Friday, June 5, 2009

Burn down the mission

This was my favorite song when I was 14 or something. I heard it on my way home from work and got all mushy and squishy, thinking nostalgically about what we used to call "junior high school" (not middle school).

In this live version, Elton was still young and cute, just like I was. Now, we're both old and not so cute... so this goes out to the kids who have never understood how he got so famous, especially since (like Rod Stewart) he has morphed into a lounge lizard. Check that kick-ass piano jam at the end! That should explain everything.

And you old folks will just get nostalgic and cry.

Lyrics by Bernie Taupin; in this live version, Elton omits the last verse:

You tell me there's an angel in your tree
Did he say he'd come to call on me
For things are getting desperate in our home
Living in the parish of the restless folks I know

Everybody now bring your family down to the riverside
Look to the east to see where the fat stock hide
Behind four walls of stone the rich man sleeps
Its time we put the flame torch to their keep

Burn down the mission
If were gonna stay alive
Watch the black smoke fly to heaven
See the red flame light the sky

Burn down the mission
Burn it down to stay alive
It's our only chance of living
Take all you need to live inside

Deep in the woods the squirrels are out today
My wife cried when they came to take me away
But what more could I do just to keep her warm
Than burn burn burn burn down the mission walls


Elton John - Burn Down the Mission


Mama Moretti said...

He looks like a baby! Fun listening - thanks.

petpluto said...

I have always had the fortune of having a mother who was fairly obsessed with Elton John, to the point she squee'd wildly when we passed his home (estate? grounds? tennis courts?) in France. Madman Across the Water and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road were on the frequent listening list!

Rootietoot said...

I love Elton John. My kids don't get it,and I don't care.

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