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Elton John — Tiny Dancer
Album: Madman Across The Water
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Released: 1971
Length: 6:11
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady
Seamstress for the band
Pretty eyes, pirate smile
You'll marry a music man

Ballerina, you must have seen her
Dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me
Tiny dancer in my hand

Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back, she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad

Piano man, he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on, she sings the song
The words she knows, the tune she hums

But, oh, how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you, and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady
Seamstress for the band
Pretty eyes, pirate smile
You'll marry a music man

Ballerina, you must have seen her
Dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me
Tiny dancer in my hand

But, oh, how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you, and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today
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Long Live                                                                                  Radio Paradise
My rating is                                                                      8 - Most Excellent
Hands up if you were singing along!
What is it about (early) Elton John that is always such perfection when heard again? Knowing minds of great artists is just not for us mortals. We're just riding shotgun. And that's ok. I suppose. 
Seeing Elton John in Oakland tonight!
 thewiseking wrote:
Actually, THIS was the film this song was originally scored for. It fit the soundtrack and the times perfectly. Aloha Bobby and Rose 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qX-uwMKd5k


 Interesting! Now I have to watch the movie.
But the song wasn't written for the movie, as far as I know. Bernie wrote it about his wife/girlfriend at the time.

IMDB shows TD 'uncredited', I guess the song was so well-known by then they didn't feel the need.

I wore the grooves off this record. Even lesser tracks like Rotten Peaches were way above everything else being written then.

c.

Wow! always loved this song! Holds up well.
 Baby_M wrote:
 Mackmoney3000 wrote:
Hold me closer, Tony Danza
 



"Count the head lice on the highway..."

 
 
{#Roflol}{#Clap}{#Dancingbanana_2}
So beautiful! {#Bananapiano}
Goosebumps. Every single time.
This entire album is superb.  
 DavidS_UK wrote:
Thank god this gets a regular airing, or else the brilliance of early Elton gets lost in all the later rhinestone and ridiculousness.  What a track... what an album.

 
Indeed. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen


Actually, THIS was the film this song was originally scored for. It fit the soundtrack and the times perfectly. Aloha Bobby and Rose 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qX-uwMKd5k

Elton at his best.
a masterpiece of poetry and piano

{#Heartkiss}


I can't hear this song without remembering this brilliant scene. And then I get all weepy and happy.
 Mackmoney3000 wrote:
Hold me closer, Tony Danza
 

Hold me closer!
 

"Count the head lice on the highway..."


did Cameron Crowe and Penny Lane make it home okay?
 Mackmoney3000 wrote:
Hold me closer, Tony Danza
 
Good one!!
 amoreena wrote:

I still do this, but with headphones that would have cost my entire week's paycheck back then.  I'm not rich now, I just made next to nothing then.  But Madman still hits my heart, and helps when I"m confused, afraid and anxious as a grown up.

 
Amoreena

When it rains the rain falls down
Washing out the cattle town
Are you far away somewhere in your eiderdown
Do you dream of crystal streams?

Whoops, I digress.

Great post.

Here is a great version of a time when Elton and I were younger dudes...
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Hopefully said madman is an Elton John fan!  ; )

 
And, He's across the water!
 dboseman wrote:
I'm 14 again, confused afraid and anxious.  But when I lay down in my bed in the darkness and listen to this album through my Koss headphones, everything fades away.  Thanks EJ for helping me get through my adolescence. 

 
I still do this, but with headphones that would have cost my entire week's paycheck back then.  I'm not rich now, I just made next to nothing then.  But Madman still hits my heart, and helps when I"m confused, afraid and anxious as a grown up.
This is MY Elton John.
 dboseman wrote:
I'm 14 again, confused afraid and anxious.  But when I lay down in my bed in the darkness and listen to this album through my Koss headphones, everything fades away.  Thanks EJ for helping me get through my adolescence. 

 

Koss?  I thought you were a Bose man.


 sweet_annie wrote:
When my daughter was younger, we held hands and danced and spun each other to this song.  A special memory.  She's 25 now.

