new version with bouncy, joyous beats and lyrics about personal forgiveness and optimism for life."
As if we really need another reason to love Billy Joel and his music…
My favorite line from the song is "You probably don't want to hear advice from someone else - But I wouldn't be telling you if I hadn't been there myself."
Because... the more it's talked about, the more there will be understanding, acceptance, and hope. Have I mentioned that before, because it sounds vaguely familiar? ;) Then again, this song was written way back in the seventies. I guess Billy was very ahead of the times.