Friday September 5, 2008 | 1 comment
Editor’s note: In 1978, Billy Joel released his sixth studio album, “52nd Street.” Three tunes from this work made the Billboard Top 100, including “Honesty.” Thirty years later, Beyonce Knowles– born three years after release of the original – covered the tune, bringing back the universal truth of the original ballad about the pervasiveness of life’s little lies. I felt it a fitting metaphor for the fleeting resemblance tea bags have to our beloved whole leaf. I hope you enjoy it:
If you search for a steaming mug
It isn’t hard to find
There’s a Starbucks right down the next street
But if you want a comfort cup
You might as well be blind
You will find it bitter, or too sweet.
I can always buy a bag that claims to satisfy
If I abandon all that I believe
But I don’t need a pretty box
To tell me pretty lies
All I want is water and whole leaves.
I can find the Red Rose
I can find the Stash
I could drink those vapid teas
Until I’m out of cash
A new one can claim to comfort me
With promises again
I know, I know.
Honest Leaf is such a lovely drink
Teabags are so, so untrue
Honest leaf is hardly ever seen
And always what I need in brew.
When I’m deep into a cup
Of real brewed whole leaf
I won’t ask for nothin’ while I’m gone
And when I want some whole leaf tea
There is just one place to turn
Tching’s the one that I depend upon!