Liz and Donny had been together for nearly a year when Billy Joel's An Innocent Man album was August of 1983. Donny had moved into Liz's Concord Street apartment several months earlier and life was going well. Liz left the Greenville Mental Health Services organization to assume the new position as Social Worker Counselor at her alma mater Hillsboro High School. Donny continued to establish himself at Chappell's Auto Sales, Service and Salvage as his father moved closer to retirement. Mr. and Mrs. Chappell were unaware that Liz once slept with Brad (and miscarried his child) and they were pleased to have Liz back in the family circle by now living with Donny.
The ten year anniversary of her weekend with Brad was approaching but all that seemed so long ago now that Liz was living with Donny, her most successful relationship, mostly because it seemed to be predestined from the start
Donny joked that he was 'An Innocent Man' in the arc of her life and Liz agreed, especially when Donny told her some of the horror stories of his youth with an overly aggressive and assertive father who used corporal punishment and verbal abuse to discipline his sons, Donny much more than Brad who "didn't take the old man's shit like I did" said Donny.
Ironically, the single of An Innocent Man was released at just about the ten year anniversary weekend of the one Liz spent with Brad. She didn't mention it to Donny but she was pretty sure he had done the math which was another reason why he claimed 'An Innocent Man' as his own personal anthem.
The album produced more singles than any previous Joel record: Tell Her About It, Uptown Girl, An Innocent Man, The Longest Time, Leave A Tender Moment Alone, and Keeping the Faith.
Donny called Liz his 'Uptown Girl' for years and she loved the Valentine it represented.
Donny proposed to Liz in 1985, the day he brought home Billy Joe's Great Hits Volume 1 album as an added present. She said yes, of course. They had already been saving for a house and now they began to look for a dream one more seriously, driving around Blue County with Billy Joel playing on the cassette.
By the time The Bridge came out in the summer of 1986, the couple had bought a house in the flats section of Hillsboro and had set a wedding date for the next summer. Donny said The Bridge couldn't compare to An Innocent Man but that he liked the A Matter of Trust track the best.
"You can always trust me!" Liz quipped.
It was true. They really had no secrets. They were honest about everything in their relationship and they told one another everything there was to need to know in the past.
When Joel was touring the Soviet Union in 1987, Liz and Donny were getting married at the Greenville Country Club. Liz was 32 and Donny was 30 and they agreed that it was time.
Seven years later, Liz and Donny were singing Billy Joel's 'Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) to their new daughter Brittany, twenty years after Brad left for Vietnam for the final time.
Goodnight, my angel Goodnight, my angel Lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu Goodnight, my angel Someday we'll all be gone
Time to close your eyes
And save these questions for another day
I think I know what you've been asking me
I think you know what I've been trying to say
I promised I would never leave you
And you should always know
Wherever you may go
No matter where you are
I never will be far away
Now it's time to sleep
And still so many things I want to say
Remember all the songs you sang for me
When we went sailing on an emerald bay
And like a boat out on the ocean
I'm rocking you to sleep
The water's dark and deep
Inside this ancient heart
You'll always be a part of me
Now it's time to dream
And dream how wonderful your life will be
Someday your child may cry
And if you sing this lullabye
Then in your heart
There will always be a part of me
But lullabyes go on and on...
Goodnight, my angel
Goodnight, my angel
Someday we'll all be gone
And So will I
Liz said they had come full circle. Donny agreed.