Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bernie Taupin's Birthday

Elton John's long-time collaborator and lyricist Bernie Taupin is 63 years old today.

I've always been a fan of his lyrics, but I must admit I have no idea what they're about. They're like a puzzle I've spent forty years trying to piece together. They mean something to me, but I have no idea at all if that meaning is the same as Taupin intended.

For instance, this one to me is about the strange and gritty characters you'll meet in a city--in this case New York City--and what it's like to wander amongst them. The music Elton John wrote makes it feel like a sad journey, but I don't know if Bernie agreed.