August 12, 2003


Elton John should re-release this song. Straight to number one.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 12, 2003 12:23 AM

I'd wager this Taupin/John's attempt at a sarcastic response to Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee."

Irony: other than "the Negro blues" line (Haggard and other country singers are more authentically bluesmen than any British art school poofter), it works as an earnest political statement.

Posted by: iowahawk at August 12, 2003 at 04:01 AM

There is no reason why any Elton John song should be released much less re-released.

Posted by: A Texas shootin solution at August 12, 2003 at 09:21 AM

Let's not encourage the man. I remember reading somewhere that Hugh "No Clue" Grant went halves with an unknown bidder at a recent celeb auction to buy a dinner with Elton and cronies for about $1 million. He'll even sing a ditty or two! For $1 mil. the prick should serve the food himself and then clean the dishes too. The arrogance to believe his company is worth so much is appalling.

Posted by: Jake D at August 12, 2003 at 11:32 AM

Get a cover released by the "Dixie Chicks".
We haven't had a good ol' fashioned lynchin' round these here parts fer a while.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at August 12, 2003 at 11:34 AM

Then there's Randy Newman, but I don't know influenced whom:

We're rednecks, rednecks
And we don't know our ass from a hole in the ground
We're rednecks, we're rednecks
And we're keeping the niggers down

Now your northern nigger's a negro
You see he's got his dignity
Down here we're too ignorant to realize
That the north has set the nigger free

Yes he's free to be put in a cage
In harlem in new york city
And he's free to be put in a cage in the south-side of chicago
And the west-side
And he's free to be put in a cage in hough in cleveland
And he's free to be put in a cage in east st. louis
And he's free to be put in a cage in fillmore in san francisco
And he's free to be put in a cage in roxbury in boston
They're gatherin' 'em up from miles around
Keepin' the niggers down


Posted by: ilibcc at August 12, 2003 at 01:03 PM

isn't he due to re-dedicate 'candle in the wind' again soon to someone else?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at August 13, 2003 at 05:44 AM

It's not really very impressive to write or record an anti-racist song in the 1970s or 1980s. Far more impressive to do it in the 1950s. You know, when there was actual segregation and lynchings going on.

Posted by: Ken Summers at August 13, 2003 at 06:38 AM