I've Seen The Saucers

  • This slightly mysterious track appears to have been inspired by lyricist Bernie Taupin's fascination with science fiction. In fact while it is most definitely fiction, the inspiration for this song has little or nothing to do with science.

    George Adamski (1891-1965) was one of the original "contactees"; he wrote a series of books: Flying Saucers Have Landed (with Desmond Leslie); Inside The Spaceships and Flying Saucers Farewell in which he described his encounters with aliens who in addition to speaking flawless English took him for jaunts around the Solar System. His lies were not confined to tall stories about outer space; they even extended to a secret meeting with the Pope, a claim that is peddled by the Adamski Foundation to this day.

    Like most of the other contactees, his claims were so outrageous that many people believed that old maxim "You couldn't make it up". Sadly, he did. Having said that, if he and they hadn't, Bernie and Elton would probably never have written this song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketSongwriter Interviews

The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.

Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music SceneSong Writing

With $50 and a glue stick, Bruce Pavitt created Sub Pop, a fanzine-turned-label that gave the world Nirvana and grunge. He explains how motivated individuals can shift culture.

Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)Songwriter Interviews

Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.

Weird Al YankovicFact or Fiction

Did Al play on a Beach Boys record? Did he have beef with George Lucas and Coolio? See if you can spot weird but true stories.

Timothy B. Schmit of the EaglesSongwriter Interviews

Did this Eagle come up with the term "Parrothead"? And what is it like playing "Hotel California" for the gazillionth time?