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terrilynn

My very first concert ever was Elton John on the "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" tour, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Even when he's less than great, I'll always love him, for those memories alone.

His songs are all over the soundtrack of my teenage years, but my favorite is a later song, I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues.

Eleanor

You know, I remember a post where you were a little ashamed of liking "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," and I understood. At that time I'd just decided that I indeed liked that song -- earlier I thought, "these lyrics suck! 'Sugarbear'?!" But right around the time of that post, when I found out what the lyrics meant, the song made more sense to me, and I added it to my "Songs I Like" list.

I agree with terrilynn, I also like "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues."

The only one on your list I don't like, actually, is "Daniel." It just sounds like dentist's office music for some reason. Maybe something about the easy-going percussion, or the flute. That's actually another one I don't know the meaning of.

Kat

Eleanor, I completely agree about 'Daniel'...it doesn't grab me at all.

My favourite EJ song is probably 'The One'...possibly because of the drama and the sound of waves crashing in the background as much as for the lyrics.

Little Jeannie is the best -- it's like inhaling madeleines when I hear it.

bill

Gotta love Buh-Buh-Buh Bennie and the Jets. It's like eating fritos -- heavily processed but irresistable.

Elfie

Oh, definitely like "Someone Saved my Life Tonight," and can admit it reasonably proudly. "The Bitch is Back" and "Sorry is the Hardest Word," on the other hand, embarrass me slightly. I also like "Spanish Harlem." Gosh, I thought I managed to give up on EJ, and here I find I really like a lot of his stuff. Levon and Daniel are not two of those songs, however. Both good enough, but I agree with Eleanor and Kat about the easy listening aspect.

Milbarge

I have a few Elton songs I'm mildly embarrassed to like, and a few I sing along with when they play on the radio, but I really like those epic ones like "Levon," "Funeral for a Friend/Loves Lies Bleeding," and another one no one here has mentioned, "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters."

Thinking about this, I was struck by the similarities to my taste in David Bowie songs -- a few I like okay, a few I'm a little embarrassed to admit I like, and a few I love.

alkali

I second "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" and "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," and would add:

"Philadelphia Freedom"
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"

PG

You only have to be really embarrassed if, like me, you love "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" with George Michael also singing.

Eleanor

Ooh, ooh, Philadelphia Freedom! w00t.

I might only like that song because Philly's my hometown. I can't tell. It's my favorite EJ song... but I don't switch the station when it comes on the radio, and I'll even throw in a "Yes I DOOOO!" here and there with it. Stamp of approval.

Speaking of mild embarrassment, how about liking Billy Joel? I grew up on his music and love almost every song, even though if I heard them for the first time now, I wouldn't get into his stuff at all.

PG

I still like some of Billy Joel's songs if I'm listening to them for the first time. I heard "Angry Young Man" for the first time recently and thought it was great -- smart lyrics.

Eleanor

That's true, he does have really smart lyrics, in most of his songs. But that's in a way why I wouldn't get into him... he's all head and not enough heart. I mean, it's not like smart lyrics and good music are mutually exclusive, I'm just saying I find his music to be similarly cerebral and therefore somewhat sterile. And yet I still love his songs, basically out of nostalgia.

"Cold Spring Harbor," which was his first album, if I'm not mistaken, is actually one of my favorites, because it's got a lot of touching sweet sadness to its songs. And I like the song "Vienna" too.

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