Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (3:29)

Cover of Piano Man

From Piano Man and 36 other releases

“Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” is a song written and recorded by Billy Joel. The track details the singer’s disgust with the upwardly-mobile bourgeois aspirations of working and lower-middle class New Yorkers who take pride at working long hours in order to afford the outward signs of having “made it”. Joel considers their rejection of their working-class roots (trading a Chevy for a Cadillac and buying a house in Hackensack, New Jersey) to be ultimately futile; in the end, the rewards are a “heart attack” or “a broken back”. The car heard being driven in the song was the bass player’s (Doug Stegmeyer) 1960s Corvette. According to Joel, Anthony isn’t a real person, but rather “every Irish, Polish, and Italian kid trying to make a living in the U.S.”. The song originally appeared on Joel’s 1977 album, The Stranger.

Rhythmic and soothing, nice instrumental portions and clean vocals.


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  • MackSpane

    Been to 3 concerts of his, all in LI... WELL worth seeing. He always plays longer for the LI crowds. He's freakin' amaaaazzzzing!

    12 Nov 2:11pm Reply
  • selene_101

    And it seems such a waste of time....oh yeah, we still love you, Piano Man <3 <3

    20 Oct 7:54pm Reply
  • md1163

    saw him in MSG 30 years ago....

    29 Sep 11:18am Reply
  • supermediadave

    This is one artist I would like to see "Live". Great song.

    23 Sep 4:14am Reply
  • AneezMom


    5 Sep 8:08pm Reply
  • algenon50

    Great Song.......

    10 Aug 1:42pm Reply
  • xKornflakesx

    Sing it Billy! If you like this song, check out the cover by a band called The Supervillians, will not disappoint!

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86

    ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • JOE197023456


    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • CanYouBlush

    if that's what it's all 'bout---------insert hillbilly's theme

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kiteo

    His songs from the 70s are so evocative. The Neil Sedaka Laughter in the Rain similarity had never occurred to me til now, but yes it does!

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ati1978

    go at full throttle @2:50 ....nice song!

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ronny2013

    Love his songs.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • dluuu

    BILLY @ his BEST !!!!!!!

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bradwest96


    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Joel first wrote this song to a soft ballad mystery tune he had in his head. When he performed it for his band in the studio, they informed him WHERE he got the tune - it was identical to Neil Sadaka's "Laughter In The Rain." Embarrassed, Joel changed it to a more rocking tune.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • daile

    this song makes me so happy. :)

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • joe_g101

    This is the opening song to "The Stranger" ; it is not on "Piano Man" as credited. Both are great albums, but "the Stranger" is a little stronger in it's entirety - despite the wonderful "Captain Jack" and "Ballad of Billy the Kid" on Piano Man. Billy - you're still breathing, so get to work cranking out a few more gems ;)-

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • Panecea

    You should never argue with a crazy man, you oughta know by now.

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • PurplePostRock

    Who's Anthony?

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
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