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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


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Billy Joel : A Cappella for Female Voices : SSAA : Sheet Music

Billy Joel : A Cappella for Female Voices

Contemporary a cappella arranger Deke Sharon does his magic on the classic Billy Joel song "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)". An absolute winner! Kirby Shaw's exquisite a cappella arrangement of this stunning Billy Joel pop ballad "The Longest Time" is available separately: men's and women's ensembles. Don't miss it! Billy Joel's pop hit from 1983 "And So It Goes" is a perennial favorite and evokes an even earlier time in America's pop history. Now available for mixed and SSA voicings, your groups will love to perform these well-crafted arrangements.

Songlist: And So It Goes, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), The Longest Time, And So It Goes

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Voicing: SSAA | 4420b | Sheet Music | $5.75 | A Cappella


Billy Joel : A Cappella for Mixed Voices : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

Billy Joel : A Cappella for Mixed Voices

Billy Joel is certainly one of the great American songwriters of the modern pop era and his works are often particularly suitable for an a cappella treatment. His iconic hit "Piano Man" from the 1970s will make a nice concert change of pace in this arrangement by Philip Lawson of King's Singers fame. Smooth vocal backup and great harmonies give "New York State of Mind" a special appeal. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)"is one of the most poignant and beautiful songs of the '90s, now in an a cappella setting. This ballad is simply stunning. Kirby Shaw's exquisite a cappella arrangement of "And So It Goes" is stunning. Don't miss it! Billy's 1978 pop hit "Just The Way You Are" expresses a universal truth in a simple and beautiful way, and this a cappella setting will resonate with listeners at many concert occasions. This is a great collection and will have the audiences singing along..

Songlist: New York State of Mind, And So It Goes, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Piano Man, And So It Goes, New York State of Mind, Just The Way You Are

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 7004b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella


Billy Joel : A Cappella for Male Voices : TTBB : Sheet Music

Billy Joel : A Cappella for Male Voices

Billy Joel is surely one of the great songwriters of contemporary pop songs and many of his songs are particularily suited for a cappella singing. Kirby Shaw's exquisite a cappella arrangement of his pop ballad "And So It Goes" is stunning and Kirby also does a fantastic job with "Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel), one of the most poignant and beautiful songs of the '90s. "The Longest Time" is an excellent piece for featuring and recruiting men for your choral program. It is an authentic transcription of the original Billy Joel hit, and as such it will have automatic appeal with both singers and audiences.

Songlist: The Longest Time, And So It Goes, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

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Voicing: TTBB | 9011b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | A Cappella


King's Singers : Folk Songs and Fantasies : SATB divisi : Songbook : 888680707026 : 1540019888 : 00243922

King's Singers : Folk Songs and Fantasiesnew

In this 50th Anniversary year of The King's Singers there is much celebrating to be done. A 3 disc CD has been recorded by the current members of the group and from that new recording, the most popular songs have been selected for this collection. Known for their consummate artistry in all genres and styles, their interpretations of pop and folk music are legendary. Songs include: And I Love Her - And So It Goes - Danny Boy - Down by the Riverside - Down with Love - I'll Follow the Sun - Loch Lomond - Love Is Here to Stay - MLK - Quand Tu Dors Pres De Moi - That Lonesome Road

Songlist: MLK, Danny Boy, And I Love Her, And So It Goes, Down By The Riverside, Loch Lomond, Down With Love, That Lonesome Road, Quand Tu Dors Pres De Moi, I'll Follow The Sun, Love Is Here To Stay

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Performed by King's Singers | 4558b | Songbook | $10.95 | A Cappella


King's Singers : Anniversary Jubilee : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook : 073999651225 : 1423466624 : 08602134

King's Singers : Anniversary Jubilee

The six Englishmen known as the King'singers enjoy the distinction of consistently being one of the world's most sought-after and highly-acclaimed musical ensembles, due to their imaginative programming, remarkable musicianship, and flawless technique. To mark their Silver Jubilee, the King'singers have brought together a collection of some of the best-loved arrangements written for them over the last 25 years. Of the songs most often requested, here are twelve which adapt most easily for mixed choirs.

