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Elton John: Tiny Dancer Meaning

Song Released: 1972

Covered By: Ben Folds (2002)

Tiny Dancer Lyrics

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

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    Dec 27th, 2006 12:59pm report

    The lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin, John's writing partner. They were inspired by Taupin's first trip to America. John and Taupin are from England, and this was the first album they wrote after spending time in the US.
    The "Blue jean baby, LA Lady, seamstress for the band" is Maxine Feibelmann, Bernie Taupin's girlfriend. She traveled with the band on their early tours, often sewing together the costumes and fixing their clothes. She and Taupin married in 1971.


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    Jul 9th, 2015 7:20am report

    The song is about a touring musician daydreaming about a woman (implied to be a groupie maybe- depending on how much you like the Movie "Almost Famous") while he's on the road. "Count the headlights on the highway" is about being on the road... "Now she's in me, always with me"- basically he can't stop thinking about her, even when he's away on the road. "Oh how it feels so real, lying here with no one near" - ok- some people interpret this as a metaphor for "self-love" - which in weird creepy way, fits this concept- but it could be taken more at face value- he imagines her lying next to him... "Lay me down in sheets of linen, had a busy day today" - if we go with the "musician on the road" theme- this part of the daydream is him imaining himself coming home from a busy work day (a concert) getting in bed (sheets of linen) and telling her he had a busy day, like a normal person would do coming home late after an extra long day at the office.

    "Seamstress for the band" could be a clever drug reference, or it could be face value- naming the groupie/girlfriend/whatever the band's seamstress as a pretense to take her on tour.

    Having the lyrics open to multiple interpretations is part of the genius of it. I think the main story of it is found closer to the surface, with the other more veiled connotations there as an extra layer of color/depth.


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    Mar 14th, 2015 3:33pm report

    Songs from there dreams. Parts of past history in there dreams. Just like the white horse that repeats itself in many movies. With all the lonely people in the world, we all had at some point in past history a loved one, in generations past, now gone forever. No one in our present life compares.


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    Jun 15th, 2014 6:38am report

    Everyone just make up any story that makes you happy. It's about a tiny woman that he fancied.


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    Apr 22nd, 2014 4:16am report

    My interpretation is that Elton John had a girlfriend, who he thought she looked like a "tiny dancer", and she committed suicide by standing in a highway.


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    Feb 9th, 2014 2:44am report

    I believe the tiny dancer was a music box ballerina, the singer is enchanted by finding an old and broken little music box along the sandy highway in LA . He sees this tired tiny dancer as having had a busy day and needs to close the satin lined music box to let the tiny dancer rest. He then dreams of her as an alive partner although he wakes to find himself alone with a broken music box. Sad....


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    Oct 20th, 2013 10:37am report

    It's about a girl with big dreams who get tied up with the band and becomes a groupie! She thought she would be a ballerina girl, but life and circumstance did not lead her that way. Therefore she became a popular prostitute who lays her tricks or band members who have passed through her at one time or another on sheets of linen! Her love ..... Now she's in me always with me..... The memory of a special prostitute to the band members reflection of what her life could have been! An innocent ballerina girl'........ The casualties of innocent dreams!!!!


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    Jan 15th, 2013 1:25am report

    I interpreted it as a bobble head hula girl on the dashboard (counting the headlights on the highway)of a car driven by a lonely man who fancies her his human companion taking her where ever he went.


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    Jun 11th, 2012 6:48pm report

    i always thought this song was about,a little girl becoming a balerina dancer.


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    Apr 17th, 2012 4:11pm report

    i taught is was one of them hawaii dolls that you stick in the front of the car, it dances (Hullas?) when the car moves, and coz its at the front of the car it can count the headlights on the highway


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    Apr 17th, 2012 4:08am report

    It is about Maxine Feibelmann and Bernie. When she was traveling with the band and Bernie Elton. Bernie was eying her he would fantasize about her. They would have a long day and he would be alone without her and in his bed “Lay me down in sheets of linen you had a busy day today” and masturbate. “But oh how it feels so real Lying here with no one near Only you and you can't hear me When I say softly, slowly”
    The tiny dancer was his penis in his hand, the sand was his testicals. Sorry to be graphic but now the mystery is revealed. Everything else is what he would think about when he was fantasizing about her. She was so cute with her Pretty eyed, pirate smile, he was dreaming about them getting married.


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    Nov 16th, 2011 11:45pm report

    I think that the song is about someone's love for a "tiny dancer" and just going through life experiencing little things that are wonderful because they're together. The two are care free and dance in the sand and count headlights together on the highway, it doesn't matter what they're doing because all they care about is being together. Then after a busy day they're happy just to be together. He's writing a love ballad for her. I know this probably wasn't the intent of Bernie Taupin but this is how I see the song, it makes me so happy.


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    Sep 24th, 2011 9:12pm report

    I used to read teen magazine, Tiger Beat I think, that had a columnist that went by the name 'Genie the Taylor'. She wrote articles about groups and she was "madly' in love with Eric Clapton and George Harrison. She was a tailor and made costumes for groups like The Rascals and Loving Spoonful. I believe she was also a groupie. She died in a car accident in the early 70's. I don't know her real name but that is who I believe he was writing about in Tiny Dancer.


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    Aug 30th, 2011 8:28am report

    But oh how it feels so real
    Lying here with no one near
    Only you and you can't hear me

    He is singing a song to his hand. It is rather good at sewing, dancing in the sand, and love making.


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    May 27th, 2011 5:00pm report

    I think the song is, frankly, about masturbation; ''tiny dancer in my hand'' and also ''But oh how it feels so real
    Lying here with no one near''


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    May 8th, 2011 5:27pm report

    See the link posted earlier by another anonymous.
    You can hear it all in Bernie's own voice at his Audio Blog on Http://www.berniejtaupin.com/discography.bt
    Click the play button next to "Tiny Dancer".

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