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Elton John: Tiny Dancer Meaning

Song Released: 1972


Tiny Dancer Lyrics

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

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    anonymous
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    Dec 27th, 2006 12:59pm report


    The lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin, John's writing partner. They were inspired by Taupin's first trip to America. John and Taupin are from England, and this was the first album they wrote after spending time in the US.
    The "Blue jean baby, LA Lady, seamstress for the band" is Maxine Feibelmann, Bernie Taupin's girlfriend. She traveled with the band on their early tours, often sewing together the costumes and fixing their clothes. She and Taupin married in 1971.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 26th, 2008 3:22pm report


    There is no question that this is about Bernie's wife Maxine. Her picture is included in the lyric sheet on the album.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 9th, 2:44am report


    I believe the tiny dancer was a music box ballerina, the singer is enchanted by finding an old and broken little music box along the sandy highway in LA . He sees this tired tiny dancer as having had a busy day and needs to close the satin lined music box to let the tiny dancer rest. He then dreams of her as an alive partner although he wakes to find himself alone with a broken music box. Sad....



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    anonymous
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    Oct 20th, 2013 10:37am report


    It's about a girl with big dreams who get tied up with the band and becomes a groupie! She thought she would be a ballerina girl, but life and circumstance did not lead her that way. Therefore she became a popular prostitute who lays her tricks or band members who have passed through her at one time or another on sheets of linen! Her love ..... Now she's in me always with me..... The memory of a special prostitute to the band members reflection of what her life could have been! An innocent ballerina girl'........ The casualties of innocent dreams!!!!



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    grandmaof1
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    Jan 15th, 2013 1:25am report


    I interpreted it as a bobble head hula girl on the dashboard (counting the headlights on the highway)of a car driven by a lonely man who fancies her his human companion taking her where ever he went.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 11th, 2012 6:48pm report


    i always thought this song was about,a little girl becoming a balerina dancer.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 17th, 2012 4:11pm report


    i taught is was one of them hawaii dolls that you stick in the front of the car, it dances (Hullas?) when the car moves, and coz its at the front of the car it can count the headlights on the highway



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    Songwriter
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    Apr 17th, 2012 4:08am report


    It is about Maxine Feibelmann and Bernie. When she was traveling with the band and Bernie Elton. Bernie was eying her he would fantasize about her. They would have a long day and he would be alone without her and in his bed “Lay me down in sheets of linen you had a busy day today” and masturbate. “But oh how it feels so real Lying here with no one near Only you and you can't hear me When I say softly, slowly”
    The tiny dancer was his penis in his hand, the sand was his testicals. Sorry to be graphic but now the mystery is revealed. Everything else is what he would think about when he was fantasizing about her. She was so cute with her Pretty eyed, pirate smile, he was dreaming about them getting married.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 16th, 2011 11:45pm report


    I think that the song is about someone's love for a "tiny dancer" and just going through life experiencing little things that are wonderful because they're together. The two are care free and dance in the sand and count headlights together on the highway, it doesn't matter what they're doing because all they care about is being together. Then after a busy day they're happy just to be together. He's writing a love ballad for her. I know this probably wasn't the intent of Bernie Taupin but this is how I see the song, it makes me so happy.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 24th, 2011 9:12pm report


    I used to read teen magazine, Tiger Beat I think, that had a columnist that went by the name 'Genie the Taylor'. She wrote articles about groups and she was "madly' in love with Eric Clapton and George Harrison. She was a tailor and made costumes for groups like The Rascals and Loving Spoonful. I believe she was also a groupie. She died in a car accident in the early 70's. I don't know her real name but that is who I believe he was writing about in Tiny Dancer.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 30th, 2011 8:28am report


    But oh how it feels so real
    Lying here with no one near
    Only you and you can't hear me

    He is singing a song to his hand. It is rather good at sewing, dancing in the sand, and love making.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 18th, 2011 6:46am report


    Its about fags



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    anonymous
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    May 27th, 2011 5:00pm report


    I think the song is, frankly, about masturbation; ''tiny dancer in my hand'' and also ''But oh how it feels so real
    Lying here with no one near''



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    anonymous
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    May 8th, 2011 5:27pm report


    See the link posted earlier by another anonymous.
    You can hear it all in Bernie's own voice at his Audio Blog on Http://www.berniejtaupin.com/discography.bt
    Click the play button next to "Tiny Dancer".



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 2011 4:36pm report


    Hold me closer tiny dancer count the headlights on the highway.... Seems to b talking about a hood ornament keeping him company on the road. .. At least to me anyway



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    anonymous
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    Dec 21st, 2010 12:33am report


    I can tell you my interpretation. There was this little girl on the beach in California. She was about two year's old at the time. It was a perfect day and the water was calm. She was thinking about God and how beautiful his universe is....so she decided to dance for him in the sand-the music was in her head. He held her up on her little toe and she spun around and around, doing one perfect peroet after another. When she was done, she stretched out her arms to the sky and praised God and His beauty. Afterwards, a man aproached her and told her that he had been watching her and that he was going to write a song about her dancing in the sand. Not sure if it's true or not.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 12th, 2010 11:04pm report


    although the song was dedicated to bernie taupins first wife maxine in 1971 on the album madman across the water its a common misconception that it was actually written about her, seeing as there is a very high probability that he wrote it before he was dating her. it was written however after elton and bernies first trip to california and attempts to describe the mood of that part of america through the eyes of two british tourists. every line is written as though bernie is an observer, people watching, and does not have a personal attatchment to the characters being described other than sharing the fact they they are both human beings. this concept is stressed when bernie describes that he is alone, and possibly lonely, when he writes "But oh how it feels so real Lying here with no one near" bernie gives the impression that he wishes that he had a "tiny dancer" of his own, to hold in his hand, to pass the time with, even if its just "counting headlights on the highway". this idea is given more credence seeing as how he soon after rushed into a marriage with a woman whom he never truly loved, and divorced after just under 5 years.
    its the concept of the perfect woman and the dream of companionship that bernie vows to keep with him forever, his "ballerina in the sand". hopefully he finally found her with his 4th wife and mother of his children.



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