Elton John: Tiny Dancer Meaning
Song Released: 1972
Covered By: Ben Folds (2002)
Tiny Dancer Lyrics
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
Jesus freaks out in the...
anonymous Oct 24th, 2010 10:50pm report
I know now my interpretation is wrong. But can I share it anyway? When I first heard the song I thought the chorus was about Death the Tiny Dancer. "Hold me closer" was a death wish. The headlights on the highway were the souls of the dead marching to the afterlife. The sheets of linen were a shroud to be wrapped up in, and the busy day refers to lots of people dead, keeping death busy. Yeah, I know it's crazy but I still mull it over. :-)
anonymous Mar 5th, 2010 3:29am report
It's about a prostitute.
anonymous Sep 22nd, 2009 9:40pm report
this song like a poem its mystery is what makes it beautiful...interpret it whatever way you want my favourite song of all time
anonymous Sep 9th, 2009 9:30pm report
Coming to the U.S. (California specifically) for the first time, he was describing the spirit of the time through the women he met on the sunset strip at the different restaurants & bars.... free spirits, sexy, ethereal... The way they moved.... like Sarah Jessica Parker in "LA story".... So different than what he was used to from England. They'd mother you & sleep with you....." Tiny dancer just sounded better than Small dancer or Little Dancer.
anonymous Jun 25th, 2009 6:24pm report
I think the story is about someone's 1st use of a flame thrower whilst on LSD....they were making someone dance because Tinkerbell (of Peter Pan fame, the 'Tiny Dancer') was in the middle of a Richard Nixon interpretation, and had lacked the sufficient 5-o'clock shadow.
Furthermore, it can be interpreted as a love song to Leonid Brezhnev, who, amongst friends, was known as "The Seamstress of Lefortovo Prison." Unfortunately this moniker's meaning was never properly explained, and good ol' Leonid took the story behind it to his grave.
anonymous Jun 8th, 2009 6:41pm report
This song is not at all about maxine (bernie's ex-wife) although it was dedicated to her on the album mad man across the water and claimed by elton to be about maxine in earlier interviews. On Bernie Taupins website www.berniejtaupin.com he explains several of his song meanings
anonymous Mar 27th, 2008 3:41pm report
I hate joke "interpretations". This song seems to be about an actual dancer, probably Bernie's wife...
anonymous Mar 26th, 2008 3:22pm report
There is no question that this is about Bernie's wife Maxine. Her picture is included in the lyric sheet on the album.
anonymous Jan 19th, 2008 1:35pm report
I agree with the guy who said it is a about a driving masturbator.
anonymous Sep 12th, 2007 9:28pm report
The po-faced answer is that "seamstress for The Band" was intentionally capitalized, since Taupin was writing about The Band (Rick Danko etc).
She's clearly a groupie; Piano Man (I wonder who that refers to); it's the road, it's love of music, it's seeing weird things on the road (Jesus Freaks, handing tickets out for God); it's the sunrise after a shitty concert in nowhere and getting back on the road.
anonymous Apr 28th, 2006 4:49am report
This song is dedicated to the wife of Bernie Taipon who by fact is taleted dancer.
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