What does I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues mean?

Elton John: I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues Meaning

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Song Released: 1983


I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues Lyrics

Don't wish it away
Don't look at it like it's forever
Between you and me I could honestly say
That things can only get better

And while I'm away
Dust out the demons inside
And it won't be long before you and me run
To the place in our...

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    Surfer_Coyote
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    Nov 18th 2008 !⃝

    Generally speaking, it is a farewell song. It is pretty ambiguous in nature, so it could be a couple that has to spend time a part for any number of reasons.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2020 !⃝

    Lover in prison. Very comforting

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 26th 2017 !⃝

    Discussing the meaning of the song, Bernie Taupin said: "I wrote this in Montserrat, an island that, tragically, no longer exists. Basically, it's a letter home with a small tip included about making the most of time, not wishing it away just because you can't be with the one you love. Time is precious; read books, paint a picture, bake a cake. Just don't wallow, don't be content."

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2017 !⃝

    I was actually curious to see if anyone knew the names of the couple in the video?

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 30th 2014 !⃝

    I know what the video is about and I don't think that's what the song is about. I think the song is about two people who have nothing of importance but each other. I think they are drifting apart, either because of a disagreement or something else. He has left her and she is hurting, but I think the song (told from the man's perspective) is more to comfort him. The things he says to her are the things he says to make it easier on himself and he knows that they will be together again.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2012 !⃝

    This song is about a man going into the military while his "lover" is back at home.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2012 !⃝

    The best song when relatioship ends and you know you did your best

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2011 !⃝

    If you've seen the music video, it's a song about a young couple. The song is about your significant other going into the military service and being apart from you ("Time on my hands is like time spent with you").

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 15th 2006 !⃝

    I think it could be a song about a man in prison, singing it to his girlfriend!


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