♫ Uptown Girl ♫

Once again, I have been ever-so-gently chided by dear Ellen for my music choice yesterday.  It wasn’t that she didn’t like Stevie Wonder, for she did, but apparently I missed the 70th birthday of Billy Joel.

I have mentioned before that Ellen is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to all things pertaining to music, and she continues to prove me right.  She gave me many facts that I was completely unaware of, such as that Billy Joel had attempted suicide by furniture polish in 1970.  Now, Ellen was very gentle, knowing that I’ve been in a state of angst of late, and she made the chiding nearly painless.  Fortunately, I do like some, though not all of Joel’s music.  However, though she mentioned several songs, I picked a different one, one that I like because it has a beat that makes the toes start tap-tap-tapping and stays in your mind for a while after it’s done.

Released in 1983, Uptown Girl was conceived on an occasion when he was surrounded by Christie Brinkley, Whitney Houston and his then girlfriend Elle Macpherson.

“The song was originally called ‘Uptown Girls’ not ‘Uptown Girl.’ I know its associated with Christie but when I started to write that song I had recently divorced prior to meeting her, all of the sudden I’m a rock star and divorced. All these women were going to go out with me.”

He married supermodel Christie Brinkley less than two years after this song was released, but he wasn’t even dating her when he started writing the song.  Joel also said that the song was inspired by the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  He and Christie divorced after just nine years.

Apologies to Mr. Joel for the belated birthday tribute.  And sorry, Ellen, that I chose a different song … I’ll make it up to you!

Uptown Girl
Billy Joel

Uptown girl
She’s been living in her uptown world
I bet she’s never had a backstreet guy
I bet her mama never told her why

I’m gonna try for an uptown girl
She’s been living in her white bread world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now she’s looking for a downtown man
That’s what I am

And when she knows
What she wants from her time
And when she wakes up
And makes up her mind

She’ll see I’m not so tough
Just because
I’m in love with an uptown girl
You know I’ve seen her in her uptown world
She’s getting tired of her high class toys
And all her presents from her 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
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 I’m not so tough
Just because
I’m in love
With an uptown girl
She’s been living in her white bread 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
She’s my uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl

Songwriters: Billy Joel
Uptown Girl lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

16 thoughts on “♫ Uptown Girl ♫

  1. No doubt you have heard these words that are attributed to the monk and poet John Lydgate (1370-1451), and a longer version that is attributed to Abraham Lincoln : “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you cannot please all of the people all of the time.” Then upon occasion you meet that one person who cannot be pleased any of the time. I was not expecting “Piano Man” as that was recently featured on January 2nd. I remember it well as I then chided you for overlooking the demise of Daryl Dragon, an oversight that you quickly rectified. Now when you pay homage to Billy Joel on his 70th birthday, albeit a day late, you are still not able to please that ungrateful one person. Why, you might ask? The Song!! “Uptown Girl” is not only not a favorite, it doesn’t even get a like from me! I was not even remotely expecting, hoping maybe but certainly not expecting, “We Didn’t Start The Fire”…as you clearly stated your opinion of that song in January. I even would have been willing to compromise with 1983’s “An Innocent Man” instead of my beloved “Allentown”. So a thumb down on this one, but a gold star for trying. In fairness to you, judging by the previous comments…two out of three ain’t bad! Thank-you!

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    • Ahhhh, dear Ellen. I knew you would be disappointed, as were most, I think. That’ll teach me to go for something upbeat, and I’m sure that any one of your suggestions would have met with more favour than my pick. But, that’s okay. I forgot … I meant to comment last night when you said you had moved from Allentown to Gettysburg … Gettysburg is where my friend Herb lived for many years until his divorce in 2014, after which he moved to Mt. Holly Springs. He works for Ahold in Carlisle. Anyway, humble apologies for my choice. I was actually torn between “Uptown Girl” and “Just the Way You Are”, which is one of my most favourites. As you and Keith both mention “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, and as it is apropos for the times, you will see it sometime in the relatively near future. 😉

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  2. Jill, we love Billy Joel in my house. We had a thrill in seeing him back in 2016. This is a great song, with a good video on MTV with Christie Brinkley as the uptown girl and Joel as a mechanic.

    You have a lot to choose from with Joel. My favorite is the reflective “I’ve loved these days,” but his “We didn’t start the fire,” would be apropos today. Keith

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