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Elton John — Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Released: 1973
Length: 3:12
Plays (last 30 days): 0
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
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah

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
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah, ah

What do you think you'll do then
I bet they'll shoot down the 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
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah

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
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Ah-ah-ah, ah
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Great song. But not that great. And after approximately 1,277 plays to my ears over the FM years, if I never hear it again, it's far too soon. PSD. 
 
                                 New    Appreciative

                          More is the time capsule to keep
    Again change more for the inside of a man as the outside of funny
             Because you know that you belong to another planet.
                 Moreover, I never wanted something so bad.

Lazarus, are you by any chance a Delawarean? 

Lazarus wrote:


Everybody in my churches agrees...  love this song...
 

 


 Andy_B wrote:
IMHO his best works ended when he and Bernie Taupin split up.  The emotional and creative depth just wasn't there anymore despite commercial success of his later works. 
Elton and Bernie only split for a few years sometime around 1980. After that, Bernie wrote almost everything again.
I agree that the non-Bernie stuff was pretty bad.
The collaboration between these two was magical (right up there with Lennon/McCartney). 

I also agree with you about this era. Tumbleweed and Madman are both brilliant. Don't Shoot Me and Yellow Brick Road are almost as good. With a few exceptions, nothing after that quite lived up to the earlier works.
 Andy_B wrote:
Although getting little airplay here on RP, many of Elton's songs from this era mostly rate a 10 in my book.  As noted below the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has to be one of his best albums ever.  IMHO his best works ended when he and Bernie Taupin split up.  The emotional and creative depth just wasn't there anymore despite commercial success of his later works.

 
I disagree that early-mid 70s EJ gets little airplay on RP.  I hear him here regularly.
Although getting little airplay here on RP, many of Elton's songs from this era mostly rate a 10 in my book.  As noted below the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has to be one of his best albums ever.  IMHO his best works ended when he and Bernie Taupin split up.  The emotional and creative depth just wasn't there anymore despite commercial success of his later works.
So few comments.
I don't always always love Elton John but the melody of this song has always just plain blown me away; never fails. 
Mind boggling this has not been played on RP before??!
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
WOW - I am the first to comment on this great song?

What a song from a fantastic album, when Mr. Dwight was at the height of his creative powers!! {#Cheesygrin} 
 

Everybody in my churches agrees...  love this song...
 
WOW - I am the first to comment on this great song?

What a song from a fantastic album, when Mr. Dwight was at the height of his creative powers!! {#Cheesygrin}