"Levon" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
Levon wears his war wound like a crown
He calls his child Jesus 'cause he likes the name
And he sends him to the finest school in town

Levon, Levon likes his money
He makes a lot they say
Spends his days counting
In a garage by the motorway

He was born a pauper
To a pawn on a Christmas day
When the New York Times
Said God is dead and the war's begun
Alvin Tostig has a son today

And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
And he shall be Levon
In tradition with the family plan
And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
He shall be Levon

Levon's sells cartoon balloons in town
His family business thrives
Jesus blows up balloons all day
Sits on the porch swing watching them fly
And Jesus, he wants to go to Venus
Leave Levon far behind
Take a balloon and go sailing,
While Levon, Levon slowly dies

He was born a pauper
To a pawn on a Christmas day
When the New York Times
Said God is dead and the war's begun
Alvin Tostig has a son today

And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
And he shall be Levon
In tradition with the family plan, woo
And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
He shall be Levon

And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
And he shall be Levon
In tradition with the family plan, woo
And he shall be Levon
And he shall be a good man
He shall be Levon


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"Levon" as written by Bernie Taupin Bernard J.p. Taupin

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    General CommentWe are introduced to a man named Levon who has a kid named Jesus. He named him this because he liked the name, simply meaning he was a Christian man. He expresses his love through money by sending him to private schools. Levon is a greedy man we come to find out.

    Levon was born a poor man, a pauper, to a pawn, someone who was very weak and lacked power. He was born in WWI since this is when the Times cover that said "God is Dead" was released. The Times article was using Nietzsche's quote for the cover. Then we find out that Levon's father was named Alvin Tostig.

    Alvin named him Levon and instilled in him good traditional values that made him a family man. This turned out to be the thing that made him greedy and caused Jesus' resentment and desire to leave.

    We find out that Levon's successful business is selling cartoon balloons, a rather ridiculous business for a ridiculous man. Jesus helps because he has been raised to be a family man, something we come to find out he doesnt want at all. Jesus just wants to take one of these balloons and go sailing away from his greedy and traditional father, leaving him to die alone.
    ranceyoungon April 30, 2009   Link

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