Hawthorne, Mayer - A Long Time Lyrics




Oh, Henry was a renegade
Never liked to play it safe
One component at a time
There's got to be a better way
Ohh people came from miles around
Searching for a steady job
Welcome to the Motor Town
Boomin' like an atom bomb

[Bridge:]
Oh, Henry was the end of the story
Then everything went wrong
And we'll return it to its former glory
But it just takes so long

[Chorus:]
It's gonna take a long time
It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
It's gonna take a long time
It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day

Oh, Berry had a record store
Started up a studio
Oh, West Grand Boulevard
Turned it into solid gold
Oh, people all around the world
Tunin' into radios
Welcome to the Motor Town
Buckle up 'cause here we go

[Bridge:]
Oh, Berry was the end of the story
then everything went wrong
And we'll return it to its former glory
But it just takes so long

[Chorus:]
It's gonna take a long time
It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
It's gonna take a long time
It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day

Wherever we're going
It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
Whatever we're doing
It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
However you want it
It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day





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Hawthorne, Mayer A Long Time Comments
  1. MR1952620

    What’s up with Dracula @1:38 ?

  2. WE DO ISH

    DETROIT IS LOOKING SHINY NOW!🕊👍🏽

  3. Serena B

    Hello, I love to dance- always have- and I dig this song's groove! I do estatic dance which uses rhythm to move into expanded states of consciousness. I can grove into that place. I love the music and the unique expression of all the people who danced and made this video possible! I like another dance song you do with you dancing in a strobe light. Do you have a mailing list.

  4. Cowboy Bebop

    That's when women used to move and groove.

  5. Louis Compian

    2020 buckle up cause here we go

  6. Bill Billard

    Hey nineteen

  7. Ask After B

    Steely Dan sample ??

  8. Ray Foster

    I just discovered this artist.
    This song is soo Steely Dan. I can't get enough of it!
    So many amazing songs in the style of music I listened to growing up. It's like he is continuing to write some of the great songs that didn't get written back then.

  9. daves disco

    62 here .....love this to death.!

  10. Trapper Dan

    Damn that hot Girl 0:45 looks totaly like my ex gf....
    Wow i think she‘s a time traveller

  11. MiloMtc

    Blackula is the man!!!

  12. gogussie

    ❤️ he has a great voice!!
    Just discovered Mayer..😍
    Give me some dance music baby, R&B style 💥💫⚡️ ohhhhh💋

  13. David H

    Who ever had to do the Costume design and Time period research killed it! Should have added some Op and Guess jeans. Ha

  14. J Cloutier

    Detroit super soul nerd.

  15. Holly

    Just realized Mayer Hawthorne sounds like herbert the pervert.

  16. Corbijen

    This is Fucking Great!!!!

  17. Sancho Enkhbayar

    used to party hard on this back in the days, nostalgic shit right here

  18. kalef1234

    actually published in 4:3 aspect ratio?? Not just black bars. Respect

  19. Algy Graham

    The sleazeball in the cape is only wearing it to distract from the fact that his one and only dance move is Shit and he's out of place surrounded by beautiful young people; "These are not the droids you're looking for"!

  20. dno mclean

    Timeless

  21. Jade Lee Rozales

    throwing it down baby...

  22. Gabensy

    Funky baby

  23. aaron spencer

    Bruh he really did capture the essence of that era. Dance clothes and all

  24. Baimurat Bright

    2019???

  25. Marco Evans

    It's was called The Scene. "Sugar is sugar, salt is salt. If you didn't get-off today it ain't our fault." I grooved up on 6 mile/Gratiot Ave.

  26. MTP Diaz

    2019 for us with this song 👍🏿👍🏿🔥

  27. Tatiana G

    smooooooooth grove....love it!!

  28. Patricia Layne

    Yo i cannot get over this weird dejavu I’m dealing with, is this a cover song ??? Am I tripping?

  29. J Cloutier

    Detroit is booming. The heart and soul of America and not a phony bone in it's body.

  30. J Cloutier

    Mayer Hawthorne is a white nerd boy. Really .

  31. J Cloutier

    Detroit SOUL.

  32. Mucha Boy

    The dude in black 3:12 is hittin😁😁

  33. Debra Brown

    this is so addicting! we need a club like this!!!

