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“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”.

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Billy Joel, Uptown girl – 3:18
(Billy Joel)
Album: An innocent man (1983)
Singolo: “Uptown girl” (1983)

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Citazioni.

Uptown Girl è una canzone di Billy Joel pubblicata come singolo nel 1983 ed estratta dall’album An Innocent man. Il testo di Uptown Girl racconta la storia di un uomo di umili origini e dei suoi tentativi di corteggiare una “ragazza dei quartieri alti” (uptown girl). L’ispirazione per il brano fu data a Joel dalla sua relazione con Christie Brinkley, che sarebbe diventata di lì a poco la sua seconda moglie. Nel testo Billy Joel fa riferimento a Il mercante di Venezia di William Shakespeare. Lo stile musicale del brano, che include doo-wop, ed il frequente uso del falsetto, ricorda lo stile di Frankie Valli e dei The Four Seasons. Il singolo raggiunse la terza posizione della Billboard Hot 100 negli Stati Uniti, e la prima nel Regno Unito. Nel 1988, la rivista Rolling Stone ha posizionato Uptown Girl alla posizione #99 nella lista dei 100 più importanti singoli del periodo 1963-1988. Della canzone sono state registrate numerose cover, fra cui si ricordano Alvin and the Chipmunks, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Aaron Carter, Glee, Weezer e i Westlife, la cui versione raggiunse la vetta della classifica dei singoli britannica”.

(Wikipedia, voce Uptown Girl)

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Uptown Girl is a song written and performed by American musician Billy Joel. It was released on September 29, 1983, on his ninth studio album An Innocent Man (1983). The lyrics describe a working-class “downtown man” attempting to woo a wealthy “uptown girl.” The 12″ EP featured the tracks “My Life“, “Just the Way You Are” and “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (catalogue number TA3775), whereas some 7″ single versions featured “Careless Talk” as a B-side (TBC). According to an interview with Howard Stern, Joel had originally titled the song “Uptown Girls” and it was conceived on an occasion when he was surrounded by Christie Brinkley, Whitney Houston and his then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson. According to numerous interviews with Joel, the song was initially written about his relationship with Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife, Brinkley (both women being two of the most famous supermodels of the 1980s). Joel also has said that the song was inspired by the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Although “Uptown Girl” was not as successful in the U.S. as previous single “Tell Her About It“, it was still a big hit. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one in the United Kingdom, staying at that position for five weeks as his only number one hit in the country; it was the second biggest-selling single of 1983 in the United Kingdom behind only Culture Club‘s “Karma Chameleon“, which Joel had knocked off the number one position on November 1, 1983. The song was the 19th biggest-selling single of the 1980s in the United Kingdom, selling 975,000 copies. It has sold 1.02 million copies as of 2013. The title character in the music video was played by Christie Brinkley. Different versions of the music video opening were produced, in which an auto mechanic is watching the end of Joel’s previous hit “Tell Her About It” on a small TV. Then, depending on the version, the next image on the TV is either a blank screen or the logo of the network or TV show the video was on”.

(Wikipedia, voce Uptown Girl)

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