Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Life List Day 114 - Clarify the Lyrics

I was in the car singing along with Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" - nice & loud to hear myself over the complaints of my 15-year-old in the back seat - when I realized: I've probably sung this song a hundred times (maybe more) and I'm really iffy on some of the lyrics.

Today, I finally took the few minutes to look them up. Here's where I've been going oh-so-wrong:

My version:

hold me closer tiny dancer
count the headlines on the highway
lay me down and she's a planet
you had a visitor today

Elton's version:

hold me closer tiny dancer
count the headlights on the highway
lay me down in sheets of linen
you had a busy day today

So now I know the words, although I'm wondering if I like my version better. When his tiny dancer was a planet and had a visitor, I sort of thought the song was about a crazy lady who'd been a groupie but was now in a mental hospital. Now I think it's just about a groupie he fell in love with.

Although I'm still not sure why she's in his hand.

It makes me wonder what other lyrics I've been getting wrong.

4 comments:

Amanda said...

Jill, your blog makes me laugh out loud everytime I read it. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next adventure everyday. I have to say that to date my favorite one is the music lyrics. I used to sing Whitney Houstons, "Binary Woman", just to have recently learned that it is, "I'm Every Woman". I think I like my version better! Thanks for the many many laughs.

Breeni said...

LMAO How many songs have I butchered?

Livingsword said...

Jill oyu said:
"Although I'm still not sure why she's in his hand."

Does Elton say "she"?

I destroy lyrics,and sound aweful even in the shower! At Church they should lower a "cone of silence" over me so others do not need to suffer!

Love your blog.

pcsolotto said...

Nice blog. Thats all.