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Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

Uptown Girl

An Innocent Man
80s pop classic rock rock singer-songwriter


"Uptown Girl" is a song performed by musician Billy Joel, whose lyrics deal with a working-class "downtown man" attempting to woo a wealthy "uptown girl". According to the Uptown Girl Songfacts, Joel explained to Howard Stern that he was on vacation in the Caribbean when he was playing the piano, looked up, and saw Elle McPherson, Christie Brinkley and Whitney Houston (who was more a model than a musician at that point) standing over his piano in wonderment watching him play. Joel thanked his creator for his good fortune, and began dating Elle. His first attempt at the song had the lyrics, "Uptown girls, I've been around the world." The music was more of a classical piece when it started. The song was first released in 1983 on his album An Innocent Man. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts in the US, and #1 in the UK; in 1988, Rolling Stone ranked "Uptown Girl" #99 on their list of the 100 most important singles of the period 1963-1988. The style of music, including the doo-wop beat, the close harmonies and Joel's frequent use of falsetto singing, is reminiscent of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The song also has the uncommon feature of changing key from the original two times before giving back, for a total of three keys. Covers of this song have been performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Aaron Carter, Weezer and most notably in 2001 by Irish boy band Westlife, again reaching #1 in the UK, though this time for only one week, whereas Joel's version spent five weeks at the top of the charts. The title character in the music video was played by Christie Brinkley. Joel and Brinkley married in 1985 and divorced in 1994. Subsequently, the song was missing from the setlist during Joel's 1994 "River of Dreams" tour. Different versions of the music video opening were produced, in which an auto mechanic is watching the end of Joel's previous hit "Tell Her About It" on a small TV. Then, depending on the version, the next image on the TV is either a blank screen or the logo of the network or TV show the video was on. The only logos known to be used are MTV and Friday Night Videos.


Billy Joel (born William Martin Joel on May 9, 1949 in Bronx, New York, USA) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973, Joel has become a multi-million-selling recording artist. Joel recorded many popular hit songs and albums from 1971 until he stopped recording pop/rock music in 1993. He is one of the very few rock (or even pop) artists to have Top 10 hits in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Show more ...

Uptown Girl - Billy Joel

Uptown girl, she's been living in her uptown world
I bet she never had a back street guy
I bet her mama never told her why
I'm gonna try for an uptown girl (Uptown girl)
She's been living in her white bread world (White bread world)
As long as anyone with hot blood can (Hot blood can)
And now she's looking for a downtown man (Downtown man)
That's what I am
And when she knows what she wants from her time (wants from her time)
And when she wakes up (She wakes up) and makes up her mind
She'll see (She’'ll see) I'm not so tough, just because I'm in love with an uptown girl (Uptown girl)
You know I've seen her in her uptown world (Uptown world)
She's getting tired of her high class toys (High class toys)
And all her presents from her uptown boys (Uptown boys)
She's got a choice

Uptown girl, you know I can't afford to buy her pearls
But maybe someday when my ship comes in, she'll understand what kind of guy I've been (I’'ve been)
And then I'll win
And when she's walking, she's looking so fine
And when she's talking, she'll say that she's mine
She'll say (She'’ll say) I'm not so tough, (She won’'t) just because I'm in love with an uptown girl
She's been living in her white trade world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now she's looking for a downtown man
That's what I am

Uptown girl (Going uptown), she's my uptown girl (She’'s an uptown girl, going up)
Don't You know I'm in love with an uptown girl (Going uptown)
My uptown girl (She’'s an uptown girl, going up)
Don't You know I'm in love with an uptown girl (Going uptown)
My uptown girl (She'’s an uptown girl, going up)
Don't You know I'm in love with an uptown girl (Going uptown)
My uptown girl (She’'s an uptown girl, going up)
Don't You know I'm in love with an uptown girl (Going uptown)
My uptown girl (She'’s an uptown girl, going up)
Don't You know I'm in love



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