If it came to pass that they should ask
What could I tell them
Would they criticize behind my back
Maybe I should let them
Oh if only then and only then
They would understand
They'd turn a full-blooded city boy
Into a full-blooded city man

If they could face it
I could take it in their eyes
Oh I know I'd make it
Their tiny minds
And sacred cows just fake it
If only then and only then
They would understand
They'd turn a full-blooded city boy
Into a full-blooded city man

But I know the way they want me
In the way they publicize
If they could turn their focus off
To the image in their eyes
Maybe it would help them, help them understand
Maybe it would help them, help them understand
Maybe it would help them, help them understand
That a full-blooded city boy
Is now a full-blooded city man

Oh my soul
Oh my soul
Oh my soul



Lyrics submitted by Lord Choc Ice

"All the Nasties" as written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin

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    General Comment:Well, I'll first tell you what the song is about. At first glance, you may miss the real meaning of the song. This song served as clue to Elton's sexuality. "If it came to pass that they should ask, What should I tell them? Would they criticize? ....."

    This song is one of my favorites.
    kylebedienton August 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i agree with kylebedient
    such a beautiful song im suprised there isnt more comments
    led_zeppelin_xxxon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I'm surprised there isn't more posts as well. The song is much more beautiful when you know what it's about. I agree with kylebedient's post.
    mystery12on March 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:This was way before EJ came out of the closet. It is surprisingly a direct reference to his sexuality.
    rcampbellon November 03, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:In actual fact i think it was bernie taupin(heterosexual) who wrote the lyrical score to this song and not elton himself.As i recall at the time EJ and BT went on record saying that this song was a reaction to certain small minded and negative comments being made in the press.Neither of them mentioned anything at all to do with sexual taboos.Elton even briefly mentions this on YOU TUBE (beginning of - all the nasties,live).
    harmoneeon July 28, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:What, yet another song about Elton's sexuality, can't you people think of anything else to write? For every ten people on here claiming Elton's writing about his homosexuality there's another ten reminding you that Bernie wrote the lyrics! Do you know so little about Elton John or do you really not care and are content to write any old crap? By the way, did I mention that BERNIE WROTE THE LYRICS?
    steeviec60on March 10, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:I think people should look beyond what they see before their eyes, and think with their heart instead.
    auburnstaron June 12, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:It's also about criticism as well. If you think about it, everyone tries to change you... the way you are. Media, friends, family, acquaintances, everyone basically, but you have destiny in your hands. This is your life. And screw 'em if they don't like it.
    auburnstaron June 12, 2013   Link

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