What does New York State of Mind mean?

Billy Joel: New York State of Mind Meaning

Album cover for New York State of Mind album cover

Song Released: 1976

New York State of Mind Lyrics

Some folks like to get away
Take a holiday from the neighborhood
Hop a flight to Miami Beach
Or to Hollywood
But I'm talking 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...

  1. anonymous
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    Jan 17th 2020 !⃝

    To me this song is about all the times I spent going there on a Greyhound bus from my university in upstate New York. Every other weekend I would take the bus from the unnamed small town I lived in to this giant metropolis I had come to love and admire. My heart would race as the bus pulled through the never ending Lincoln tunnel Into Port Authority bus terminal. I felt I had arrived where I belonged - I was in a New York State of mind.

  2. m320753
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    Mar 5th 2011 !⃝

    this is a song that would mean more to a new yorker than probably anyone in a different part of the country. it has to be a certain day, and you have to be in an upbeat mood to take a ride around manhattan. you'll see the statue of liberty- ellis island the huge cruise ships docking and leaving the hudson river piers. billy said he read the new york times, but i bet he put it down and leaned back and as so many , myself included just gaze at the city and think what a lucky sob i am to live in the city that never sleeps

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