"Bennie And The Jets" as written by Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, Miguel Jontel Pimentel, Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
Hey kids, shake it loose together
The spotlight's hitting something
That's been known to change the weather
We'll kill the fatted calf tonight

So stick around
You're gonna hear electric music
Solid walls of sound

Say, Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet
But they're so spaced out, Bennie and the Jets
Oh, but they're weird and they're wonderful
Oh, Bennie she's really keen

She's got electric boots, a mohair suit
You know I read it in a magazine
Bennie and the Jets

Hey kids, plug into the faithless
Maybe they're blinded
But Bennie makes them ageless
We shall survive, let us take ourselves along

Where we fight
Our parents out in the streets
To find who's right and who's wrong

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"Bennie and the Jets" as written by Elton John Bernie Taupin

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  • +5
    General CommentThe song tells of "Benny and the Jets", a fictional band of whom the singer, John, is a supposed fan. In interviews, Taupin has said that the song's lyrics are a satire on the music industry of the 1970s. The greed and glitz of the early '70s music scene is portrayed by Taupin's words:

    We'll kill the fatted calf tonight, so stick around, you're gonna hear electric music, solid walls of sound.

    A common coincidence of the song is the fact that Ben Graham, known as Benny, played with the New York Jets leading to the phrase "Benny & the Jets".
    shanshanshabangon August 19, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General Commentinsane412- elton is a legend, but I'm afraid he only writes the tunes to his songs, not the lyrics.
    most lyrics are written by bernie taupin
    matty_keatingon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTaupin explained that it was about the clash between the youth who got into GLAM with the arrival of Ziggy Stardust etc. and their parents who had little understanding for them. Bennie And The Jets portrays a glamrock act with its androgyneous lead singer etc. It's definitely a fun song.
    hairychesteron December 10, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhen this song came out, everyone took notice. It brought people together. I'm emotional thinking about it, because it still has that affect on folks. I remember it playing in record stores, and everyone swayed their bodies to the beat. I played it in the car one night for my rap loving nephew. He was mesmerized by the beat. I've had the pleasure of observing this song's journey across different cultures and generations. Needless to say, it's one of my favorite songs.
    PudaRingon July 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about a band called Bennie And The Jets and the youths who love the band
    Cherub Rockon July 30, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI believe this song is about Benny "the Jet" Urquidez. He was a very famous martial artist that Elton John saw in competition a few times. I think the electric boots is talking about his amazing kicking ability.
    lunaninjaon June 10, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about a sci-fi female rock star who is adored by many.

    *Note: Bennie and the Jets is a live sounding track, due to the magic of Gus Dudgeon. The song was very popular on black radio, and was subsequently performed on Soul Train by the first white performer: ELTON JOHN!
    Lord Choc Iceon June 11, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst of all it is "Bennie" and not "Benny." Secondly this song was written as a parody of glamrock Garry Glitter etc. It is about the band "Bennie and the Jets" Bennie is the lead singer, who kids of the time are in love with, and parents do not approve of. There is no symbolism in this song, just read it and you can tell what it is about.

    By the way the misspelling of the title is really annoying is there anyway to get somebody to change that?
    ECisGodon January 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow, big surprise, another Elton John song-meaning where everyone plays the drug card. Hey, I've got you for you guys. Remember that old school song, Mary Had a Little Lamb? Well, turns out it isn't so innocent after all. "Whose fleece was white as snow (COCAINE!)" DEFINITELY a reference to coke. Also, lambs (sheep) were the animals from which it was discovered how to immunize an animal/human against diseases. They were injected with low doses of these diseases. Now, injections to immunize lambs, means this song is about Mary shooting up heroin by needle. Crack and Heroin abuse. The true meaning behind Mary Had a Little Lamb.
    skrouseon April 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The song tells of "Bennie and the Jets", a fictional band of whom the singer, John, is a supposed fan. In interviews, Taupin has said that the song's lyrics are a satire on the music industry of the 1970s." - Wikipedia

    Elton John didn't write any of his lyrics, Bernie Taupin wrote them.
    sublimeisgreaton April 04, 2007   Link

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