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 famously played the song at the The Concert for New York City, the October 2001 benefit concert for the New York City Fire and Police Departments and the loved ones of families of first responders lost during the terrorist attack on New York City on 9/11. He reprised that theme, playing it during his set at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Dec. 12, 2012, where he changed lyrics to include the likes of "Breezy Point."
Some folks like to get away Take a holiday from the neighbourhood 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 wanna 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
"How Long Has This Been Going On?" was originally written as a duet by George and Ira Gershwin for a Broadway show called Smarty. It was a song for Adele Astaire and Jack Buchanan on the occasion of their first kiss. According to lyricist Ira Gershwin in his book Lyrics on Several Occasions, the musical received a lukewarm reception at the Philadelphia preview. Two weeks later the song was dropped from the show and replaced by "He Loves and She Loves" ("not as good a song as the former," says Gershwin, "but one that managed to get over.")
Thirty years later Fred Astaire starred with Audrey Hepburn in a film version of Funny Face in which "How Long Has This Been Going On?" is sung by Hepburn and also appears as an instrumental. In the Broadway show brother and sister each fall in love with someone quite different from themselves. But in the movie Astaire is a fashion photographer who discovers a bookish waif whom he turns into a top model, and they fall in love despite an apparent age difference.
Neath the stars, at bazaars Often I've had to caress men Five or ten, dollars then, I'd collect from all those yes-men Don't be sad, I must add, that they meant no more than chess-men
Darling, can't you see? 'Twas for charity? Though these lips have made slips, it was never really serious Who'd have thought, I'd be brought to a state that's so delirious?
I could cry salty tears Where have I been all these years? Little wow, tell me now How long has this been goin' on?
There were chills up my spine And some thrills I can't define Listen sweet, I repeat How long has this been goin' on?
Oh, I feel that I could melt Into heaven I'm hurled I know how Columbus felt Finding another world
Kiss me once, then once more What a dunce I was before What a break, for heaven's sake How long has this been goin' on?
Kiss me twice, kiss me twice then once more That makes thrice, let's make it four What a break, for Heaven's sake How long has this been goin' on?
It appears in the backstager Warner Brothers musical film 42nd Street. The song was inspired by one of the women working at the Warner Brothers studio, who when asked why she was still dating a certain man, said that he was getting to be a habit with her. In the movie, it is sung by the leading lady Dorothy Brock, played by Bebe Daniels.
I don't know exactly how it started, But it started in fun; I just wanted someone to be gay with, To play with someone. But now I realize that I should never let it go, And I've found to tell you so.
Every kiss, every hug Seems to act just like a drug You're getting to be a habit with me
Let me stay in your arms, I'm addicted to your charms You're getting to be a habit with me
I used to think your love was something That I could take or leave alone But now I just couldn't do without my supply, I need you for my own
No I can't break away I must have you every day As regularly as coffee or tea You've got me in your clutches and I can't break free You're getting to be a habit with me You're getting to be a habit with me
Lyrics ,Music:Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber, and William Tracey
The song was publishe 1930.
One of the early recorded versions was done by Louis Armstrong in 1931. It was made famous by Billie Holiday, who recorded her version in 1939 on Vocalion Records.
I was just minding my bussiness Life was a beautiful song Didn't have a care nor worry Then you had to come along
Maybe you think I'm just flirtin' Maybe you think I'm all lies Just because I get romantic When I gaze in them there eyes.
I fell in love with you the first time I looked into Them There Eyes And you have a certain li'l cute way of flirtin' With Them There Eyes
They make me feel so happy They make me feel so blue I'm fallin', no stallin' In a great big way for you
My heart is jumpin', you've started somethin' With Them There Eyes You better look out li'l brown eyes... if you're wise They sparkle. They bubble They're gonna get you in a whole lot of trouble Oh baby... Them There Eyes.
I fell in love with you the first time I looked into You have a certain li'l cute way of flirtin' They make me feel so happy They make me feel so blue Fallin', no stallin' In a great big way for you
My heart is jumpin', you've started somthin' With Them There Eyes You better look out li'l brown eyes, if you're wise Sparkle¡ªBubble¡ª Get you in a whole lot of trouble. I'm lookin' for the boy with the whisful eyes I fell in love. With Them There Eyes
The song was written for the musical St. Louis Woman, and was published in 1946.
Recordings were made in 1946 by Sy Oliver (with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), Dinah Shore, Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes, and Margaret Whiting. Although the song did not actually make the charts in the period following its publication, it has become a standard.