 
Don't ever lose that memory. Beautiful. 
Hold me closer, Tony Danza
When my daughter was younger, we held hands and danced and spun each other to this song.  A special memory.  She's 25 now.
Every time I hear this song I think of a good friend of mine telling me about what this song represents to him as we were driving away for the week-end. Each note brings me back to those minutes in his car and how I learned a bit more about him. It's a nice memory and I like the song for that ( beside the fact that the song itself is beautiful ). 

 
Makes me just the right kind of sad.
 
{#Bananajam}
{#Bananajumprope}
{#Daisy}{#Bananapiano}{#Daisy}
 dboseman wrote:
I'm 14 again, confused afraid and anxious.  But when I lay down in my bed in the darkness and listen to this album through my Koss headphones, everything fades away.  Thanks EJ for helping me get through my adolescence. 

 
perfect. 
 Cynaera wrote:
♫{#Sunny}♫

 
Bump.
 DavidS_UK wrote:
Thank god this gets a regular airing, or else the brilliance of early Elton gets lost in all the later rhinestone and ridiculousness.  What a track... what an album.

 
Amen.
Ya what he said. 
dboseman wrote:
I'm 14 again, confused afraid and anxious.  But when I lay down in my bed in the darkness and listen to this album through my Koss headphones, everything fades away.  Thanks EJ for helping me get through my adolescence. 

 


I'm 14 again, confused afraid and anxious.  But when I lay down in my bed in the darkness and listen to this album through my Koss headphones, everything fades away.  Thanks EJ for helping me get through my adolescence. 
Thank god this gets a regular airing, or else the brilliance of early Elton gets lost in all the later rhinestone and ridiculousness.  What a track... what an album.
From this album to Captain Fantastic and then YBR, my god he is a god!!
 thewiseking wrote:
Used much more effectively in Aloha Bobby and Rose, a perfect 70's time capsule all filmed during the period in question.
If you were to ask anybody who grew up in the '70s they'd tell ya, Almost Famous wasn't it.
 
Agreed. Seems like everyone I know loves Almost Famous, but for me it just didn't work. I was always aware that I was watching actors act, in their 70s wardrobe; it never felt real to me. The Tiny Dancer scene in particular. As soon as I heard the opening notes I knew we were in for the obligatory, feel-good singalong scene. Ack. Great song though!
 coloradojohn wrote:
I rather agree with Bill's assessment of Elton's early works! Exquisite, surreal, blessedly rich in velvety quantum layers from start to finish.

 
...... agree, that sums it up very well
 stevendejong wrote:

Second that. Wonderful movie that you can sit and watch with your ex-hippie Dad. Then, wait for the stories.

 
Used much more effectively in Aloha Bobby and Rose, a perfect 70's time capsule all filmed during the period in question.

If you were to ask anybody who grew up in the '70s they'd tell ya, Almost Famous wasn't it.


I rather agree with Bill's assessment of Elton's early works! Exquisite, surreal, blessedly rich in velvety quantum layers from start to finish.
he was SOOOOO good in those early years...  

him, Chicago, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins   great early work and then.........  

Edit: yes Bill, this one needs to be listened to the album as a whole, side 1, flip side 2
First albulm I ever bought...still get goosebumps everytime I hear it, maybe now more than ever before.  : / Perfection?!  ;)
One of my all-time favorite tunes.  Great way to start the day.
great song off a great album
 stevendejong wrote:

Second that. Wonderful movie that you can sit and watch with your ex-hippie Dad. Then, wait for the stories.

 

Thirds on the first comment and seconds on the above. 
 fredriley wrote:
Ah, it's our Reg from Pinner, life prez of Watford FC:

Watford FC crest

You 'Orns! :o)

 

You're not a Forest fan?    All in fir forest.           all in for firest
 lshinkawa wrote:

That scene completely changed this song for me.  I love it so much more now.

