A Song for a Tuesday…

(Elton John in 1973)

«Goodbye Yellow Brick Road» was released in 1973 and I remember it well from those days when I was about to graduate from High School in Miami. For decades I loved that song. I sang it all the time but I didn’t know all the words, so I just made up words according to the sound. Like for instance, I didn’t know he said: «…where the dogs of society howl…» or that it was «Back to the howling old owl in the woods, hunting the horny back toad.» And I was surprised with this line too: «It’ll take you a couple of vodka and tonics
To set you on your feet again.» Finally I also learned that it concluded by saying this: «Sniffing for tidbits like you, on the ground, ah, ah.»

Now I know the whole song. Imagine that, since 1973 I had been singing it wrong! But it is never too late to learn, and I did.

This is a great song on many levels. First it is one of the ones that Elton John sings the best. His vocals really shine on this one as well as the harmonies. The music is more complex than previous ones and the arrangements are fantastic. Truly a song to my style and taste. And the message is awesome. Tell them all to go to hell, you don’t own me, I’m going back to the farm! Brilliant!

Hope you like it. The words, of course were written by Bernie Taupin and the music by Elton John. It is listed as song 390 of the best 500 songs by Rolling Stone magazine. Wow! I would have placed it a tad higher, but…


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  1. beth dice:

    he played here last night. I was not fortunate to have attended, but heard it was an incredible performance.

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    1. Wow! It must have been!

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      1. equipsblog dice:

        Dorothy would be proud.

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  2. spwilcen dice:

    Have to agree. An exceptional artist.

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    1. Finally! We agree! Smashing good my friend! All the best!

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  3. janetsm dice:

    Elton John — one of my favorites and the soundtrack of my early adulthood. I must admit, though, that I didn’t know all the words either. LOL!

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    1. Yes! LOL! I think that happens to many people many times! Have a great weekend Janet!

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