Elton John: Crocodile Rock Meaning
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Song Released: 1972
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anonymous Oct 8th, 2017 10:43am report
I've always thought it was about "dirty dancing" as it were. I remember in grade school we had a dance on Friday nites, and some kids from another school came in and started "provocative" dancing, and were warned once by the teacher chaperones, but they continued with the next song, and were told to leave, and escorted to the door.
The key lyric is "Susie went and left me for some foreign guy." This was the period when lots of South Asians and people from the former British West Indies started pouring into London in large numbers. Whether "Susie" is a man or a woman is pretty immaterial -- the narrator is both nostalgic and jealous!
anonymous Jan 30th, 2013 1:38pm report
I think that "Susie" is really a man and the "Crocodile Rock" is symbolism for being gay, as in that "all the other kids were rockin' round the clock" being straight.
anonymous Sep 14th, 2012 9:57pm report
Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics for ALL of Elton's songs in their first 10 years or more, is reminiscing about being a kid in the early days of rock n roll. Elton then wrote music to emulate the mood and style of the times. Reminds me of being a kid in the early 70's. None of Elton's songs in the 70's had anything to do with being gay, since the words were always by his friend and collaborator Bernie, who was straight. "Tiny Dancer" is about Bernie's first wife, I believe.
anonymous Mar 30th, 2012 3:23pm report
I think that he tries to explain why he is gay.
anonymous Dec 7th, 2011 12:23pm report
No, it's about looking back. He's longing for when times were simpler and all he had to worry about was dancing with Suzie (whoever Suzie is) every week.
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anonymous Apr 17th, 2011 4:01am report
I heard it was a song about pop music and dance music. Hit Parade and shows like American Bandstand.
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