"The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-1934)" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
Some punk with a shotgun killed young Danny Bailey
In cold blood, in the lobby of a downtown motel
Killed him in anger, a force he couldn't handle
Helped pull the trigger that cut short his life
And there's not many knew him the way that we did
Sure enough he was a wild one, but then aren't most hungry kids, oh, oh?

Now it's all over Danny Bailey
And the harvest is in
Dillinger's dead, oh
I guess the cops won again
Now it's all over Danny Bailey
And the harvest is in

We're running short of heroes back up here in the hills
Without Danny Bailey we're gonna have to break up our stills
So mark his grave well 'cause Kentucky loved him
Born and raised a proper, I guess life just bugged him, and he
Found faith in danger, a lifestyle he lived by
A running-gun youngster in a sad, restless age, oh, oh

Now it's all over Danny Bailey
And the harvest is in
Dillinger's dead
I guess the cops won again, oh
Now it's all over Danny Bailey
And the harvest is in


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"The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-34)" as written by Elton John Bernie Taupin

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  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful. The piano "bang-bang" at the start sets the tone, Elton's singing has theatrical presence and the lyrics make a cool rip-off of "irish-whiskey-and- gangsters" mythology. A real gem.
    tinderboxon March 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a badass song. I would want this to be played at my funeral, damn! What a tribute to the gangsters and thieves who nevertheless care for their own.
    Goatllamaon August 16, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's supposed to be a suicide, isn't it? "Life just bugged him", "in cold blood" vs. "in anger" etc.
    Ashley Yon June 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing.
    Nickt12111on December 07, 2014   Link

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