Uptown Girl

December 15, 2021

The song of the day today is Billy Joel’s chart-topping hit, “Uptown Girl.”

Fun Facts

  • The original title of the song was “Uptown Girls.”
  • In 2010, Billy Joel told Howard Stern that the song is about many different women.
  • Billy Joel wrote the song soon after he met Elle Macpherson, Christie Brinkley, and Whitney Houston.
  • Joel was dating supermodel Elle MacPherson when he started writing the song; when it was released in 1983, he was dating Christie Brinkley.
  • Brinkley appears in the music video for the song.
  • Jon Small, who directed the “Uptown Girl” music video, convinced Billy Joel to dance.
  • Billy Joel has stated that he took inspiration from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons when creating the song’s distinctive 50s-inspired sound.
  • After it was released, the song stayed at the number three position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks in a row.
  • As a surprise for Prince Charles, Princess Diana performed a dance to “Uptown Girl” with dancer Wayne Sleep in 1985.
  • “Uptown Girl” has appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, including Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” and Netflix’s “The Crown.”

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

Uptown girl

She’s been living in her uptown world

I bet she’s never had a backstreet guy

I bet her momma never told her why

I’m gonna try for an uptown girl

She’s been living in her white-bred 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

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh

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-bred world

As long as anyone with hot blood can

And now she’s looking for a downtown man

That’s what I am

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh

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

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