New York State Of Mind Lyrics - Billy Joel

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Some folks like to get away
Take a holiday from the neighbourhood
Hop a flight to Miami Beach
Or to Hollywood
But I'm taking a Greyhound
On the Hudson River Line
I'm in a New York state of mind

I've seen all the movie stars
In their fancy cars and their limousines
Been high in the Rockies under the evergreens
But I know what I'm needing
And I don't want to waste more time
I'm in a New York state of mind

It was so easy living day by day
Out of touch with the rhythm and blues
But now I need a little give and take
The New York Times, The Daily News

It comes down to reality
And it's fine with me 'cause I've let it slide
Don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside
I don't have any reasons
I've left them all behind
I'm in a New York state of mind

It was so easy living day by day
Out of touch with the rhythm and blues
But now I need a little give and take
The New York Times, The Daily News

It comes down to reality
And it's fine with me 'cause I've let it slide
Don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside
I don't have any reasons
I've left them all behind
I'm in a New York state of mind

I'm just taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River Line
'Cause I'm in a New York state of mind.

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New York always be my state of mind | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/5/14

Billy Joel wrote this song before I was born, but I can smell the Riverside or Chinatown whenever I hear the song. It may not be a hit of XXI century but is really an excellent definition of the New Yorker soul.

Never been to New York | Reviewer: Jerry Cornelius | 4/29/14

I'm not sure why people twang so hard on Billy Joel for this song.It's actually pretty good. I'm from Canada so really don't care much about New York but this song sort of makes me want to experience it.

Not so lucky | Reviewer: T | 7/20/13

Dear Lucky L.

That's good. Don't share it with your grandkids. Even better don't speak to them at all.
Funny how from your comment it's you who sounds bitter and miserable...

Just a thought.

Open to Interpretation | Reviewer: Princessa | 6/12/13

This song has gotten recent attention earlier this year when a student ar Vanderbilt University accompanied Billy Joel onstage.It was an outstanding performance. I am Canadian and have never been to New York. No doubt alot of what the previous writer said is true but it all comes down to personal experiences and personal choices. Say what you will about the lyrics - but musically this song is a masterpiece. Bravo!!

I Shook the Dust From My Feet | Reviewer: Lucky L. | 11/19/12

Who wants to be in a New York state of mind? Who wants to be sandwiched into an outrageously-priced apartment with other sardines crammed below, above, and all four sides, giving up half your income for a mere pigeonhole? Who really wants to brave the smelly, crowded subway system, the rude people, the incredible restaurant-menu, museum, parking, and theatre prices? Who actually enjoys using the taxi-system Manhattan has to offer? Who wants to live their lives at a frantic, competitive pace, constantly playing the game of egotistical one-upmanship on friends and neighbors, placing value on who can put up the best front? Apparently New Yorkers want to, and good for them - they can have it! When it hit me that living life in a "New York state of mind" is essentially a euphemism for insanity, I moved away and shook the dust from my feet as I did so, and have never once looked back. P.S. I met and spoke with Billy Joel and it's not something I plan on sharing with my grandkids. He's a miserable, worn-out drug-abuser.

A great song, a great city, in a great country, makes me longer for a return. | Reviewer: Inger Baldrup, Denmark | 10/30/12

I,m still in a New York state of mind, miss the city, can smell it,when I see a movie, the warm air in the subway, The beautiful song makes me sad, I remember so many great moments. You can travel to the end of the world, but once you feel you belong, no other place will do. Billy Joel felt it, he made the song to tell the world! -I Stayed 4 years, working in the city,had to go back to Denmark, but I took a GREYHOUND - on the Hudson River Line - through most of the states for 1½ month, had to see it all. I will go back soon, have waited too long, it's 46 years ago, I'm still in a New York state of mind. Inger B.,Denmark

Ebb and Flow | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/29/11

Like many stories, this one allows us to find our personal experiences within the theme. It seems the author is a New Yorker who appreciates peace of mind found elsewhere having escaped the frantic street rhythms of his home town. Now discovers he and the city share a need for the sophisticated character of New York city life. Unlike "Just the Way You Are" he stole from an old 30s jazz number (watch the second family singalong number with dad at the piano in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters") I can't think of another composition anything like New York State of Mind. Love it!

