"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" is a hit 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". Named characters have stereotypically immigrant or first-generation American names (Anthony, Mama Leone, Sergeant O'Leary) and their jobs are blue-collar. Joel considers their rejection of their working-class roots (trading a Chevy for a Cadillac and buying a house in Hackensack) to be ultimately futile; In the end, the rewards are a "heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack" or "a broken back" (c.f. Joel's portrayal of himself in "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"). The car sound 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."
Movin' Out is also the title of the original Broadway cast album taken from the above musical.
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