Elton John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin, stumped a lot of listeners with this song. While Taupin has sensible explanations for the "Tiny Dancer
" and "Levon
," the wise Grey Seal is a bit of a mystery, even to him. Taupin has said that it's one of the songs he wrote with lyrics he never really understood, but somehow work. As for Elton, the song is one of his favorites, as he loves the way the music matches up to the lyrics. In the tradition of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale
," the lyrics form a series of images that are open to translation. Elton called it "Procol Harum-ish absurd, like a Dali painting."