New York State Of Mind cover
New York State Of Mind cover

New York State Of Mind Lyrics Meanings
by Billy Joel

Rock
2001
529

New York State Of Mind Lyrics

Some folks like to get away,
Take a holiday from the neighborhood.
Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood.
But I'm takin' 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 Rockys under the evergreens.
I know what I'm needin', and I don't want to waste more time.
I'm in a New York state of mind.

It was so easy livin' day by day
Out of touch with the rhythym 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.
I don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside.
I don't have any reasons.
I left them all behind.
I'm in a New York state of mind.
Oh yeah.

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

It comes down to reality, and it's fine with me cause I've let it slide.
I don't care if it's Chinatown or on Riverside.
I don't have any reasons.
I 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, I'm in a New York state of mind.

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Something that tends to happen is that you have lived for so long in a place, that you lose the charm of it. You don't see the things that it has anymore, the wonderful sides and sights. And then one day you leave and miss it. And start seeing the differences with wherever you are now and figure out that the other place was HOME and you can appreciate it. It seems like Billy Joel is seeing everything that New York has to give and forms his own "State of Mind" about it.

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