Song of the Day #3,224: ‘Tiny Dancer’ – Elton John vs. Paul Simon

This is the first real heavyweight battle of Round One of Montauk Madness: Elton John vs. Paul Simon. A couple of musical geniuses in their 70s who have written some of the most memorable songs of the last 50 years.

‘Your Song’ vs. ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.’ ‘Levon’ vs. ‘Still Crazy After All These Years.’ ‘Tiny Dancer’ vs. ‘Graceland.’ (I should note here that this matchup includes only Paul Simon’s solo work… Simon & Garfunkel received their own spot in the tournament).

It’s a tough fight, no doubt, but ultimately an easy call for me. Elton John is a genius but Paul Simon is a whole other level of essential. And it helps that, unlike John, he writes both the music and lyrics to his songs. Paul Simon it is.

[Verse 1]
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, 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

[Verse 2]
Jesus Freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad

[Verse 3]
Piano man he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on she sings the songs
The words she knows the tune she hums

[Bridge]
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

[Chorus]
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

[Verse 1 coda]
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, 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

[Bridge]
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

[Chorus]
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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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,224: ‘Tiny Dancer’ – Elton John vs. Paul Simon

  1. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Though I love to belt out “Tiny Dancer” or “Levon” when driving down the highway, Paul Simon overall to me is the superior artist. For Graceland and Rhythm of Saints alone he has established as one of the best artists of all time but the song he wrote for “The Wild Thornberrys” (“Father and Daughter”) solidifies that spot.

  2. Dana says:

    Wow, so you couldn’t pit either of these against Coldplay?😄
    Okay, well this is far less easy for me than it was for you. Both are great, with long careers. Both have had great and less than great albums. But, gun to the head, I guess I’ll pick Simon, but I’m not happy about losing Elton in round 1.

  3. Gary Rogatz says:

    Although I love Paul Simon’s music, I’ll have to go with Sir Elton.

  4. Amy says:

    This isn’t an easy pick at all…. while I might appreciate Paul Simon more, the songs of Elton John’s that I love, I truly love… likely more than any of SImon’s solo work.

  5. Peg says:

    I am more then happy to pick Paul Simon; he is one of my very favorites. I have not even a smidget of regret over this one.

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