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

Cover of Piano Man

From Piano Man and 38 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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  • 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

    GREAT

    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

    CADILLAC-AC-AC-AC-AC-AC-AC-AC-AC-AC-AC-AC

    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. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4687

    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
  • spacecat2003

    i share his birthday,,, wow i am very lucky........

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • LauraMadere

    What a GREAT song!

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Bandit17C

    Pure attitude! I love it.

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • kenet87

    catchiest. thing. ever.

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • tom_dissonance

    you should never argue with a crazy ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sneggyuser

    My Name's Anthony, but I'm glad I'm not working in a store in Hackensack!!!

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
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