I won't be long.

What does this phrase mean, and when would it be used?

I heard this phrase in the song "Cheap Thrills."

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    You should add enough of the lyrics to establish the context. In general, it means "I won't be (gone/away) long". – user3169 Aug 5 '16 at 20:33
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    It can mean "I won't take too much time (to do something)". – Foobaz John Aug 5 '16 at 21:07

The lyrics are as follows:

Come on, come on, turn the radio on
It's Friday night and I won't be long
Gotta do my hair, I put my make up on
It's Friday night and I won't be long

Til I hit the dance floor
Hit the dance floor
I got all I need
No I ain't got cash
I ain't got cash
But I got you baby

In this context "I won't be long" means that Sia won't take take too much time to do her makeup and get ready. She wants to dance with her partner sooner rather than later.

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