Remarkable sense of meaning | Reviewer: Kevin | 1/24/11

the meaning of the song is not to promote New York or to say how great it is saying how so many people want to get away from where they are and they do not realize the greatness of where they already are.

You guys misjudge this song... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/18/10

This song was written to evoke a sense of belonging... To describe home when you've been out of touch with yourself... a place to go back to when you realize its time to go back to where you came from for a while. Be it Toledo Ohio or New York, which happens to be Billy Joel's home, as well as mine. I love the way he describes my state, with so much more than buildings and a statue of liberty he actually shows that theres more.

I guess I'm in love or sth.... | Reviewer: aZ | 3/5/10

heh. n I thought he's talking about love in this song.... sth like he's been playing around enough to know that now he's ready to settle for the real thing:D I have never been to the US ... so maybe that's why I got a completely different vibe from the song;)

PS. it's unbelievable how different ppl perceive things differently... isn't it?

How can you not say that New York State of Mind is not one of the best tunes to come out of that town? | Reviewer: D.G.T | 2/27/10

All the people that pan this song have a very weird problem. Well, two: I can't really understand how some people could possibly not like the tune; but it is a taste issue I suppose.
But criticizing the lyrics? Are these people really having trouble with english? Lyrics are not supposed to read like government reports. They are just supposed to evoke ideas/images in your mind. And if you link those lyrics with a tune with the Jazz flavor of New York State of Mind - I can't think how you could say its not fantastically evocative of Gotham.
And just remember everybody, that is the only "must" requirement of lyrics/poetry: it has to put you mind to thoughts of whatever the song/poem is about.
That was song my wife and I sang on Broadway on our one visit to NYC. It just popped into my head and I started singing it; my wife joined me immediately. We got some smiles from all the New Yorkers that passed the two hicks from outside the city singing the song on a New York city sidewalk - but they smiled, they didn't frown.

New York state of mind,,,,Al Jarraeu | Reviewer: Larry | 4/24/09

Someone Please help me out here I heard this song a few years ago,,,and it was Great on the Radio..and i,m sure it wasn't Billy Joel,,,It sounded like Al Jarraeu did he ever do this song ??? Please Help,,,its driving me crazy LOL.

Missing the Boat Completely | Reviewer: Claire P. | 4/22/09

I don't understand why previous commenters are panning this song as an incomplete anthem for NYC. This song wasn't written to be the definitive 'New York' song. This is a beautiful, haunting, adn sweet song abotu coming back to your roots, your moral grounding after being loose in the world. It is a narrow interpretation to think this song is about New York-the song is about his state of mind. Billy Joel grew up in New York, that is where his 'real self' lies. The song is about going out into the world, losign yourself a bit and coming back to that place where you feel like yourself the most.

New York doesn´t reflect this song at all, obviously, but what a song... | Reviewer: Homero González | 1/2/09

Why don´t we think Billy didn´t want this song to be a an anthem or something like that. People is who turns a song into an anthem or not. Unbelieveable a three minute song that repeats twice "China Town or Riverside" has become an anthem eventhough a few people thinks opposite.
I´ve been in New York and believe me this crazy city is more than a China Town or the River Side. So, Billy doesn´t need to get deeper and deeper into the whole New York City concept to make a three minute song a very good song.


Homero González,

Monterrey, México

It gives me the blues. | Reviewer: Bleh. | 10/8/08

The first verse goes off great, but i agree with Scott. It was horribly executed, and you can't fit everything about a great city into a three minute song, so why do you have to repeat half of it again?

And this is why Frank Sinatra's New York, New York will forever be the theme song to this great city.

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