 
Second that. Wonderful movie that you can sit and watch with your ex-hippie Dad. Then, wait for the stories.
From Wiki: "Elton John has also used Vicarage Road as a venue for concerts. He first played at the stadium in 1974, and returned in 2005 and 2010 to stage fundraising concerts for the club." Vicarage Road is Watford's stadium. Good side last season. Just missed promotion, eh?
Ah, it's our Reg from Pinner, life prez of Watford FC:

Watford FC crest

You 'Orns! :o)
Thank you for keeping Elton's good era alive.
 Highlowsel wrote:
To my mind this entire album is arguably the best work Elton John and Bernie Taupin put out over the course of their career. 

Just sayin'.

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
I totally agree Highlow!
To my mind this entire album is arguably the best work Elton John and Bernie Taupin put out over the course of their career. 

Just sayin'.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 Cynaera wrote:
No one will ever know how close I came to giving up tonight - and then this song came on, and I'm crying, but I can't give up. I guess there really is a supreme being who reaches down and rescues us when we just don't feel like we have another breath to breathe.

I'll be okay. I'm just really, really tired, but nowhere near as tired as others who've posted at the journals. This song will always be my bright light - that one that beckons me towards a more positive place.

Thanks, whoever uploaded it. You may have saved my life tonight, in a convoluted way.
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...


Are you suggesting QEII should have made him ''Dame Elton John''?

 
rtrudeau wrote:
Elton was so good before he became "sir."
 


 Papasmeg wrote:
Elton was so so good back in this period. Memories are made of songs like this.
 
I'm beginning to agree. I really must listen to some more of his older stuff. I've tended to ignore him due to his later output.


maybe a 1000 out of 10 !!!!{#Angel}
Love it, but I can't get over him singing at Rush Limbaugh's wedding.
Elton was so so good back in this period. Memories are made of songs like this.
 Bacadiar wrote:
Hold me closer, Tony Danza.
 
Count the head lice on the highway.
 haljordan wrote:
Sure, it was in Almost Famous, but what about that episode of WKRP in Cincinnati?
 

Hear, Hear!!  Named my daughter after Bailey Quarters.{#Clap}

My college cafeteria in Brooklyn had a great juke box and though I didn't play I used to hang out there at lunch with the school's hockey team.

One time, when Tiny Dancer came on, one of the team's really tough guys (I believe he led the league in penalty minutes) got up on the cafeteria table and began to sing along to this sweet beautiful love song at the top of his lungs.

People knew who was at the table - and knew how tough Pete was - so no one dared make fun of this big guy singing this sweet song.

It helped me understand how an appreciate for art, music and sensitive emotional issues like love was not at all incompatible with being a so called "manly man."


Sure, it was in Almost Famous, but what about that episode of WKRP in Cincinnati?
My last gf hated Elton John... I tried playing this album while driving slow through downtown Montreal. She told me to just put it down, yeah, I had the window open and her inadequate stereo on full blast. She has dumped me. So, thanks, RP. Thanks Sir Elton, its loud as I listen...

Songs are not just silly things. This one hits me right in my teenaged heart. Now, I remember... and will be looking for my tiny dancer for ever.
 agkagk wrote:

You gave this a 7?

10.
 

You gave this a 10? 

crap. . . 10 it is, can't find the 11. . .
 


 Moonflower31 wrote:
bus ride: Almost Famous....
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qn3tel9FWU
{#Daisy} Luv Sir Elton.

 Stratocaster wrote:
If a madman held a gun to my head and said "what is your favourite song? you MUST pick one!".

It would be Tiny Dancer.

In fact, I'd even pick it without the gun. 
 
Hopefully said madman is an Elton John fan!  ; )


Hold me closer, Tony Danza.
If a madman held a gun to my head and said "what is your favourite song? you MUST pick one!".

It would be Tiny Dancer.

In fact, I'd even pick it without the gun. 
His best album, before he morphed into a cross between Liberace and Wayne Newton. 
 osbyec wrote:


Your love is like baaaaaad venison/Bad venison is what I need
 
LMAO. Cannot be topped. 

