Elton John: Rocketman Meaning
Song Released: 1972
Zero hour nine a.m.
And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It's lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight
And I think it's gonna be a long long...
In my opinion, it's about a state of mind also expressed in the short story "Rocket man" by Ray Bradbury in the book "An illustrated man", which also happens to be the inspiration to the song. Both the song and the short story is about a man going out to space, leaving his family at home. Hardly, this is all they are about.
It's about a man having two sort of magnets, that pull him in its direction. When he is at home, he longs for the sky, thinking about what it is like up there. But then, when he is in space, all he can think about is he's family and how they are doing. So he can never be happy. I quote: " (...) Till touch down brings me 'round again to find, I'm not the man they think I am at home, Oh, no, no, no. I'm a rocket man."
In the second verse it goes mars ain't the kinda place to raise you kids, which gives the impression that the two "magnets" clash.
What I mean when I say that it is about a state of mind is that it describes perfectly how things can be sometimes. Of course this isn't only when you are a astronaut, which gives the song some sort of allegorical touch.
Sorry for my bad formulations, and poor language. I don't write in English that often. :)
anonymous Sep 7th, 9:33am report
Those of us who are devoted to whatever we do find that it can take us away from our personal relationships into an orbit we experience alone. This commitment to your pursuit creates an alter-identity that is nothing like how you are normally seen as someone's spouse, parent, next door neighbor. While it's lonely and you miss your loved ones, your work is something you must do. The fact that your spouse "packs your bags preflight" acknowledges the acceptance of this duty as a routine.
kooljohn176 Jan 17th, 2016 1:23pm report
ROCKETMAN is one great uplifting song by ELTON JOHN for the imagination that came out during the exciting times of the APOLLO Programmed moon flight missions that fueled and made space travel a hot topic to get high and talk about in the cold of night dreaming within ''SPACE ODDITY'',being in the mindset of a COSMONAUT to get high and imagining going on a spaceflight to Mars alone, who loves and misses his wife and would've been a lonely place to raise his kids there that were left back on Earth, from the ''timeless flight'' in the outta space mission. Thinking it's going to be a long long, long long time before he splashes back to Earth one day.
anonymous Jul 25th, 2014 7:58pm report
Will people stop bashing him because he is Bisexual? If you guys knew anything about Elton John you would know that he at one time was married to a woman.
I think the song is not about addiction or his sexual identity. I think the song is more about what Erikskarb said. Think of the song like an intersection. He turns right (earth) and he wants to go left (outer space). He changes his mind and goes left (outer space) once he goes that way he realises he misses right or earth. He is torn between the two ways and he can't escape it.
I'm sorry if my explanation made no sense to you. I am even more sorry if you think Elton John is a dirty, gay, druggy, pig. But that's your problem. Elton John is an amazing artist that will inspire people for ages.
-Your very own 12 year old Hippie.
anonymous May 3rd, 2014 5:54pm report
It must be quite a song to elicit so many different interpretations. I love it.
anonymous Jan 13th, 2013 1:12am report
It's obviously a metaphor for drugs and life in general. No duh ?
anonymous Nov 22nd, 2012 11:12am report
The fourth one from the top is so obviously right
anonymous Dec 18th, 2011 12:04am report
I think the song is about addiction...and how lonely it is being an addict..he has replaced his family with his addiction...so he misses his wife.. outer space is no place for kids..meening you shouldn't be raising your children under the influence..
anonymous Sep 21st, 2011 9:25am report
Elton told me in a face to face interview that it was about a career choice. He said, "Sadly my career and addiction wer balsting off in equal momentum at the time and bot Bernie and I knew this.... I wanted to scrap the song from the album because it was too personal".... Elton walked away from interview as he was called for the stage.. He glanced back at me as I was stage left behind his piano. He winked and opened with "Rocket Man"
anonymous May 9th, 2011 5:20am report
Its about the cultural transition between the 60's and 70's.
anonymous Nov 25th, 2009 11:48pm report
I think it is about life on the road or on tour. Constantly on the move, never anywhere for any length of time. I think it's a battle of wanting to having some normality in his life, and the sacrifices he has to make for his career. Who he wants to be, and who he pretends to be.
This is a song about a short story by Ray Bradbury written in 1951-- Rocket Man. It is in a collection of short stories in the science fiction book "The Illustrated Man".
Read this story then listen to the song. It's practically identical...The astronaut wanted his wife and wanted his space travel...he couldn't have both--it's actually quite sad.
anonymous Jul 29th, 2009 7:04pm report
I hate how everyone thinks that because Elton is gay that all of his music has homosexual inuendos. Get your facts straight, Elton only wrote the music to this song, not the lyrics. So stop it with your unresearched and completely misconstrued psychological interpretations of something you know nothing about.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Jun 13th, 2008 6:38pm report
Bernie Taupin wrote the majority of Elton's lyrics, and rarely (except on Captain Fantastic) wrote as if from Elton's point of view. Hence while Rocket Man may well be an allegory of the loneliness and other-worldliness of fame, it is Bernie's experience rather than (or at least as well as) Elton's that is being represented.
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