"Island Girl" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
I see your teeth flash, Jamaican honey so sweet
Down where Lexington cross 47th Street
Oh she's a big girl, she's standing six-foot three
Turning tricks for the dudes in the big city

Island girl
What you wanting with the white man's world?
Island girl
Black boy want you in his island world

He want to take you from the racket boss
He want to save you, but the cause is lost
Island girl, island girl, island girl
Tell me what you wanting with the white man's world

Well she's black as coal, but she burn like a fire
And she wrap herself around you like a well-worn tire
You feel her nail scratch your back just like a rake, oh oh
He one more gone, he one more John who make the mistake

Island girl
What you wanting with the white man's world?
Island girl
Black boy want you in his island world

He want to take you from the racket boss
He want to save you, but the cause is lost
Island girl, island girl, island girl
Tell me what you wanting with the white man's world

Island girl
What you wanting with the white man's world?
Island girl
Black boy want you in his island world

He want to take you from the racket boss
He want to save you, but the cause is lost
Island girl, island girl, island girl
Tell me what you wanting with the white man's
Tell me what you wanting with the white man's
Tell me what you wanting with the white man's


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"Island Girl" as written by Elton John Bernie Taupin

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  • +1
    MemoryYou guys. Guys. The lyric is straightforward but if you listen to the soundscape you will hear the twinge of irony. This is one of his most rockin' albums...let's not sully it, ya?
    jacob10874on October 23, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAny song about a hooker is an instant classic as far as I'm concerned ;)
    DJacques75on May 24, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIs this song really about a prostitute? Can anyone confirm this? Haha
    PlanetJADEwardxon January 04, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI believe that this song is about a woman who comes from Jamaica and finds out her only way to make a living is to prostitute herself. Meanwhile there are a lot of men back in Jamaica that would love to take her for a wife. However, she's stuck in her prostitution life wherever she's gone. JMO
    SteelyDanon January 05, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI also want to add that the final line sounds like she kills her Johns after they have sex with her.
    SteelyDanon January 05, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThe song is about a male transsexual prostitute.
    anthony670on April 21, 2015   Link

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