Well, I thought I was going to post my second of three Billy Joel covers that I had video-taped, one right after the other, but I’m having so much fun singing Billy Joel songs that I’ve decided to change the line-up. I had written (for my cover of “She’s Got a Way”) that The Stranger is my second favorite album of all-time. I couldn’t resist but to cover, at least, two songs on the album. I used to be able to sing every song on The Stranger, from start to finish, but time has faded my memory … It’s Wonderful to be able to appreciate this music again! This is my first cover from The Stranger. I recently had an opportunity to video tape my cover for “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”. I hope you enjoy!
"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". Named characters have stereotypically ethnic names (Anthony, Mama Leone, Sergeant O'Leary, Mr. Cacciatore) 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, New Jersey) to be ultimately futile; in the end, the rewards are a "heart attack" or "a broken back". The car 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 his 1977 album, The Stranger. A live performance of it can be heard on 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert.