Elton John: Crocodile Rock Meaning
Song Released: 1972
Crocodile Rock Lyrics
Me and Susie had so much fun
Holding hands and skimming stones
Had an old gold Chevy, and a place of my own
But the biggest kick I ever got
Was doing a thing called the Crocodile Rock
While the other kids were...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Sep 14th 2012 !⃝
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.
The song is about high school and rock and roll in the 50's. But it's written from an American perspective even though Elton is British. So "Susie left us for a foreign guy" refers to the demise of American stars like Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper and subsequently, the British Invasion. So the foreign guy is the Beatles. And Susie represents the typical high school girl who went crazy for such.
anonymous Jun 16th 2019 !⃝
It’s about more simple times in are youthful days when life was less complex
(I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will)
You can’t have them days again because it’s a one off being young..
but time go’s buy and your youthful ways are gone..
(But the years went by and the rock just died
Suzie went and left us for some foreign guy
Long nights crying by the record machine)
anonymous Feb 1st 2019 !⃝
A Crocodile Rock anagram is Color Cockride. Susie wore her dress tight; She didn't have to give it up to anyone because she went dancing as Elton's beard. Meanwhile, Elton discovered the thrill of having sex with gay black dudes...an activity mainstream society would have found "shocking" back in the time the song was written. Like Rocket Man, this is another coded song about Elton John being gay. Rocket Man was more about the alienation side of his struggle, and Crocodile Rock was more about the fun he had within the safe spaces of the queer subculture. Anyway, just a theory, not hating in any way.
anonymous Aug 25th 2018 !⃝
Crocodile rock is a song about liking Jerry Lee Lewis, swamp rock over Bill Haley and The Comets.
anonymous Jul 15th 2018 !⃝
For Christ's sake, Elton John HIMSELF said the song is about Nostalgia. It's about the simpler good old days of Rock n Roll in the 50's and 60's. If you lived then you would know it. Stop reading some other idiotic nonsense into it. lol
anonymous Oct 8th 2017 !⃝
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 !⃝
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 Mar 30th 2012 !⃝
I think that he tries to explain why he is gay.
anonymous Dec 7th 2011 !⃝
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.
More Elton John songs »
That Time Ronnie James Dio Saved Black Sabbath’s Bacon
What is a Left Hand Path? - Entombed and Swedish Death Metal
Song Analysis Corner: Convoy (1975)
What’s Up With Margaritaville?
This Album Links Duran Duran, Andy Warhol, and Kurt Vonnegut
Your Back-To-School Playlist
Blog posts mentioning Elton John
|Partners in Crime||anonymous|
|Just a Dream||anonymous|
|You Belong With Me||anonymous|
|I Don't Want Your Loving||anonymous|
|Ride Captain Ride||anonymous|
|The Red Means I Love You||KaiseiNeedsSleep|