This is one of the more scathing attacks on the music industry that you're likely to hear. Both Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin were on board with the concept that record executives were "vultures," "dogs" and "vampires." Much of the Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
found John and Taupin dealing with the fallout from their fame while dutifully delivering a hit single: "Philadelphia Freedom
." Elton explained that their beef was with record executives who wanted to profit from their success, but didn't want to make any effort to help them get there. He gave an example of executives who would show up at ceremonies and present Gold Records, but had no interest in the music.