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Happy Birthday Elton John


The iconic Elton John —Terry O'Neill photo

The iconic Elton John —Terry O’Neill photo

Happy 67th birthday Sir Elton, you’re still standing after all these years. My daughter Katie was born on March 24th, 26 years ago. Too bad. Had she been born just one day later I could have named her Eltonia Johnna.  😉

So much good music from you over the years! And I did my part to support you. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road — I bought the album first, then the 8-Track, yes the 8-Track which quickly got snarled in the player and had to be extracted yielding wads of tangled tape. Great invention…  Then bought it on cassette tapes, then the album again, then CD.

Saw you in so many great concerts over the years. Boston Garden, my first concert ever. I left floating on air. So many other epic ones, including July 4, 1976 at Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, with you arriving as the Statue of Liberty!

Your songs, including Your Song, have stood the test of time. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Candle in the Wind, Crocodile Rock, Rocket Man, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding… Impossible to pick just one favorite. But the first song of yours that grabbed me and pulled me in was Take Me to the Pilot. I’m still not sure exactly what Bernie’s lyrics mean, but it’s a heck of a ride. Cheers!

Take Me to the Pilot

If you feel that it’s real I’m on trial
And I’m here in your prison
Like a coin in your mint
I am dented and I’m spent with high treason

Through a glass eye your throne
Is the one danger zone
Take me to the pilot for control
Take me to the pilot of your soul

Take me to the pilot
Lead me through the chamber
Take me to the pilot
I am but a stranger

Take me to the pilot
Lead me through the chamber
Take me to the pilot
I am but a stranger

Well I know he’s not old
And I’m told he’s a virgin
For he may be she
But what I’m told is never for certain

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