Jack Rabbit

Album: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player (reissue) (1973)

Songfacts®:

  • When "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" was released on June 29, 1973 (from the forthcoming Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album), it included two previously unreleased tracks from an earlier session on the B-side. Both were written by the then-established team of John/Taupin. The first, "Jack Rabbit", was undoubtedly inspired by country boy Bernie's upbringing. Born on a farm near Sleaford, Lincolnshire, but for his serendipitous partnership with Elton, he might have ended up managing a chicken farm.
  • Running to a mere 1 minute 49 seconds, "Jack Rabbit" was produced by Gus Dudgeon - like the rest of the Don't Shoot Me... sessions - but did not make it onto the album although it was included on the 1995 Mercury and 1996 Rocket reissues. The only question to be answered about this song is did the rabbit evade the farmer only to be bagged by "The Lincolnshire Poacher"!? >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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