I'm gonna love you like nobody's loved you Come rain or come shine High as a mountain, and deep as a river Come rain or come shine
I guess when you met me It was just one of those things But don't ever bet me 'Cause I'm gonna be true if you let me
You're gonna love me, like nobody's loved me Come rain or come shine Happy together, unhappy together And won't that be just fine
The days may be cloudy or sunny We're in or we're out of the money But I'm with you always I'm with you rain or shine
The song was written for a 1933's short-lived musical, "Hold Your Horses." Its lovely tune always sets me remind something adorable.
Even if you do not must leave, and torch song sang my heart can not have forgotten that lover.
I often wonder why you came to me Brought such a flame to me then let it die And if another love should find my heart It will remind my heart of your goodbye With every new love you'll come back to me In other eyes; it's you I'll see
If I love again, though it's someone new If I love again, it will still be you In someone's else's fond embrace I'll close my eyes and see your face
If I love again I'll find other charms But I'll make believe You are in my arms
And though my lips whisper, "I love you" My heart will not be true I'll be loving you Every time I love again
Kaempfert originally used it under the title "Beddy Bye" as part of the instrumental score for the movie A Man Could Get Killed.
The song was made famous in 1966 by Frank Sinatra.
Strangers in the night, exchanging glances Wondering in the night; what were the chances? We'd be sharing love before the night was through Something in your eyes was so inviting Something in your smile was so exciting Something in my heart told me I must have you
Strangers in the night, two lonely people We were strangers in the night Up to the moment when we said our first hello, little did we know Love was just a glance away, a warm embracing dance away And ever since that night, we've been together Lovers at first sight, in love forever It turned out so right for strangers in the night
Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song in 1954. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard often featured in popular culture. Frank Sinatra's 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon.
Poets often use many words To say a simple thing It takes thought and time and rhyme To make a poem sing With music and words I've been playing For you I've written a song To make sure you know what I'm saying I'll translate as I go along
Fly me to the moon Let me play among the stars Let me see what spring is like On Jupiter and Mars In other words, hold my hand In other words, baby, kiss me
Fill my heart with song And let me sing for ever more You are all I long for All I worship and adore In other words, please be true In other words, I love you
The song was published in 1927 and introduced in the Broadway musical Hit the Deck, starring Stanley Holloway, and opened in April, 1927. The song was performed in the musical by Charles King and Louise Groody, who also made a recording for Victor Records, catalog number 20609. The best-selling versions were by King and Groody and by Roger Wolfe Kahn (with vocal by Franklyn Baur), also issued by Victor (catalog number 20599). Two other versions, a duet by Baur and Gladys Rice on Columbia Records (catalog number 998-D) and a vocal by Vaughn De Leath on Brunswick Records (catalog number 3608) also had a significant degree of popularity.
Sometimes I'm happy, Sometimes I'm blue. My disposition Depends on you.
I never mind The rain from the sky If I can find The sun in your eyes.
Sometimes I love you, Sometimes I hate you. But when I hate you, It's 'cause I love you.
That's how I am So what can I do? I'm happy when I'm with you.
Fischer was Laine's pianist and musical director when he composed the tune, and Laine was asked to write a lyric for it. The Pied Pipers were the first to release the song, and as well as Laine, it has since been recorded by such notable vocalists as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Tony Bennett.
No tears, no fears, Remember there's always tomorrow So what if we have to part, We'll be together again
Your kiss, your smile, Are memories I'll treasure forever So try thinking with your heart, We'll be together again
Times when I know you'll be lonesome, Times when I know you'll be sad Don't let temptation surround you, Don't let the blues make you bad
Someday, someway, We both have a lifetime before us For parting is not good-bye, We'll be together again
It was introduced in their 1936 musical On Your Toes by Doris Carson and David Morris, although it was not popular at the time, as there was only one 1936 recording of the tune. In the 1937 London production, it was sung by Gina Malo and Eddie Pola. The song was performed in the 1954 Broadway revival by Kay Coulter and Joshua Shelley.
Look at yourself, if you had a sense of humor You would laugh to beat the band Look at yourself, do you still believe the rumor That romance is simply grand?
Since you took it right on the chin You have lost that bright toothpaste grin My mental state is all a-jumble I sit around and sadly mumble
Fools rush in, so here I am Very glad to be unhappy I can't win, but here I am More than glad to be unhappy
Unrequited love's a bore And I've got it pretty bad But for someone you adore It's a pleasure to be sad
Like a straying baby lamb With no mammy and no pappy I'm so unhappy But oh, so glad!