"John and Elvis Are Dead" as written by and George/austin Michael....
Close friend of mine as a child fell into a slumber
No sign of life since '75
Then one day he just, what do you know
I' guessing God just called his number

He called me up he called me up and said
"I've been awake about a week
I'm thinking about asking the doctor
If he could put me back to sleep"
Then he laughed and said
"Hey all the girls they look the same"
Don't they know just what their mothers
Paid in blood, and tears to change

But the words that made me cry
The thing he softly said
It stayed with me, it keeps messing with my head
He said, "If Jesus Christ is alive and well
And how come John and Elvis are dead?"

Youth, beautiful youth
We walked through the walls until we found the truth
And said "Change it, it's ugly just change it"
Everyone we used to know
Must have given up, so long ago
You can see it, it's written on their faces
And the inside of their clothes

But the words that made me cry
'Cause I knew just what they meant
He turned to me and said
"Hey boy, if Jesus Christ is alive and well
Then how come John and Elvis are dead?"

"Tell me if Jesus Christ is alive and well
Then how come Marvin and Elvis are dead?"

I said, if Jesus Christ is gonna save us from ourselves
Then, how come peace, love and Elvis are dead?
How come?

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"John and Elvis Are Dead" as written by George Michael David Austin

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    General CommentI think this song represents everything that is meant to be good in life, and asks why some good things last forever and others don't; 'If Jesus Christ is alive and well, then how come John & Elvis are dead?'.
    bluegemstoneon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenta poem based on a nice simple idea. well done
    amusiqaon March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the friend in the first verse is obviously made-up, as if someone slipped into a coma in the 70's and had just woken up int e 2004 when it was written. bearing in mind michael writes a lot of material when completely stoned! The friend finds out John and elvis are dead....the women's movement appears to count for nothing as all the girls look the same....the lack to me is all about the lack of youth / pop culture in today's society, something micahel has plugged a few times
    shopforhorrorson April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis page is missing alot of lyrics at the beginning of the song, it starts with "Close friend of mine" then something else then "fell into a slumber" then "no sign of life since 75" then it continues with "Then one day he just, what do you know" As for the meaning, i heard this song was about his relationship with Elton John but iunno if by relationship it meant just a friendship or a boyfriend cuz i can't find any proof that says they dated. Does anyone know?
    Eltonfanon February 03, 2009   Link

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