In this song, Elton speaks to people who seem to want him to be something he isn't. It's possible that the lyrics find Elton fearing what the public would think if they found out that he was gay.
Suggestion credit: Dave - New Orleans, LA
On the BBC TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test, Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin said this song is about all the critics he and Bernie thought were nasty people who only had nasty things to say about their work. This interview was conducted in the early '70s before Elton came out as gay.
AnonymousElton doesn’t write the lyrics, Bernie Taupin does.
AnonymousRight on, Tom from Bath MI. Bernie wrote the lyrics by himself and Elton put music to them.
Tom from Bath MiI listened to this song for the first time in 2020. The lyrics seemed right away to track with Dave's first comment. However, when the songwriters explain what they were thinking about when they wrote the song, I'll go with them.