Billy Joel - NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

First performance: 16/10/2008


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song two times 

2008-10-16 - HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Change Rocks Barack Obama Benefit) 
Bruce performed the song during "Change Rocks" benefit show for Barack Obama's presidential campaign . Bruce and Billy Joel do a mixture of Joel and Springsteen songs. Patti Scialfa, Roy Bittan, India Arie, John Legend were also present.
 
With John Legend: IF YOU'RE OUT THERE With Billy Joel and his band, Patti Scialfa, and Roy Bittan : MOVIN' OUT (ANTHONY'S SONG) / A MATTER OF TRUST / ALLENTOWN / NEW YORK STATE OF MIND / RIVER OF DREAMS / PEOPLE GET READY (with John Legend and India Arie) / SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED I'M YOURS (with John Legend, India Arie, and Barack Obama)
 
 
 
Headlining the first night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts. 
 

Songinfo

" New York State of Mind " is a song written by Billy Joel which initially appeared on the album Turnstiles in 1976. Although it was never a hit song and was never released as a single, it has become a fan favorite and a song that Joel plays regularly in concert. Joel wrote the song after returning to the East Coast from Los Angeles, where he had spent the previous three years. The inspiration for the song came from his pride in returning home to New York. Joel was literally "takin' a Greyhound [bus] on the Hudson River Line [route]" when the idea for the song came to him, and the song was written as soon as Joel arrived home.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Billy Joel on Bruce Springsteen :
Bruce and Billy Joel are long time friends : Joel’s favorite song 

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 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