Songlist: I'm A Train, You Are The New Day, Can't Buy Me Love, Short People, Le Baylere, Musik Der Nacht, Greensleeves, Loch Lomond, Eriskay Love Lilt, That Lonesome Road, And So It Goes, Shenandoah

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by King's Singers | 6114b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella


King's Singers : Billy Joel Songs : Mixed 5-8 Parts : Sheet Music

King's Singers : Billy Joel Songs

A lush a cappella setting - Billy Joel's hit ballad 'And So It Goes,' arranged by Bob Chilcott, is one of the King's Singers' most requested arrangements. 'Lullaby,' now available in a revised edition with optional parts for a second choir, this sweet and simple lullaby by Billy Joel on his River of Dreams album is stunning. Lush harmonies and challenging vocal lines will inspire singers to do their best in the new arrangement of the Billy Joel classic 'She's Always a Woman.'

Songlist: Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), She's Always A Woman, And So It Goes

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by King's Singers | 9059b | Sheet Music | $5.50 | A Cappella


Billy Joel : Billy Joel - Greatest Hits, Volume 3 : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999061918 : 0793587069 : 00306191

Billy Joel : Billy Joel - Greatest Hits, Volume 3

17 Smash hits from this pop superstar's latest albums which include INNOCENT MAN, RIVER OF DREAMS, THE BRIDGE and STORMFRONT. As a bonus, this book includes three new songs: 'To Make You Feel My Love' (which was written by Bob Dylan), 'Hey, Girl' and 'Light as a Breeze.'

Songlist: All About Soul, Hey, Girl, To Make You Feel My Love, Light As The Breeze, Shameless, And So It Goes, Baby Grand, Leningrad, The Downeaster 'Alexa', I Go To Extremes, An Innocent Man, Keeping The Faith, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), A Matter Of Trust, The River Of Dreams, This Is The Time, We Didn't Start The Fire

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Billy Joel | 20239b | Songbook | $17.95 | PVG


Billy Joel : Billy Joel - Ballads : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999081817 : 0793523265 : 00308181

Billy Joel : Billy Joel - Ballads

16 of his sentimental favorites, including: And So It Goes - Honesty - Just the Way You Are - New York State of Mind - Shameless - She's Always a Woman - She's Got a Way - and more.

Songlist: Shameless, And So It Goes, Honesty, Baby Grand, Goodnight Saigon, Captain Jack, The Downeaster 'Alexa', Just The Way You Are, 52nd Street, Leave A Tender Moment Alone, The Longest Time, New York State Of Mind, Rosalinda's Eyes, She's Always A Woman, She's Got A Way, Streetlife Serenader

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Billy Joel | 20243b | Songbook | $14.95 | PVG


Billy Joel : Storm Front : Solo : Songbook : 888680067281 : 1495020304 : 00145759

Billy Joel : Storm Front

Billy Joel's keyboardist and Music Director David Rosenthal has attentively arranged all the tracks from Joel's 1989 album to combine the piano parts and vocal melodies into playable arrangements with accurate transcriptions of those classic piano parts that are integral to each song. The huge hit We Didn't Start the Fire is included along with 9 other classics: And So It Goes - The Downeaster Alexa - I Go to Extremes - Leningrad - Shameless - State of Grace - Storm Front - That's Not Her Style - When in Rome. Includes a foreword by David Rosenthal as well as great photos of Billy throughout as well as copies of his handwritten lyrics.

Songlist: Shameless, And So It Goes, Leningrad, When In Rome, State Of Grace, The Downeaster 'Alexa', I Go To Extremes, Storm Front, That's Not Her Style, We Didn't Start The Fire

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Billy Joel | 40581b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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And So It Goes : TTBB : Kirby Shaw : Billy Joel : Billy Joel : Songbook : 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 | video
(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

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

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