"New York State of Mind
" is a song written by Billy Joel
which initially appeared on the album Turnstiles
in 1976. While not a hit when it was first released, it has received much more frequent airplay in recent years. "New York State of Mind" enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and radio airplay after the 2001 September 11 attacks
, and is frequently played after New York Mets
, New York Knicks
and New York Rangers
games. It also frequently appears on playlists of adult contemporary and oldies formatted radio stations that broadcast in the New York City market.
Joel wrote the song after returning to the East Coast from Los Angeles
, where he had spent the previous three years. In fact, most of Turnstiles
deals with Joel's cross-country relocation, including "Say Goodbye to Hollywood", "I've Loved These Days", "Summer, Highland Falls
", and "Miami 2017
The inspiration for the song came from this overwhelming sense of returning home to New York, he was "takin' a Greyhound" (i.e. a Greyhound bus) on a bus route called the "Hudson River Line", when the idea for the song came to him. The song was written as soon as Joel arrived home.
The lyrics of "New York State of Mind", in particular, read like an ode
to a lost love. After a vacation from reality, "a holiday from the neighborhood", it is the city's... Read More