"It Goes Like It Goes"
Single by Jennifer Warnes
Songwriter(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.


  1. ^ a b c 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.[permanent dead link] 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 ..."