Workin' too hard can give you
A heart attack
You oughta know by now
Who needs a house out in Hackensack
Is that all you get for your money
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) by Billy Joel

In order to quickly achieve his dream of a “house out in Hackensack,” Anthony runs the risk of a heart attack.

Hackensack is a suburban city in New Jersey and is only seven miles away from the George Washington Bridge which crosses the Hudson River into the Manhattan borough of New York City. At the time this was considered prime real estate.

Is it worth it?

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Mama Leone left a note on the door
She said "Sonny, move out to the country"
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) by Billy Joel

Anthony’s mother doesn’t want to see her son struggling in the city so she urges him to move to the country where things are calmer.

Mama Leone was the name of a famous restaurant in the Theater District of Manhattan, located at 261 W. 44th St. The establishment closed its doors on January 10th, 1994.

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Anthony works in the grocery store
Savin' his pennies for someday
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) by Billy Joel

Legend has it that “Anthony” is not based on a real individual, but is a representation of “every Irish, Polish, and Italian kid trying to make a living in the U.S.”

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Feed your head
Feed your head
Feed your head
White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

Take more drugs, it’s good for your brain, and you’ll feel better.

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Remember what the Dormouse said White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

This line is perhaps the most talked about of the entire song.
Many believe that the line is supposed to read;

Remember what the Dormouse said ‘Feed your head’.

However, in the story, the Dormouse never actually says “Feed your head”.
The sentiment of ‘feeding one’s head’ is an entirely separate thought, one introduced by Jefferson Airplane.
The real meaning of “Remember what the Dormouse said” is a reference to the original story, when the Mad Hatter was questioned before the court.
The lines from the story read…

‘But what did the Dormouse say?’ one of the jury asked.
‘That I can’t remember’, said the Hatter.

This is a commentary on the apathy and nonchalance of the drug scene. This line is related to the consumption of drugs, because even related to something extremely important, the hatter does not remember, nor does he care, much like the effect of drug consumption and the related memory loss.

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And the Red Queen's off with her head White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

In the story the Red Queen says “Off with her head!”.
However, this though is a connection to the following line, concerning the connection between drugs and one losing their mind.

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Doug
April 17th, 2014

White knight talking backwards, Red queen ’s off with her head..Heroin, when injected, you back the needle up, to mix in blood, before you shoot up.

Dan
February 9th, 2014

Just FYI… It isn’t the “Red Queen” that says “Off With Her Head,” it is the “Queen of Hearts.”

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And the White Knight is talking backwards White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

A reference to the White Knight in Alice Through the Looking Glass. (He’s “a daydream inventor”)

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When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

Dreams and psychadelics make for a sloppy logic. Would it therefor be no surprise that Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll, a professor of Math and Logic at Oxford?

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Go ask Alice
I think she'll know
White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

This line continues the extended metaphor for the song.
When everything seems to be tumbling down on you, take stimulating drugs, and you’ll know that you’re happy with your place in the world.

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And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

This continues elaboration on the unfortunate situation.
You’re also high, and getting depressed and lethargic because of the drugs you ingested.

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