"New York State Of Mind" as written by and Billy Joel....
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 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
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 rhythm 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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"New York State of Mind" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentNew york smiled when this was written
    Ayjizzy010on January 19, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis is an awsome song...everything billy joel does is awsome. hes the coolest guy ever and he grew up on long island just like me he even went to the same high school as my mom. mabye im the only teenager that likes billy joel but when ever "im in a new york state of mind" i take a break from my usual punk and emo ad chill to billy joel. i gotta support a fellow long islander :)
    Daddyslittle defecton June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThat feinstein fellowe doesn't like Mr. Joel's works very much, does he? Anyway, I've liked Billy Joel since... oh, preschool, before I knew about artists and song-writing, etcetera, I only knew what I heard on the radio. I distinctly remember several of Billy Joel's songs (not this one, mind you) and Sting's, well, NOW he's Sting, but I remember the Police recordings. Oh, how I ramble on, such a chatterbox for a 13 year old!
    chat-noiron August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentRANDY NEWMAN MY ASS!
    eaglesfan81on March 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWe sang an arrangement of this song in show choir the year we went to New York. He made us, a bunch of touristy Minnesotans clutching our travalers checks and camera's sing this song in front of a bunch of actual highschool choirs who were probably all laughing at us. Ah... memories.
    Avensongon April 20, 2003   Link
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    General CommentDude this song is awesome! my school districts honor choir sang this and it was sooo good! i love this song! BILLY JOEL FOR LIFE!
    more_punkon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI love whe he adds "And Newsday too" to the list of NY newspapers when he sings this live. It's great when he makes Long island references at local concerts -- sort of makes you feel somewhat closer to him because you have similar experiences, etc.
    LolaBaton October 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song represents New York - and although I'm one of the least New Yorky New Yorkers...this song is amazing. Right at this very moment I'm in a New York State of Mind. That's what happens when a damn yankee liberal decides to go to college in the heart of Texas.

    Anywho, I saw him perform this song live...WITH GARTH BROOKS...IN CENTRAL PARK. What an amazing concert. Just Garth was amazing, but when Billy came out ALL my dreams came true. I've been listening to him before I could even remember. And the only thing that I'm the least bit proud about - is the fact that I walked down the same halls he once walked at the HMS (formally HHS)...ahh Billy.

    Well, anywho... - if you wanna take a break from the same old, same old listen to this song. It's an amazing piece of music. Billy knows how to do it.
    Surfpicoon March 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best Billy Joel songs. I love all the major 7th chords and how he emphasizes the notes. just beatiful
    Duffman12788on May 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBilly wrote this song literally days after returning to NY from California. Next time you listen to the song, picture him on a Greyhound bus, looking out the window, as it drives along the Hudson River towards his new house - and thinking the lyrics to himself (because that is basically how the song came about).
    crdesqon March 08, 2006   Link

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