"Little Jeannie" as written by Elton John and Gary Anthony Osborne....
Oh little Jeannie, you got so much love, little Jeannie
And you take it where it strikes and give it to the likes of me
Oh little Jeannie, she got so much love, little Jeannie
So I see you when I can, you make me all a man can be

And I want you to be my acrobat
I want you to be my lover
Oh, there were others who would treat you cruel
And oh Jeannie, you were always someone's fool

Little Jeannie, you got so much time, little Jeannie
Though you've grown beyond your years, you still retain the fears of youth
Oh little Jeannie, you got so much time, little Jeannie
But you're burning it up so fast, searching for some lasting truth

And I want you to be my acrobat
I want you to be my lover
Oh there were others who would treat you cruel
But oh Jeannie, I will always be your fool

And I want you to be my acrobat
I want you to be my lover
Oh there were others, and I've known quite a few
But oh oh Jeannie, I'm still in love with you

You stepped into my life from a bad dream
Making the life that I had seem suddenly shiny and new
Oh Jeannie, I'm so in love with you

You stepped into my life from a bad dream
Making the life that I had seem suddenly shiny and new
Oh Jeannie, I'm so in love with you

You stepped into my life from a bad dream
Making the life that I had seem suddenly shiny and new
Oh Jeannie, I'm so in love with you


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"Little Jeannie" as written by Gary Anthony Osborne Elton John

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  • +3
    General Commentgreat song and elton john rules.
    minervoon June 02, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo comments on this song? That's a pity. It's definitely my favorite Elton John song. The last part ("You stepped into my life from a bad dream / Making the life that I had seem / Suddenly shiny and new") really speaks to me. Beautiful song.
    DoubtFullon July 14, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI see it as a man who knows a woman who's gone through a litany of bad relationships, guys taking advantage of her and making her a fool. The protagonist has always loved her but she had a thing for these bad guys. Finally she realizes that the protagonist of the song is someone who will treat her right and comes to him.

    This causes extreme happiness for the protagonist and makes his life suddenly shiny and new.

    Just guessing at the acrobat reference. He wants her to take a chance like a circus performer doing something dangerous without a net.
    SteelyDanon January 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter 3 years later----i agree with jwo. This is a great song, and the beat!
    IsaacPoweron April 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's like "Tiny Dancer". A 'woman' he is love with. Not sure about the "acrobat" part...ok well
    I can use my imagination but let's say it doesn't mean that. K? K.
    One of his best songs as far as I am concerned.
    Thia007on November 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe acrobat part of the song could mean to be an entertainer, a person who amuses you.. it's almost like saying "you're my star" or something.. that's how I felt. Because, beyond being just a lover, as he mentions in the following line, she's this person who makes him smile, who amuses him, who surprises him.. kind of like when people say that they'd like to have some one to love, but also that this person makes them laugh or something.. I don't know if it's too far fetched, but that's how I always felt about this line..
    Juliagaibuon June 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs. I'm sure the acrobat reference refers to sex. Elton John and his writer may not admit it but it says I want you to be my acrobat, I want you to be my lover. I could be wrong, but you know I'm not.as monk would say. If you don't want to be dirty then when you hear it you could just cover your ears or and eyes and make believe that he really didn't say that,
    Tanthemanon June 24, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBasically this is the common tale, about a good guy who is in love with a woman, who has a thing for bad guys, probably he's her best friend, therefore he knew all the sorrow that she has for these bad relationships, but this will never change, since she needs to find out what is wrong with her, and this is, a low self esteem, that's why she can stand abuse and humillation.
    The last part of the song, is almost like a prayer, he wants that she understand, what is wrong and change it, but this will never gonna happen. The whole song is claim, a wish, saddly love can't change people, they need to change by themselves.
    The song also has a hint about ages, little jeannie probably is a young woman around 20 years, the guy probably is an older guy 30 or 40 years old, someone who knows that Jeannie wants to be in love, but she can't even love herself, that's why he can't be with her, he wants a change on her perspective.

    And I want you to be my acrobat
    (Its a claim about trusting each other, like acrobats in the circus, she can't fully trust on him, that's why they can't perfom the act of love),
    zapping102on September 24, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just dont understand the.. want you to be my acrobat line... i dont wanna know what goes on in that bed haha
    Greghereon September 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlmost three years later --- I agree with DoubtFull. This was the first Elton John song I liked and it remains my favorite.
    JWOon April 23, 2009   Link

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