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Uptown Girl
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Uptown Girl

Billy Joel
Album:
An Innocent Man

Song Meaning and Background of Uptown Girl by Billy Joel


n an interview with Howard Stern, Joel claimed that the song's original title was "Uptown Girls" and that it was written while he was with Christie Brinkley, Whitney Houston, and his ex-girlfriend Elle Macpherson.


The song was originally written about Joel's relationship with Macpherson, but it eventually turned into a song about his soon-to-be wife, Brinkley. Both ladies were among the most well-known supermodels of the 1980s.


Joel claimed that Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' music served as the song's inspiration.


Lyrics of Uptown Girl by Billy Joel


Uptown girl

She's been living in her uptown world

I bet she 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

Release Date

1983

Songwriter/s

Billy Joel

Producer/s

Phil Ramone

Label/s

Columbia

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