"Honky Cat" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
When I look back, boy, I must have been green
Bopping in the country, fishing in a stream
Looking for an answer, trying to find a sign
Until I saw your city lights, honey, I was blind

They said, get back, honky cat
Better get back to the woods
Well, I quit those days and my redneck ways
And, oh, the change is gonna do me good

You better get back, honky cat
Living in the city ain't where it's at
It's like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It's like trying to drink whiskey from a bottle of wine

Well, I read some books, and I read some magazines
About those high-class ladies down in New Orleans
And all the folks back home, well, said I was a fool
They said, oh, believe in the Lord is the golden rule

They said, get back, honky cat
Better get back to the woods
Well, I quit those days and my redneck ways
And, oh, the change is gonna do me good

They said, get back, honky cat
Better get back to the woods
Well, I quit those days and my redneck ways
And, oh, the change is gonna do me good

They said, stay at home, boy, you gotta tend the farm
Living in the city, boy, is going to break your heart
But how can you stay when your heart says no?
How can you stop when your feet say go?

They said, get back, honky cat
Better get back to the woods
Well, I quit those days and my redneck ways
And, oh, the change is gonna do me good

You better get back, honky cat
Living in the city ain't where it's at
It's like trying to find gold in a silver mine
It's like trying to drink whiskey from a bottle of wine

Oh, yeah

Get back, honky cat
Get back, honky cat
Get back

Get back, honky cat
Get back, honky cat
Get back


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"Honky Cat" as written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin

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    Song MeaningHonky Cat is about a modern day prodigal son who leaves his rural family to live in the city, with all of its the urban temptations: prostitution, drugs, alcohol, crime etc. What is great about the lyrics is that it presents the viewpoints of both the prodigal son and the family he has left. The singer of this song must switch back between expressing the carefree excitement of the prodigal son and the stern warnings of his family.
    mark2marieon August 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI discovered I had this album (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road) the other night.. and I just cant get through the whole thing.. I keep putting this one on repeat.
    anna118kon April 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWrong album, this is from the album "Honky Chateau".
    maxdog56on May 14, 2002   Link
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    General Comment::runs to grab album and check::

    ah, you're right. I was looking at the Greatest Hits album. Sorry... eh. still a good song all the same
    anna118kon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty cool how this song contradicts Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in a way, because he's taking about quittinng his redneck ways, while in GYBR, he wants to go back to the country. It is probably done on purpose to show his confusion with what he does and how he longs for both lifes.
    knate15on June 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was a little tongue in cheek, especially when compared to Yellow Brick road. It's about a boy who thinks he knows better than his family (or whoever) and has found bliss in the city life. In reality, he is deceiving himself and will end up going home (hence Yellow Brick Road)
    edguidryon October 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit is indeed very catchy....lyrics are weird, many of bernie taupin's (elton john's lyric writer for those of you unaware) lyrics are....this one sounds kinda racist, but also i think it could be about wanting to get out of the country and live the city life, and finding out its not as easy as it seems
    suckmykisson June 30, 2002   Link

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