Radio 78, side B, track 6: “Rocket Man” by Elton John

Elton John - Rocket ManOh, Elton John, I’ve heard this song before but I didn’t really pay attention to it.  I thought it was great of course, but I always assumed that the Rocket Man was some kind of a metaphor, that it wasn’t really about a man in a rocket.  And maybe it is a metaphor that I just don’t get, but from what I’m hearing, this is a straight-up story about a rocket man.  And now I love this song even more.

The subgenre of pop songs about astronauts in outer space is about my all-time favorite.  I don’t know what it is, and it’s not that I’m seeking them out.  But when I hear one, it always gives me a chill.  Something about how the song captures the loneliness or the eeriness or just the whole sense of “out there”-ness, they give me this oogy but not unpleasant feeling.  The only one that I captured on my tapes as a kid was “Dancing In Heaven”, which I adore to this day.  And I just read that post about “Dancing In Heaven” again and I basically wrote the exact same thing.  So apparently I don’t have anything new or original to say, Elton John.  Although last time I didn’t write “oogy”.  So there’s that.

lyrics to “Rocket Man”

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One thought on “Radio 78, side B, track 6: “Rocket Man” by Elton John

  1. […] I was immediately entranced.  As I was recently talking about when Elton John and I chatted about “Rocket Man”, I love me some space rock, and this might be my favorite.  I get the chills every time I hear it, […]


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