IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME

Live 24 Jun 1993 version


[Spoken intro:] One two, alright. Come on out, alright. South! Alright. There he is just in from, I won't say it (Southside: Lord have mercy). Just back from, I won't say it [Southside lived in Connecticut at the time]. He used to live in New Jersey but now he lives in... I won't say it. Ah! (Southside : Leave me alone now. Yeah baby) The ???, the inevitable, Southside. Alright, let's ??? (Southside: Here's a song for all the people that kept faith in rock and roll, like Top-10 Scotty out there, all the people who've dedicated their life to rock and roll, this song is for you). Alright, if you say so.

One, two, one two three

Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa

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

Playin' cards 'till the sun came up, rollin' dice
Goin' down to the club and listen
to the blues all night
You know girls out on the corner get lonely now and then
We'd never be that free again, whoa

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

Workin' just enough, just enough to pay a little rent baby
???, money got made baby and money got spent
Sleeping when we had nothin' left to do
Under the boardwalk and up on the roof

Yeah, we never quite fit and we never ever played the game
Came out crawling like a runaway train
??? all night talkin' about dreams of better days
Ain't it funny how some things don't change

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

Yeah!
Yeahhh!
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Yeah

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

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

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

Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa, yeah!

It's been a long, long time
It's been a long time baby
Yeah baby
Yeah raise your glass darling
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
You can raise your glass darling
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa, whoaaa
It's been a long time baby
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
It's been a long, long time baby
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa, yeahhh
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa
Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa

It's been a long time since we laughed together
It's been a long time since we cried, ??? darling
Raise your glass to the comrades we've lost
My friend it's been a long, long time, yeah-yeah-yeah

It's been a long time, it's been a long time, since we laughed together, a long time baby
It's been a long time since we cried, whoa-whoa-whoaaa
Raise your glass, yeah, to the comrades we've lost
My friend it's been a long, long time, whoaaa
Yeahhh, whoa yeah
Baby!
Yeah baby


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 24 Jun 1993 performance of IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, during the World Tour 1992-1993.

Ticket stub for the 24 Jun 1993 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Ticket stub for the 24 Jun 1993 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
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Pass for the 24 Jun 1993 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Pass for the 24 Jun 1993 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

The 24 Jun 1993 Show

The 24 Jun 1993 show at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, was the second-to-last of the World Tour 1992-1993. Billed as "A Concert To Fight Hunger", it raised money for several food banks and relief organisations in New Jersey and New York. As Backstreets magazine reported, the Community FoodBank Of New Jersey, the Food And Hunger Hotline, and World Hunger Year each reaped more than $159,000 to further their efforts to eradicate hunger.

The show featured guest appearances by Joe Ely, Southside Johnny, the Miami Horns, and several members of the disbanded E Street Band. The setlist was notable for its rariries and one-off performances.

  1. I AIN'T GOT NO HOME [with Joe Ely]
  2. SEEDS
  3. ADAM RAISED A CAIN
  4. THIS HARD LAND
  5. BETTER DAYS
  6. LUCKY TOWN
  7. ATLANTIC CITY
  8. 57 CHANNELS (AND NOTHIN' ON)
  9. BADLANDS
  10. SATAN'S JEWELED CROWN
  11. MY HOMETOWN
  12. LEAP OF FAITH
  13. MAN'S JOB
  14. ROLL OF THE DICE - EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE
  15. DOES THIS BUS STOP AT 82ND STREET?
  16. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  17. BRILLIANT DISGUISE [with Patti Scialfa]
  18. HUMAN TOUCH [with Patti Scialfa]
  19. THE RIVER
  20. WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN
  21. SOULS OF THE DEPARTED
  22. LIVING PROOF
  23. THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER - BORN IN THE U.S.A.
  24. LIGHT OF DAY
  25. SETTLE FOR LOVE [with Joe Ely]
  26. GLORY DAYS [with Steve Van Zandt]
  27. THUNDER ROAD
  28. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME [with Steve Van Zandt and The Miami Horns]
  29. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [with Clarence Clemons, Steve Van Zandt, and The Miami Horns]
  30. BORN TO RUN [with Clarence Clemons and Steve Van Zandt]
  31. MY BEAUTIFUL REWARD
  32. BLOWIN' DOWN THIS ROAD [with Joe Ely, Soozie Tyrell, and Patti Scialfa]
  33. HAVING A PARTY [with Steve Van Zandt, Patti Scialfa, and The Miami Horns]
  34. JERSEY GIRL [with Max Weinberg]
  35. IT'S ALL RIGHT [with Steve Van Zandt and The Miami Horns]

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]

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