A Matter of Trust

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

"A Matter of Trust"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album The Bridge
B-side "Getting Closer"
Released 1986
Format 7", CD single
Recorded 1985
Genre Rock
Length 4:08
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"Modern Woman"
"A Matter of Trust"
"This Is the Time"

"Modern Woman"
"A Matter of Trust"
"This Is the Time"

"A Matter of Trust" is a song by Billy Joel released as the second single from his album The Bridge.

The song was the second top 10 single from the album, after the previous single "Modern Woman." The song's music video, directed by Russell Mulcahy and produced and conceived by Paul Flattery, features Joel and his band performing in the basement of a building on St. Mark's Place in New York City's East Village and also features shots of various people in the city who eventually gather round the building's windows to see Joel perform. Most appear to be enjoying the concert except one woman on a fire escape who yells at them to "Shut Up!", however she is ignored and even members of the NYPD do not mind. His then-wife Christie Brinkley appears in the video holding their baby daughter, Alexa. The song differs from most Joel songs in that it is based on electric guitar rather than piano, which gives it a hard rock edge compared to his usual soft rock balladry. It is the only Joel music video that features him on guitar - a factor he cited for saying it was his favorite of all his videos. The song gained major traction in the Soviet Union as part of a state-sponsored television promotion of Joel's songs in preparation for his 1987 USSR concerts, recorded on Kontsert.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 3
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 15
New Zealand Singles Chart 48
Polish Singles Chart[3] 3
South African Singles Chart[4] 3
UK Singles Chart 52
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 17
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 14


  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "A Matter of Trust". Polskie Radio. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  4. ^ ""A Matter of Trust" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. January 10, 1987. Retrieved September 25, 2010.

External links[edit]