"The Longest Time" as written by and Billy Joel....
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest
If you said goodbye to me tonight
There would still be music left to write
What else could I do
I'm so inspired by you
That hasn't happened for the longest time

Once I thought my innocence was gone
Now I know that happiness goes on
That's where you found me
When you put your arms around me
I haven't been there for the longest time

Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest
I'm that voice you're hearing in the hall
And the greatest miracle of all
Is how I need you
And how you needed me too
That hasn't happened for the longest time

Maybe this won't last very long
But you feel so right
And I could be wrong
Maybe I've been hoping too hard
But I've gone this far
And it's more than I hoped for

Who knows how much further we'll go on
Maybe I'll be sorry when you're gone
I'll take my chances
I forgot how nice romance is
I haven't been there for the longest time

I had second thoughts at the start
I said to myself
Hold on to your heart
Now I know the woman that you are
You're wonderful so far
And it's more than I hoped for

I don't care what consequence it brings
I have been a fool for lesser things
I want you so bad
I think you ought to know that
I intend to hold you for the longest time


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"The Longest Time" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThis song is not about heroin, or any other drug. He cleary reffers to a woman in at least one line, and he wouldn't use lines like "I'm the voice you're hearing in the hall", it would have been "You're the voice I'm hearing in the hall". Or "If you said goodbye to me tonight", it would have been "If I said goodbye to you tonight" if it were about drugs.

    This is just a really good song because it talks about someone who is just happy to be living in the moment. It's been a hard road for him, but now he's found someone that makes him truely happy and he's willing to risk everything to just give it a chance and see where it goes.
    hotrod78monteon December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a great song... Very upbeat...
    halfaliveon July 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, one of the few upbeat love songs out there...
    It's so great because it's not whiny or complainy. It's just one of those "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
    I for one don't believe in the saying, but it's a nice thought and a nice song. :p
    nirkiton April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMust be one of the greatest and yet highly underrated love songs ever! :)
    carabiner86on May 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song does a perfect job of describing my feelings for this girl. I listened to it repeatedly because I feel that the lyrics are quite powerful. This was the song that made me fall in love with Billy Joel's music.
    HarukaTenohon June 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI found out that the backing vocals to this song were sung by billy himself, which i think is fantastic!
    freddysgirlon October 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti cant believe there arent a lot of comments for this song! its such a perfect song. its talking about his doubts of getting into another relationship because he was hurt before, pretty badly. she kind of saved him and made everything better, so he was like, i don't care if i get hurt again, let's try this anyway.

    Who knows how much further we'll go on
    Maybe I'll be sorry when you're gone
    I'll take my chances
    I forgot how nice romance is
    I haven't been there for the longest time
    I had second thoughts at the start
    I said to myself
    Hold on to your heart
    Now I know the woman that you are
    You're wonderful so far
    And it's more that I hoped for

    that sums up the whole thing.
    echoingnightingaleon November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentooooooh i love this song! i love to go around my house and sing it cause it's wonderful to sing to, and i'm so happy, this spring i'm going to see Billy joel! (does little dance*)
    KristieisRadon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"If you said goodbye to me tonight
    There would still be music left to write
    What else could I do
    I'm so inspired by you
    That hasn't happened for the longest time"

    This just says it completely for me - so she might leave him, but just the experience of knowing her leaves him inspiration forever ^_^
    bayberry_moonon September 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust had to dig out my Billy Joel CDs after I heard this one on the radio today. :D

    Just one of those feel-good songs, you know? Really speaks volumes to me. =)
    DoubtFullon March 05, 2007   Link

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