  34. SignalsOverTheAir

    I just heard this yesterday in Nordstorm's Cafe and immediately started bobbing my head while I was in line to the beat. I immediately knew this was from the 70's, but which artists or group though. I took out my phone tapped the music recognition icon, and this guy's name popped up. At first I thought my the app misheard, so tried again and again his name kept popping up. I looked up the guy's name and saw a picture of this him and see that he is white, so I started thinking my phone's has to be messed up. I then saw that there was a music video for the song. I played it and I was very surprised that this was the very same song. I would of bet big money that this song was from the 70's and that the guy singing was black. Good to hear and know that artists today are bringing that old school sound and vibe into the 21st century.

  35. QwUiKnEsS

    Best video ever lol 2:47 feels

  36. aTallGuyNH

    Mad mad props to the editor for making the dancers look like they're actually dancing to this song. Incredibly well done.

    Puts to shame the similar Daft Punk video. Maybe they weren't even really trying though?

  37. Roger Piiru

    Just discovered this clip, such a throwback they dug up and captured the old school style and flavor with a seriously hot cut. I'll be playing this video over and over.

  38. moshe moshe

    the best funk original

  39. Freddy Franco

    Great..

  40. Shavonne Stacia

    This dude sounds like Curtis Mayfield! I loved The video, the only thing is this video should've been set in the early to mid 70's......Not the 80's ......But, I loved it because I grew up in the 80's......

  41. Kevin Smith

    Man... this dude is blowin my mind... I can breathe easy knowing he's producing good new music for this generation to hear!!!!

  42. Daniel BALOG

    This video is amazing👏

  43. xThoRr

    Any other one who was reminded of ELO's "Evil Woman" by this? I've heard the ELO's tune on a best of compilation some time ago and thought that there was another contemporary song that involved their piano riff, but I've searched the whole internet and couldn't find it again. It just took a good while until they randomly played Mayer Hawthorne's song on the radio again and I instantly knew from the first seconds on that this is the song I've been looking for such "a long time". It's a great take on the classic by the Electric Light Orchestra.

  44. Chris Lemieux

    Great lyrics all about the history of Detroit

  45. jootai

    must have been a great time

  46. R. R. Rubin

    Oh, Henry was a renegade
    Never liked to play it safe
    One component at a time
    There's got to be a better way
    Oh people came from miles around
    Searching for a steady job
    Welcome to the Motor Town
    Boomin' like an atom bomb
    Oh, Henry was the end of the story,
    Then everything went wrong
    And we'll return it to its former glory
    But it just takes so long
    It's gonna take a long time
    It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
    It's gonna take a long time
    It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
    Oh, Barry had a record store
    Started up a studio
    Oh, West Grand Boulevard
    Turned it into solid gold
    Oh, people all around the world
    Tunin' into radios
    Welcome to the Motor Town
    Buckle up 'cause here we go
    Oh, Barry was the end of the story,
    Then everything went wrong
    And we'll return it to its former glory
    But it just takes so long
    It's gonna take a long time
    It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
    It's gonna take a long time
    It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
    Wherever we're going
    It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
    Whatever we're doing
    It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
    However you want it
    It's gonna take it but we'll make it one day
    Songwriters: Andrew M Cohen

  47. Mylene farmer

    Canon ' franchement j'aime beaucoup son style '
    nouveau mais en même temps intemporel, c'est un vrai plaisir d'entendre du pur son '
    comme il n'y en a plus '
    À l'ancienne '
    il a raison de conserver ça et aussi d'y à porter sa touche perso'
    il a une influence soul funk groove' vraiment je kiff '
    merci merci et encore
    Ps' on en veux encore !!😉
    Belle continuation à vous Mayer '

  48. Ronald Boonstra

    Still going strong :-)

  49. Nom

    these folks can fucking kick it! groovy as hell

  50. Josh Nielsen

    What... on.... earth.... have.... I....... discovered????

  51. Christine Ahern

    I grew up one mile across the international border (Windsor, ON Canada) from Detroit MI and watched RJ Watkins and the New Dance Show all the time. I always wanted to be on the show but I was too young. So weird to see it used in a Mayer Hawthorne video. Lol

  52. Long Vuu

    Migos def got inspired by this music video 😂😂 love you Mayer!

  53. indie 00

    Mayer Hawthorne trabalha bem

  54. GM S

    This is the best music video I've ever seen in my whole fucking life!

