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And So It Goes

Music by Billy Joel

"And So It Goes" is a lyric poem written by Billy Joel in 1983, though it was not released until six years later. It appeared as the tenth and final track of his album Storm Front. The original 1983 demo was released on the 2005 box set My Lives. Joel wrote the song about a doomed relationship with model Elle Macpherson. Their relationship was dramatic, as Macpherson was only a teenager while Joel was reaching his mid-30s. Joel dated Macpherson for a brief time shortly before becoming involved with model Christie Brinkley, who would ultimately become his second wife. The song is unique for Joel as it is written in iambic tetrameter. In the original demo version of "And So It Goes", Joel sings the melody simply, accompanied by a simple piano backdrop, in a style very reminiscent of a hymn. On the 1990 album version, Billy Joel sings and plays all the instrumentation (piano and synthesizers). The official video is a live take in front of a concert audience.

The single peaked at No. 37 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart in 1990. It has been covered by many subsequent artists (see "Cover Versions" below). The King’s Singers and others have developed several vocal harmony arrangements of the song, which are often performed by high school and college choirs.

On November 16, 2010, during an interview on the Howard Stern show on Sirius Radio, Billy Joel was asked what song is his best work that is least appreciated. To answer this question, he played "And So It Goes".

    Release Date: 1983

Songbooks and Arrangements


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And So It Goes : SSAA : Kirby Shaw : Billy Joel : Billy Joel : 08200759 : 073999007596

Kirby Shaw : And So It Goes

Kirby Shaw's exquisite a cappella arrangement of this stunning Billy Joel pop ballad is available for men's and women's ensembles. Don't miss it!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Billy Joel Performed By: Billy Joel

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200759


And So It Goes : TTBB : Kirby Shaw : Billy Joel : Billy Joel : Sheet Music : 08200760 : 073999164312

Kirby Shaw : And So It Goes

Kirby Shaw's exquisite a cappella arrangement of this stunning Billy Joel pop ballad is available for men's and women's ensembles. Don't miss it!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Billy Joel Performed By: Billy Joel

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08200760


And So It Goes : SATB : Audrey Snyder : Billy Joel : Billy Joel : Sheet Music : 08202317 : 884088283056

Audrey Snyder : And So It Goes

Billy Joel's hauntingly beautiful ballad in a simple accompanied setting for voices will create a magical moment in concert. Stunning! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA. Duration: ca. 3:15.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder | Composer: Billy Joel Performed By: Billy Joel

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08202317


And So It Goes : SAB : Audrey Snyder : Billy Joel : Billy Joel : Sheet Music : 08202318 : 884088283063

Audrey Snyder : And So It Goes

Billy Joel's hauntingly beautiful ballad in a simple accompanied setting for voices will create a magical moment in concert. Stunning! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA. Duration: ca. 3:15.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder | Composer: Billy Joel Performed By: Billy Joel

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08202318


And So It Goes : SSA : Audrey Snyder : Billy Joel : Billy Joel : Sheet Music : 08202319 : 884088283070

Audrey Snyder : And So It Goes

Billy Joel's hauntingly beautiful ballad in a simple accompanied setting for voices will create a magical moment in concert. Stunning! Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA. Duration: ca. 3:15.

Arranger: Audrey Snyder | Composer: Billy Joel Performed By: Billy Joel

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08202319


And So It Goes : SATB : Bob Chilcott : Billy Joel : King's Singers : Sheet Music : 08758501 : 073999585018

Bob Chilcott : And So It Goes

One of the king'singers' most requested arrangements in a lush a cappella setting - Billy Joel's hit ballad arranged by Bob Chilcott.

Arranger: Bob Chilcott | Composer: Billy Joel Performed By: King's Singers

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08758501


And So It Goes : SATB divisi : Kirby Shaw : Billy Joel : Billy Joel : Sheet Music : 44125055 : 073999667387

Kirby Shaw : And So It Goes

Kirby Shaw's exquisite a cappella arrangement of this stunning Billy Joel pop ballad is available for men's and women's ensembles. Don't miss it!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Billy Joel Performed By: Billy Joel

More details
Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 44125055

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