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Elton John

Rocket Man

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“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long Long Time)“ is a song composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and originally performed by John. The song echoes the theme of David Bowie’s 1969 song “Space Oddity” (both recordings were produced by Gus Dudgeon), but, according to an account in Elizabeth Rosenthal’s book, His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John, the song was inspired by Taupin’s sighting of either a shooting star or distant airplane. The account goes on to relate that the notion of astronauts no longer being perceived as heroes, but in fact as an “everyday occupation” led him to the song’s opening lines, “She packed my bags last night, pre-flight. Zero hour: 9 a.m. And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then.“ The song first appeared on John’s... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ And I think it's gonna be a long long time ... Till touch down brings me round again to find ... Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

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This song is listed #242 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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