Sunday, July 19, 2015

Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1980)

Elton John performs “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” in the 1980 Central Park concert in New York City, which was a free event in front of an estimated 400,000 persons. The song is the first track on the B side of record one on the double-album of the same name, which was released on October 5, 1973. The song has obvious references to the 1939 American film, The Wizard of Oz, and the yearning for a simpler life. At times, many of us find ourselves identifying with and becoming young Dorothy.

GoodBye Yellow Brick Road
by Elton John & Bernie Taupin

When are you gonna come down
When are you going to land
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man

You know you can’t hold me forever
I didn't sign up with you
I'm not a present for your friends to open
This boy’s too young to be singing the blues

So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough

Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I've finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road

What do you think you'll do then
I bet that'll shoot down your plane
It’ll take you a couple of vodka and tonics
To set you on your feet again

Maybe you'll get a replacement
There’s plenty like me to be found
Mongrels who ain't got a penny
Sniffing for tidbits like you on the ground

(repeat chorus)

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