"Sixty Years On" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
Who'll walk me down to church when I'm sixty years of age
When the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the grave
And senorita play guitar, play it just for you
My rosary has broken and my beads have all slipped through

You've hung up your great coat and you've laid down your gun
You know the war you fought in wasn't too much fun
And the future you're giving me holds nothing for a gun
I've no wish to be living sixty years on

Yes I'll sit with you and talk let your eyes relive again
I know my vintage prayers would be very much the same
And Magdelena plays the organ, plays it just for you
Your choral lamp that burns so low when you are passing through

And the future you're giving me holds nothing for a gun
I've no wish to be living sixty years on


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"Sixty Years On" as written by Elton John Bernie Taupin

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    My InterpretationWhile all interpretations are subjective, and unique to the reactionary; I see this song as a sort of "Rage against the dying of the Light" as viewed through the eyes of a son. Not so much as a rage, as a whimper.

    The constant references to church and faith I am still working out in my mind, but to an aging man of action, what future does the encroachment of age and infirmity hold? Perhaps the Christian Ideals that he once held dear and taught to his son hold no credence in the fact of a life of a soldier.

    However the rosaries and Magdalene sing to the sound of a different tenet. The (lack of oil in the) choral lamp may refer to the loss of the joy of life that unity brings. More of a recounting of the feats? The son has lost all faith. Very sad. VERY sad.
    Ellynlvxon August 22, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI like this song quite a bit actually and i'm a huge Elton John fan. But I don't have a clue what it means.
    I just couldn't tell you. great sonhg. I love it! especially live it's awesome!
    Maddy999on August 24, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm not entirely sure but it seems like the subject is reflecting on his age and being taken over by a younger generation who's ideas he can't make sense of, is afraid that he will be forgotten and neglected.
    I beleive that the lyrics in the line "You've hung up your great coat and you've laid down your gun" are actually "You've hung up your RED coat..." Which would make more sense if Elton was comparing the younger generation to the brittish mercenaries/soldiers, who were ordered to take foreign land ruthlessly and impose their own culture where it was not needed.
    Perhaps he is even getting at the fact that despide their generational differences, they're one and the same. "Yes I'll sit with you and talk let your eyes relive again/ I know my vintage prayers would be very much the same"

    Just my interpretation.
    Wikisauruson February 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIf the narrator will be sixty years of age in sixty years' time, how old does that make him? The idea that this is the bitter prophecy of an infant's soul is strange and haunting.
    NellieWhiskeyon June 30, 2010   Link

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