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This is a look into the gay lifestyle of England through the eyes and lyrics of Bernie Taupin, Elton's songwriting partner. He made up the tragic story of a young lesbian who died in the streets.
This song marked the first time Elton sang about a gay character, although it had nothing to do with him personally. The first time he sung from the perspective of a gay man was in 1981 on his track "Elton's Song," which had lyrics by Tom Robinson - a gay man.
Many Album Oriented Rock (AOR) stations added this track to their playlists, as it fit the format's criteria of less-popular songs by famous artists. One theory posited by some radio folks who had plenty of time to ponder this song over smoke breaks was that it had something to do with Alice Cooper - that perhaps it was based on the shock rocker's female fans. Cooper was an acquaintance of Elton, and Bernie Taupin would later write lyrics for Alice's 1978 album From the Inside. We haven't found any hard evidence that Cooper was an inspiration for this song, however.
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