IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME

Southside Johnny's album version


We lived in a time and a world of our own (J)
Making up the rules as we went along (J)
Just one coat between us
and we never felt cold (S)
We were never gonna get old (S)

Playin' cards 'till the sun came up
and rollin' dice (B)
Down to the club and listen
to the blues all night (B)
Girls on the corner get lonely
now and then (J)
We'd never be that free again (S&B)

It's been a long time since we laughed together
It's been a long time since we cried
Raise your glass for the comrades we've lost
My friend it's been a long, long time

Workin' just enough to pay the rent (J)
Money got made, money got spent (S)
Sleeping when we had nothin' left to do (B)
Under the boardwalk
and up on the roof (J&B)

We never quite fit baby,
we never played the game (J)
Came out explodin'
like a runaway train (S&B)
Up all night talkin' 'bout
dreams of better days (B)
Ain't it funny how
some things don't change (J&S)

It's been a long time since we laughed together
It's been a long time since we cried
Raise your glass for the comrades we've lost
My friend it's been a long, long time

We lived in a time and a world of our own (J)
Making up the rules as we went along (J)
Just one coat between us
and we never felt cold (S)
We were never gonna get old (B)

It's been a long time since we laughed together
It's been a long time since we cried
Raise your glass for the comrades we've lost
My friend it's been a long, long time


Written by Steven Van Zandt and originally released by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes on their 1991 album Better Days. Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt are on second lead vocal on this song of the album.

The above lyrics are for Southside Johnny's album version of IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME as released on Better Days.
(J) Southside Johnny
(S) Steven Van Zandt
(B) Bruce Springsteen

Available Versions

List of available versions of IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME on this website:

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME [Southside Johnny's album version]
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME [Live 24 Jun 1993 version]
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME [Live 31 Jan 1998 version]