Elton John: Crocodile Rock Meaning
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Song Released: 1972
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Crocodile Rock Lyrics
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.
fastfordfocus Apr 30th, 2011 4:34am report
This is a song about the early days of snorting mixed amphetamine salts. Back then, you see, things were quite different. What with all the kids dancing out of sight, lots of "La la la"ing. "Long times crying by the record machine". How naive of you all to misassume the crocodile as being a man and, yourself, a thing worth mention. Find the pistol, piss up a rope. We should all have so much with "Susie". "Holding hands and skipping stones." as it were. Good luck to you all. You will really need it.
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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