The more I hear of Elton's older stuff, the more I'm impressed. (Never really paid attention to him in his heyday). But this is one of those songs that FM radio simply beat. to. death. Sadly, I can't recall the scene in "Almost  Famous" with this song, although really liked the movie.

Yes, Bob, it was a good movie. 


♫{#Sunny}♫
 Moonflower31 wrote:
bus ride: Almost Famous....
 
That scene completely changed this song for me.  I love it so much more now.
bus ride: Almost Famous....
My heart is ♫ joyous ♫ in hearing this song... and sad, at how Elton got lost later on.
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I gave this a 4?
 
7.
 


You gave this a 7?

10.
 WonderLizard wrote:
My favorite LOL commercial from the Super Bowl: the Bud arrives and a saloonful of hard bitten cowboys launch into "Tiny Dancer."
 
Hillarious!  I was like....wtf?  Now I get it!

My favorite LOL commercial from the Super Bowl: the Bud arrives and a saloonful of hard bitten cowboys launch into "Tiny Dancer."
this is such a fantastic album over all.  One of EJ's best, imo.  Madman Across the Water (the song) is beyond words. 

love - Love - LOVE it!!  {#Bounce}


 bknv wrote:

{#Lol}  Randy Bachman has a show called Vinyl Tap, each week a different theme.  From https://www.randysvinyltap.com, he describes the show on  Mondegreeens:
"This week on Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman will turn his attention away from guitars and onto another key part of a song... the lyrics. Only in this case it will be miss-heard lyrics. And even better... miss-heard lyrics as submitted by Tap listeners. In print or spoken word they are called malapropisms or spoonerisms. Sometimes the words and letters get all mixed up by accident, sometimes it's intentional. The accepted musical term is a mondegreen. The term was coined by writer Sylvia Wright who recalled a poem called "The Bonny Earl O'Murray"... she remembered the final two lines of the first stanza as "they hae slain the Earl Amurray and Lady Mondegreen". In fact the poet wrote "... and laid him on the green". And so begins an entire episode of Vinyl Tap. It's pretty amazing to hear what some people thought those pop singers were saying in tunes by The Band, Eurythmics, Kiss, Maria Muldaur and Creedence Clearwater Revival among many. "Excuse me while I kiss this guy" and tune in to the Tap this week. "
 

Your love is like baaaaaad venison/Bad venison is what I need
Yes! Almost Famous!

This is a great song... how can you not nod along to this tune...
Love this song!

Russell Hammond: I never said I was a golden god... or did I?


 Cynaera wrote:
No one will ever know how close I came to giving up tonight - and then this song came on, and I'm crying, but I can't give up. I guess there really is a supreme being who reaches down and rescues us when we just don't feel like we have another breath to breathe.

I'll be okay. I'm just really, really tired, but nowhere near as tired as others who've posted at the journals. This song will always be my bright light - that one that beckons me towards a more positive place.

Thanks, whoever uploaded it. You may have saved my life tonight, in a convoluted way. {#Smile}
 
Try Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy for "Some one saved my Life tonight"!

Hang in there, we all have our bad days, bad ways, life goes astray.{#Wave}

No one will ever know how close I came to giving up tonight - and then this song came on, and I'm crying, but I can't give up. I guess there really is a supreme being who reaches down and rescues us when we just don't feel like we have another breath to breathe.

I'll be okay. I'm just really, really tired, but nowhere near as tired as others who've posted at the journals. This song will always be my bright light - that one that beckons me towards a more positive place.

Thanks, whoever uploaded it. You may have saved my life tonight, in a convoluted way. {#Smile}
I gave this a 4?
 
7.
A great album right in the middle of a great period of work from 1970-1972...  Tumbleweed Connection, 11-17-70, Madman and then Honky Chateau: you really do not need much more in your collection.

I love Holliday Inn form Madman Across the Water: let's get that one played.