  55. indie 00

    Mayer Hawthorne essa musica tocou na oifm

  56. Major Wilkes Jr.

    A lot of celebrity look a likes here .

  57. Teneighty P

    So this is what Bruno Mars listens to, and get his ideas from!? Haha😁

  58. Pazzie Since81

    This is FUCKEN DOPE .... THIS THAT SHIT IVE BEEN LOOKIN FOR... LUVIN THAT SOUND AND GROOVE

  59. Javier Garcia Magan

    Soul train?

  60. el Maske

    I Love those dance moves *-*

    Anyone knows how it is called?
    Especially the guy on 2:22 ...

  61. Brenno Calderan

    really retro, it sounds like a late 80's R&B.

  62. Jeremiah Garcia

    There's always that one white guy at the soul train lol

  63. Vinsioux

    raaah, play repeat, play, reapeat.... :D

  64. Ed Getty

    One great singer /song writer

  65. K4M3KR4Z3

    Some sexy ladies back in the day!!!!

  66. Arthur Workman

    Looks like it's from some old TV dance show.

    tamcon72

    It was the New Dance Show which aired on local TV in Detroit, where it was filmed, in the 80s and 90s.

  67. dgarcia8

    are there any nightclubs like this in the 21st century? with similar music as well?

  68. ripndipp

    When you are NOT the father

  69. Melinda de los Santos

    Kewl doodz!

  70. VAPEMANIAM

    I wouldn't be caught dead in this whack ass club LMFAO!

  71. Dennis Smith

    Before it was "The New Dance Show" it was "The Scene".

  72. k4man123

    No one commenting on how the host changes outfits mid-song?

  73. P A

    I just discovered this artist. I am thoroughly impressed. Like...WOW.

  74. Tony, The Stark

    God damn! This is amazing!

  75. DAVID WOLF

    2011 and still fresh, hot!! This + The Walk = soul heaven ~ thank you for posting a great aughts dancer ~ Cheers, DAVEDJ

  76. UBZUKKI

    excellent

  77. MyMindIstellingMeNoButmyCucumbermyCucumber

    That ending tho xD

  78. boganblues

    Good tune!

  79. AequitasVeritas

    these people are getting down baby!

  80. golf-freq

    Son of a bitch! I can't believe I just now discovered this! This is gravy.

  81. Jane Hoffman

    haha soul train social!

  82. ValiRossi

    Reminds me of growing up in Illinois watching WGN TV. Loved it.

  83. Kurt Etzensperger

    SCHÖNS WEEKEND.

  84. Kingeptacon

    The greatest music video of all-time. Well........besides any Tool video, this top shelf.

  85. pete groover

    thank god someone is keeping Detroit soul alive & doing it well, celebrate  your city ,get in on the tourism maybe ? take care  from an English soul fan

  86. Jay Ross

    I went and bought a cape immediately after watching and home girl in the blue tie die type joint can move

  87. jazzmaan707

    SOOOOOUL TRAAAAAAIN! 

    Awesome video.

  88. Jason Anderson

    195 lost causes

  89. Jason Anderson

    fuck this is awesome!!

  90. Nils F.

    0:31 j'adore le move du type en bleu!

    Mika Shamy

    En lunette et borsa non? cool!

  91. beqa gelovani

    Hello Friday <3

  92. Phobos Mojo

    this shit turnttt

  93. Erik Zion

    3:10 this nerd is on fire

  94. Terry Turner

    Is this real old school footage or filmed in 2011 with actors?

    PIERRE HENRI dias martins

    Terry Turner i think they put the song on a video of. The prgram

    cyrusjerome

    he says mayer hawthorne at the beginning of the video tho

    GFUNK714

    cyrusjerome Looks edited when he says his name. But it's such a dope ass video!!!

    AJ81

    Terry Turner Hawthorn's track on old footage. You can hear the voice is slightly different when 'he' says "Hawthorn.." .. -edited in-
    But wow the whole track fits the video perfectly. So dope. And I'm white trash lol

    vitor3000

    Look up "the new dance show detroit" on youtube

  95. Nemo Collagreen

    I almost thought that was Wayne Brady holding the microphone.....

  96. luthervaughn1

    FOHRSKI/dfdubsquad/tsrgenerals. '16 bumpin' this shit. Motown originals.

  97. Ilona G.

    Mayer Hawthornes best song ever!!