“You May Be Right” is a single written and performed by rock singer Billy Joel from his 1980 album Glass Houses. The song reached #7 on the US charts and #6 in Canada. It failed to chart, however, in the UK unlike his preceding and succeeding singles “All for Leyna” (UK #40) and “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (UK #14). The Japanese single features ‘Close to the Borderline’ as a B-side.
“You May Be Right” can also be found on disc 2 of Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits – Volumes I and II and Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert albums. The song famously begins with the sound of broken glass. The featured riff of the song loosely borrows from the Buffalo Springfield hit “Rock and Roll Woman” on the Buffalo Springfield Again album.
The song was used as the theme song for the television show Dave’s World, as sung by Southside Johnny. The song was performed by Garth Brooks on the live video This Is Garth Brooks recorded in Dallas, Texas, and at Brooks’s 1997 New York concert with Joel as a special guest.
The song has been covered by AVAIL, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Keith Urban, The Vindictives, the New Directions glee club on Glee, Southside Johnny, and the Rock Bottom Remainders.
Billy Joel – vocals, piano and harmonica
Dave Brown – electric guitar
Richie Cannata – saxophone solo
Liberty DiVitto – drums and percussion
Russell Javors – electric guitar
Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar