"Tiny Dancer" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad

Piano man he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on she sings the songs
The words she knows, the tune she hums

But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

But oh how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today

Hold me closer tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today


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"Tiny Dancer" as written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin

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  • +5
    General CommentSorry, but you guys are all wrong. Bernie writes the lyrics and Elton writes the melodies. Bernie wrote this song about his wife, Maxine. She was a roadie like Penny Lane in "Almost Famous". That's why the song was so fitting for that movie.
    kangaroofeet4on August 25, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGuess you didn't bother to read our terms? Huh... This site is a community... People come and contribute, it's not our job to give you the meanings... Also, we had some Database glitch some months ago and 6k comments got deleted... This lyric might have had some comments to it. Sorry.

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    Idanon March 12, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentElton John's long time songwriting partner Bernie Taupin wrote this song about his then wife. "Your Song" is also about her.
    atari-caiton June 13, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"Tiny Dancer" is a sexual fantasy. The narrator loves TD, but she is not his girlfriend or wife, as the narrator refers to the music man and the piano man in 3rd person, not 1st person. The narrator loves TD for two reasons: first, he loves her because she is a "ballerina," not literally, but metaphorically in the sense that she loves life and lives naturally and effortlessly, with no trace of awkwardness or worry. second, he loves her because she is a pagan, not burdened by the onerous demands of Jesus freaks or other religious zealots. The narrator's love for TD is more intense due to the fact that he feels inferior to her and therefore cannot really possess her (probably the narrator is awkward, worried, and burdened by life and religion). Thus the only way to possess TD is through fantasy. "And now she's in me, always with me" means that he has grabbed hold of her spirit, but not her body. When the narrator says, "but oh how it feels so real, lying here with no one near, only you," the implication is that it is not real, and she is not really lying there. TD is the narrator's ideal, but their relationship in consummated in masturbation.

    Be careful to explain meanings of songs by reference to real life events. Journalism is the means of communicating real life events whereas art is the means of communicating the artist's own reality according to his values. A real life event may trigger the making of art, but that does not mean the event is the art itself, far from it. The art is contained in the actual words, nothing more and nothing less.
    mark2marieon July 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti LOVE this song... i always wonderd who it was about... but elton has had many torrid love affairs sooo u never know... i once heard it was about Madeline Bell, one of his back-up singers... but that wasn't from a very reliable sorce, then again the only reliable source would be Elton himself.
    tiny_danceron May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the first 4 lines, I think that Elton John is describing a woman that he loved, and like 'tiny dancer' said, a back-up singer, or something along the lines of that. Then, in the second 4 lines, I think that he is describing perhaps a car accident that occured, hence; "Jesus freaks out in the street
    Handing tickets out for God
    Turning back she just laughs
    The boulevard is not that bad" and a lost life, maybe the woman that he loved.
    Then, in the third 4 lines, he is describing a concert of somesort where he plays a song that he just wrote for his lost love.
    I think that the relevance of the "tiny dancer" is perhaps a memory of this lost love, who died due to the car accident.
    In the chorus, he says; "Hold me closer tiny dancer" which I think represents the feelings that he still feels for this lost love. And, "Count the headlights on the highway" represents the car accident. And, "Lay me down in sheets of linen" represents the death of this loved one.
    This was just my first impression upon listening to the song...but what a song it is.
    toaston June 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow intresting song meaning... to bad its wrong..Elton John never has writter lyrics for his songs... Bernie Taupin might have been talking about a woman...songmeaning.net should really credit poor old Bernie
    APlainMorningon July 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"hold me closer tony danza"
    anyone else got any mis heard lyrics?

    eldermcguiganon August 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG !!! I think this song deals with a Fan who lives for the music & she's the only one who can understand the singer. So she became the singer's inspiration, she became his muse.
    comfortably_numb1on June 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow. what a wonderful song. i just love the part
    "But oh how it feels so real
    Lying here with no one near
    Only you and you can hear me
    When I say softly, slowly"
    elton john's melodies are so amazing. i'm learning how to play piano. i would love to be able to write songs like this.
    nelia_slye_on August 19, 2005   Link

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