Anthony works in the grocery store
Savin' his pennies for someday
Mama Leone left a note on the door,
She said,
"Sonny, move out to the country."
Workin' too hard can give you
A heart attack
You oughta know by now
Who needs a house out in Hackensack?
Is that what you get with your money?

It seems such a waste of time
If that's what it's all about
Mama if that's movin' up then I'm movin' out.

Sergeant O'Leary is walkin' the beat
At night he becomes a bartender
He works at Mister Cacciatore's down
On Sullivan Street
Across from the medical center
He's tradin' in his Chevy for a Cadillac
You oughta know by now
And if he can't drive
With a broken back
At least he can polish the fenders

It seems such a waste of time
If that's what it's all about
If that's movin' up then I'm movin' out.

You should never argue with a crazy mind
You oughta know by now
You can pay Uncle Sam with the overtime
Is that all you get for your money?

It seems such a waste of time
If that's what it's all about
Good luck movin' up cause I'm movin' out.


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Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentTwo words: Heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack-ack.
    Selfmutilizedon December 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthmm good song, but i have spent so long trying to figure out what its about! I just don't get it! I never said anything because I thought everyone else might know and I didn't want to look stupid, but it looks like no one else knows either. Fantastic I'm not alone. O and that musical idea is terrible! Why Billy?!Why??
    queenjaneon March 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so irritating it gives me a heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack...
    Heliamphoraon June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPainful, an now a Broadway Musical!
    feinsteinon June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMovin Out is about immigrants. I love Billy Joel's music more than life but I always thought the musical idea was corny.
    suckmykisson March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMovin Out is about immigrants. I love Billy Joel's music more than life but I always thought the musical idea was corny.
    suckmykisson March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally, why not? I thought it was pretty self-explanatory.
    suckmykisson April 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI never thought about it being about immigrants, but it does make sense. Look at the names he mentions: Anthony, Mama Leone, and Cacciatore are all Italian, and O'Leary is Irish. In New York, the Italian and Irish populations are quite large. The references to getting out of the ghetto and the dead-ends jobs seem like traditional "immigrant kids make good" stories. Also, the mention of Uncle Sam fits the bill. This is a really good song. The whole "Stranger" album is phenomenal.
    LittleBriddieon June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome mistakes in this song's lyrics:

    In the first verse
    "Working too hard can give YOU a heart attack(ack-ack-ack-ack...)" (not me)
    and
    "Is that ALL you get FOR your money?"

    In the bridge
    "MAMA, if that's moving up..."

    In the second verse
    Spelling mistake: checy=CHEVY

    In the third verse
    "You COULD pay Uncle Sam with THE overtime"

    As for the meaning, I always thought the song was about workaholism and failing to get out of the rat race, but it could equally be about immigration
    IJGrieveon July 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI always felt this song was about how you work hard for something and someone else always has an idea what's BETTER for you than your own idea ( he's saving his pennies and she says Sonny move out to the country -- working too hard will give you a heart attack). Meanwhile the Sarge is busy working 2 jobs to keep up with Joneses. He's traded his Chevy for a Caddy, and even if he won't be able to drive it, he's busy polishing it up so it'll look good for the neighbors.

    Every generation wants better for the next one. Meanwhile that one wants better still, so most of them look around and say "get me outta here". I gre up in NY and I sure as heck wanted out.

    So, I always thought this song was about observing the older folks playing these life games and saying, "uh uh, not for me, I am outta here -- I'm moving out".

    As for the immigration angle, possibly that's thrown in there because he's alluding to neighborhoods he speaks of in the song which are Italian and Irish areas of NY and NJ.
    LolaBaton November 20, 2004   Link

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