Can't hear this without thinking of Lily34.... ♫ Hold me close, I'm tired of dancing ♫...
Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Gus Dudgeon at their Best. Still play this whole album often.
 Mandible wrote:

 

rotflmao!
he was pretty good before he became famous for silly glasses
 h8rhater wrote:

Your hopes sure do run contrary to the RP vibe.  This song totally fits here.

 

Sure.

 Lrobby99 wrote:

Just what I hoped to never hear on RP. Score 1 Sucko-barfo.


 
Your hopes sure do run contrary to the RP vibe.  This song totally fits here.

Saw him at Kent State right when this album came out. He did walk his piano across the floor, but he didn't dress up in crazy outfits yet (hadn't come out yet). Great show!

And I so love this scene in Almost Famous!

Just what I hoped to never hear on RP. Score 1 Sucko-barfo.


Yay!{#Dancingbanana} Don't hear enough good ol' Elton round here IMO!{#Snooty}
easily a 9/10 even if you don't like Elton John.  Amazing song.
This album is Elton John and Bernie Taupin at their best.
Gosh, I've been gone for awhile.  It's nice to hear a great classic like this Elton John tune.  At the time, I thought it pretty fluffy, but with the years and a different retrospective, I now hear a different song.  Good choice, Bill!
Great set, Bill.
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Martha Wainwright - Don't Forget
Great Lake Swimmers - Your Rocky Spine
 accordionista wrote:
Hold me closer, Tony Danza!
 
LOL!! {#Roflol} Now I can never listen to this song again without hearing that!

 toterola wrote:
This one's been a favorite of mine since it came out. I always think about the bus scene from "Almost Famous" when they all sing this, anymore.

Wonderful tune. {#Clap}
 

A great scene in my all-time favorite movie!  Love this song; always have, always will.

Love the line "Jesus freaks out in the street, handing tickets out for God"


Does this make anyone else think of WKRP in Cincinnatti?
 Smoove_D wrote:
Tony Danza

Angela!
 
{#Lol}  Randy Bachman has a show called Vinyl Tap, each week a different theme.  From https://www.randysvinyltap.com, he describes the show on  Mondegreeens:
"This week on Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman will turn his attention away from guitars and onto another key part of a song... the lyrics. Only in this case it will be miss-heard lyrics. And even better... miss-heard lyrics as submitted by Tap listeners. In print or spoken word they are called malapropisms or spoonerisms. Sometimes the words and letters get all mixed up by accident, sometimes it's intentional. The accepted musical term is a mondegreen. The term was coined by writer Sylvia Wright who recalled a poem called "The Bonny Earl O'Murray"... she remembered the final two lines of the first stanza as "they hae slain the Earl Amurray and Lady Mondegreen". In fact the poet wrote "... and laid him on the green". And so begins an entire episode of Vinyl Tap. It's pretty amazing to hear what some people thought those pop singers were saying in tunes by The Band, Eurythmics, Kiss, Maria Muldaur and Creedence Clearwater Revival among many. "Excuse me while I kiss this guy" and tune in to the Tap this week. "


 toterola wrote:
This one's been a favorite of mine since it came out. I always think about the bus scene from "Almost Famous" when they all sing this, anymore.
 
Shows my age, I guess, but this song always reminds me of the 1975 Floyd Mutrux/Paul LeMat tour-de-force Aloha Bobby and Rose.

Great song. Now, never, never play it again. {#Pray}
I miss Elton of the 70's.

 
toterola wrote:
This one's been a favorite of mine since it came out. I always think about the bus scene from "Almost Famous" when they all sing this, anymore.

Wonderful tune. {#Clap}
 
Great scene for sure, and song!


Yes !
Makes me wanna go home and hold my honey...  He is THEE BEST!  {#Heartkiss}
Another wonderful song from when all he cared about was making music... i can listen to his older stuff, forever, ending with lion king


This is a great song...


This one's been a favorite of mine since it came out. I always think about the bus scene from "Almost Famous" when they all sing this, anymore.

Wonderful tune. {#Clap}


Great song...  love it...