"Roy Rogers" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
Sometimes you dream, sometimes it seems
There's nothing there at all
You just seem older than yesterday
And you're waiting for tomorrow to call

You draw to the curtains and one thing's for certain
You're cozy in your little room
The carpet's all paid for, God bless the TV
Let's go shoot a hole in the moon

Oh, and Roy Rogers is riding tonight
Returning to our silver screens
Comic book characters never grow old
Evergreen heroes whose stories were told
Oh the great sequin cowboy who sings of the plains
Of roundups and rustlers and home on the range
Turn on the TV, shut out the lights
Roy Rogers is riding tonight

Nine o'clock mornings, five o'clock evenings
I'd liven the pace if I could
Oh I'd rather have a ham in my sandwich than cheese
But complaining wouldn't do any good

Lay back in my armchair, close eyes and think clear
I can hear hoof beats ahead
Roy and Trigger have just hit the hilltop
While the wife and the kids are in bed

Oh, and Roy Rogers is riding tonight
Returning to our silver screens
Comic book characters never grow old
Evergreen heroes whose stories were told
Oh the great sequin cowboy who sings of the plains
Of roundups and rustlers and home on the range
Turn on the TV, shut out the lights
Roy Rogers is riding tonight


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"Roy Rogers" as written by Elton John Bernie Taupin

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    General CommentThis song is about aging and the ever angst of growing old. In realizing that one is old, it is about looking back and going along with the rest of the folk, in the old age home.. "We just seem older than yesterday (in our minds, we never age) we are waiting for tomorrow to call"...maybe hopelessness...

    The curtains are drawn by someone...and we are cozy in our fixed "little" rooms that include a TV, probably time-controlled, too.. Everything is arranged and paid for. Our only hope for youth is to shoot for the moon and fucking shoot a hole through it...the Movie Cocoon.

    This individual is old. And he/she knows it. They are remembering Roy Rogers, the TV show. And what it felt like to think about riding in the fantasy of that TV show. OR just being young- both! They are remembering that adventure...ahhhh.

    Back in the home- he/she would like some control- ham, cheese- on a simple sandwich. He/She again goes along, because "complaining wouldn't do any good.'

    He/She lays back in their armchair and goes on to remember, with such clarity- the TV show. Of hearing hoof beats ahead, while remembering family. He has hit the hilltop, while the wife and kids sleep.

    It is about going back in time to a favorite episode, while thinking about one's seeming uselessness, in a nursing home. It is about dreaming. It is about dying, after a passion of riding as a kid.
    molenskion February 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs from my favorite album of all time. To me, this song epitomizes a life already spent. Perhaps this character made some bad choices, which he thought good at first, and has now grown to hate his current situation. He's old, and life has passed him by, so he sits in front of the TV and lives life through the adventures of Roy Rogers and Trigger. I named my Ford Mustang "Trigger" because of this song. Hah.
    Hondachickon March 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have a different take. I see this song as representing a very simple, uncomplicated life, where basic things are appreciated. Being "cozy in your little room" is something many people would be happy with.
    swami7774on January 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSounds to me that the author lives a mundane but comfortable and predictable life. It must have been set in the 1960's however when Roy Rogers still featured on late night black and white TV.
    bigglesworth99on August 31, 2012   Link

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