Song of the Day #4,107: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ – Elton John

Here’s another 1973 album I recently revisited on the blog, after the film Rocketman sent me down an Elton John rabbit hole.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ended a run of six excellent and highly successful albums, all released before John was out of his mid-20s. Few artists have pulled off a streak like that (next week, I’ll write about another who pulled it off).

After my Elton John deep dive, I decided Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is my favorite of his albums, or at least the one that produced the most songs I love. Of course, it has the advantage of being a double album.

The title track is definitely the standout.

[Verse 1]
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

[Bridge]
Ah, ah ha ah ah
Ah ah ha ha

[Chorus]
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

[Bridge]
Ah, ah ha ah ah
Ah ah ha

[Verse 2]
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

[Bridge]
Ah, ah ha ah ah
Ah ah ha

[Chorus]
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

[Bridge]
Ah, ah ha ah ah
Ah ah ha

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,107: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ – Elton John

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    As I think I wrote when you last featured this album, much like The Beatles’ White Album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road contains some of Elton’s best songs, including the title track, but also some weaker material that keeps it from being my favorite of his records—that honor probably goes to the leaner single record Honky Chateau.

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