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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

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And So It GoesAudrey Snyder And So It GoesSheet MusicSATBMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesAudrey Snyder And So It GoesSheet MusicSABMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesAudrey Snyder And So It GoesSheet MusicSSAMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chilcott King's SingersGood Vibrations 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes ManagementMenu For Harmony 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes GrunyonsJust In Time 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes CanvasFinally 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby Shaw Brava!Tickled Pink 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Flying Without InstrumentsAt Last 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chilcott An Octave AboveAn Octave Above 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Heart to HeartLucky Day 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes UnderAgeMoments To Remember 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Various ArtistsNorthern Harmony 2005 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Amabile Youth SingersWrapped in Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes St. Louis Children's ChoirSpring Concerts 2004 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKevin Kunz Groove For ThoughtGroove For Thought 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chilcott Cabinet ShuffleIn Cambridge... Again! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chilcott Ensemble AmarcordAnd So It Goes 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes UnderAgeWe Go Together 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chlcott Pacific Mozart EnsembleA Cappella Jazz & Pop Vol. 2 Live! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Berlin VoicesStates of Mind 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chilcott Ohio State University Men's GleeBrothers in Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Yumiko MatsuokaTo Every Thing There Is A Season 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes VoicesIowaYou Must Believe in Spring 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chilcott Nordic Chamber ChoirBob Chilcott - Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby Shaw Voices in HarmonyNow & Then 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes CantamusJoy 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Six AppealPlan A 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes GentsThe Gents in LoveSACDMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chilcott King's SingersAnniversary JubileeSongbookSATBMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Billy JoelBilly Joel - Greatest Hits, Volume 3SongbookSoloMORE DETAILS 
And So It Goes Billy JoelBilly Joel - BalladsSongbookSoloMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby Shaw Various ArrangersWomen's Heavenly PopSheet MusicSSAAMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby Shaw Billy JoelA Cappella for Male VoicesSheet MusicTTBBMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesBob Chilcott King's SingersBilly Joel SongsSheet MusicSATBMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby Shaw Various ArrangersPop Hits for Mixed Voices Vol. 3Sheet MusicSATB divisiMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby Shaw Billy JoelA Cappella for Mixed VoicesSheet MusicSATB divisiMORE DETAILS 
And So It GoesKirby Shaw Billy JoelA Cappella for Female VoicesnewSheet MusicSSAAMORE DETAILS 


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