I touched Elton John’s sole!

70s Elton

No that’s not a typo. Back in the 70s, I saw Elton John in concert. Can’t remember how, but someone got us really great floor seats. Toward the end of the concert, those of us in the front rows rushed down to the stage. The stage must have been raised about five feet above the floor because I, at my grand height of 5’2”, could just see over the top. Elton bent down and shook as many hands has he could. He shook the hand of the guy on my right, behind me, on my left…

No way was I getting left out, so I leapt up and touched whatever I could—in this case, the side of his 5” platform shoe. So I touched Elton John’s sole… literally!

I still love his Madman Across the Water album, especially the title song. But what the heck does it mean? And why was Bernie Taupin his lyricist if he made no sense?

So with that in mind, This is the first of ten posts where I’m going to document the strangest songs ever. I’m making a top 10 list, but please join in. What would be on your list of the strangest songs ever? What criteria would you use?

You might ask why a writer is blogging about music, and it’s a good question. The answer is… I’m totally lyric focused. Lyrics are words and therefore the prevue of us writerly folk.

So in at number 10, Madman Across the Water. What the heck does it mean?

#10… Madman Across the Water

Listen on YouTube
Follow the bouncing ball below:

I can see very well
There’s a boat on the reef with a broken back
And I can see it very well
There’s a joke and I know it very well
It’s one of those that I told you long ago
Take my word I’m a madman don’t you know

Once a fool had a good part in the play
If it’s so would I still be here today
It’s quite peculiar in a funny sort of way
They think it’s very funny everything I say
Get a load of him, he’s so insane
You better get your coat dear
It looks like rain

chorus

We’ll come again next Thursday afternoon
The In-laws hope they’ll see you very soon
But is it in your conscience that you’re after
Another glimpse of the madman across the water

I can see very well
There’s a boat on the reef with a broken back
And I can see it very well
There’s a joke and I know it very well

It’s one of those that I told you long ago
Take my word I’m a madman don’t you know

The ground’s a long way down but I need more
Is the nightmare black
Or are the windows painted
Will they come again next week
Can my mind really take it

[repeat chorus]

© 1970 Dick James Music Limited
Lyrics from http://www.eltonography.com/songs/madman_across_the_water.html

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About Gina X. Grant

Gina X. Grant writes ingenious plotlines with twists, turns and sometimes magic. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy is available from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon from a mining town in Northern Ontario. They have one rescued hound, Storm, named for Gina’s other pen name. Storm Grant—the writer, not the hound dog—writes engaging action adventure with two heroes. Since 2007, she has published with a variety of e-publishers and more recently, self-publishes. Gina’s and Storm’s books are available at all your favorite etailers, such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Visit ginaXgrant.com or stormgrant.com to find out more.

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