Oh, 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”