Song of the Day: Elton John, “Levon”

Lyricist Bernie Taupin, who has worked with Elton John since 1967, turns 71 today. He and Elton met when the two of them answered the same ad in New Music Express placed by Liberty Records. While neither passed the audition, Elton said he was looking for a lyricist and was given Bernie’s name and samples of his work. Bernie has also witten songs for Alice Cooper, Starship, and Heart. "Levon," with lyrics by Bernie, is from Elton’s 1971 album Madman Across The Water. It reached #24 in the US and #6 in Canada.

8 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Elton John, “Levon”

  1. He could not be touched in the early seventies. Levon and Tiny Dancer are close to perfect songs.

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      1. Yes it that song wasn’t in the great atmosphere but in the fun one…My sister had the single so I grew up with it.

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  2. I think “Madman” was Elton’s best album–my favorite at least.

    “Levon sells cartoon balloons in town” is such a memorable line. Maybe because a few years after this song came out I was sometimes actually selling Disney cartoon balloons during intermissions in the shows I worked on. That line would always be lingering in my head when I was selling those balloons and blowing them up before the shows. I kind of hated those balloons even though they would bring in some nice extra income.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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