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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  • +9
    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
  • +6
    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 23, 2010   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"hold me closer tony danza"
    anyone else got any mis heard lyrics?

    eldermcguiganon August 21, 2002   Link
  • +3
    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
  • +2
    General CommentFYI:
    The lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin, John's writing partner. They were inspired by Taupin's first trip to America. John and Taupin are from England, and this was the first album they wrote after spending time in the US.
    The "Blue jean baby, LA Lady, seamstress for the band" is Maxine Feibelmann, Bernie Taupin's girlfriend. She traveled with the band on their early tours, often sewing together the costumes and fixing their clothes. She and Taupin were wed in 1971.
    This album was much more heavily-produced than Elton's first 4. It was one of his first songs with a lush string section arranged by Paul Buckmaster, who arranged the stings on many of Elton's albums as well as songs by The Rolling Stones, Train, and Leonard Cohen. Ron Cornelius, who played guitar on Cohen's album Songs Of Love And Hate, told us: "Buckmaster is a wonderful string arranger, he's just one of these guys who can make an orchestra talk. In other words, if the strings aren't saying something, it ain't on the record."
    Rick Wakeman, who later joined the group Yes.
    This was featured in the 2000 movie Almost Famous. It is used in a scene where the band is mad at each other, but remembers why they love music when they all start singing this on their tour bus.
    When Tony Danza hosted the ESPY Awards on ESPN, Chris Berman gave him the nickname Tony "Tiny" Danza. He hated it. On the show, he claimed he wanted the nickname Tony "Extrava" Danza.
    Elton performed this as a duet with Tim McGraw to open the 2002 American Music Awards. McGraw was named Favorite Male Country Artist, but left before he could accept the award.
    suedonym12on April 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    MemoryThis song will always get me.
    I honestly have no idea what it's actually about. I don't know about the reason it was written or the message behind the lyrics. AllI know is that this song will always mean the world to me.

    I'm a dancer. I am a dreamer, a writer, a learner. I am going to college and studying, trying hard to make a future for myself.
    My boyfriend, on the other hand, sings and plays guitar. He tries hard to make a living off of his music, him and the band.
    Everyone says that I'm too good for him, because I have so much to offer and so much ahead of me, and he's just some boy that could never make it to the college and work, adult world.
    We stopped caring, though. We stopped caring about what people had to say.
    This song always reminds me of one night...

    It was after my dance recital, he picked me up and we were driving home (It was a pretty long ride) at night, down the highway. We were completely silent, because I was so exhausted. He just stared at me like he couldn't be any prouder.
    We're both a little bit... well, completely obsessed with "oldies" music.
    This song came on the radio, and we just started singing it with the top down, riding down the highway.
    People looked at us like we were insane, but that didn't really matter.
    He would sing most of it, and then we'd both scream the chorus.
    It was perfect.
    thekidsarealrightx407on June 26, 2011   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 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

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