It Goes Like It Goes

"It Goes Like It Goes"
Single by Jennifer Warnes
Released 1979
Writer(s) David Shire (music)
Norman Gimbel (lyrics)[1]

"It Goes Like It Goes" is a song written by David Shire and Norman Gimbel.[1] Jennifer Warnes sang the vocals for the Norma Rae soundtrack in 1979.[1] "It Goes Like It Goes" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1979,[2] defeating such fellow nominees as "Through the Eyes of Love" and "Rainbow Connection", to the consternation of some critics.[3][4]

Shortly after its Oscar win, the song was covered and released as a single by Dusty Springfield. Also been covered by singer Joey Sontz on his debut album "Chasing The Dream" in 2012.


  1. 1 2 3 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. YCCA to record with two-time Oscar winner Jennifer Warnes. Oneida Daily Dispatch. 16 November 2007.
  3. Tom Shales. "Kramer vs. Everybody," The Washington Post (DC), April 15, 1980, page B1: "The already forgotten ballad 'It Goes Like It Goes,' from 'Norma Rae,' won the Oscar as best song over competitions that included 'Rainbow Connection' ..."
  4. Rich Copley. "'The 75th annual Academy Awards' - trophy date on your night with unpredictable Oscar. Will he be a dream -- or a dud?", Lexington Herald-Leader (KY), March 21, 2003, Weekender section, page 18: "Sometimes, old baldy leaves us scratching our skulls: ... the 1979 Oscar for best original song goes to It Goes Like It Goes from Norma Rae instead of The Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie ..."
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