Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

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"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album The Stranger
B-side "She's Always a Woman" (Europe)
Vienna (UK)
"Everybody Has a Dream" (US)
Released November 1, 1977
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre Rock
Length 3:28
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"Just the Way You Are"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Only the Good Die Young"

"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 in working long hours to afford the outward signs of having "made it".[1] Characters have stereotypically ethnic names (Anthony, Mama Leone, Sergeant O'Leary, Mr. Cacciatore) and blue-collar jobs. Joel considers their rejection of their working-class roots (trading a Chevy for a Cadillac and buying a house in Hackensack, New Jersey) ultimately futile; in the end, the rewards are a "heart attack" or "a broken back". Near the end of the recording is the sound of a car starting up and driving away; the bass player Doug Stegmeyer's 1960s Corvette was used. In the single mix the engine sound was removed.

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."

"Movin' Out" originally appeared on Joel's 1977 album The Stranger. A live performance of it can be heard on 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert.

In Canada, "Movin' Out" had its greatest chart success, peaking at #11. The song is ranked as the 106th biggest Canadian hit of 1978.[2]

Broadway musical[edit]

Main article: Movin' Out (musical)

The Twyla Tharp Broadway dance musical Movin' Out, featuring the songs of Billy Joel, opened at New York City's Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 24, 2002, and played 1,307 performances before closing in December 2005. The show's lead piano player and singer was Michael Cavanaugh. It toured the US extensively from 2004 through 2007, featuring Darren Holden as lead Piano Man, and Matt Wilson, James Fox and Matthew Friedman as second Piano Men. The show transferred to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London's West End on April 10, 2006; James Fox played lead piano and sang, with Darren Reeves as second piano man. It closed early, on May 22, owing to poor ticket sales.

Movin' Out is also the title of the original Broadway cast album taken from the musical.

Chart performance[edit]


The song has been covered by:


The song is also sampled by The Diplomats on the track "You Oughta Know" (produced by The Heatmakerz), and the beat was also reused by Das Racist on a track of the same title on their album Shut Up, Dude.

The song can be heard in The Wolf of Wall Street.[5][6]

Rock Band music gaming platform[edit]

The song was made available to download on December 14, 2010 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode.


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