"For The Longest Time" as written by and Billy Joel....
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
Oh, oh, oh
For the longest time
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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"Longest Time" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThe song is about two friends, the guy finally decides to step up and tell her that he likes her and doesn't care what the consequences are, even if he loses her.
    HRodMusicon July 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about how great it is to find someone who makes you happy.
    peaceblossomon December 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit seems as if he's at the "peak" of his relationship.. *sigh* that's always a great feeling. =D i love this song, and it's even more fun to sing with my friends in small chorus. =]
    eclecticSOULon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first song I really fell in love with, and learned the lyrics to. I was about 3 years old, and I think back then I knew what the song meant. Something like finding love after being alone for a long time...
    lilamishgirl26on March 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell this song is amazing, its so amzing. the song is almost certainly about billy joel's cat "uncle kevin" who he named after his late uncle (Otis) who is now dead. The song basically tells the story of uncle kevin the cat who on a monday evening go's out for a strol and is hit by a car.
    t_tomon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentT Tom, you're kidding right? This almost certainly sounds like a romantic song, not about a cat.
    stoolhardyon July 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEr T Tom, one of his lines "Now I know the woman that you are." It's woman he's singing to, not cat. Nice try.
    stoolhardyon July 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBilly joels for the longest time is an extremely interesting song because originally the song was going to be called “for the longest LINE” as billy joel was an extremely accomplished mathematician he was captivated by the wonderful “line” and its design. He then decided to try his best to write a really good song about the line and its creation I have managed to get a copy of part of the original version :


    “whooohhhhohh for the longest line
    whooohhhhohh for the longest-line

    If you said goodbye to line tonight
    their would still be lines left to create
    what else could I do?
    I'm so inspired by you
    That hasn't happened for the longest line..

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


    that’s all I could get im afraid, an interesting fact about Billy Joel is that his beard is completely fake, and is wife is called mosses.
    t_tomon September 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought this was about drugs.

    ....what?
    Sydeon February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeriously, its pretty much a love song to Christie B. About how he hasn't felt this way for so long, he forgot how wonderful it feels, and even if it doesn't last he will cherish the feeling now.
    crdesqon March 08, 2006   Link

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