Where To Now St. Peter?

Album: Tumbleweed Connection (1970)
  • This song is about the death of a soldier who is passing over to the other side. The conflict in which he died is not specified but in view of the theme of the album, it is likely that lyricist Bernie Taupin was thinking about the American Civil War. The song is similar to Wilfred Owen's World War One poem Strange Meeting, in which a soldier meets the man who killed him on the battlefield. >>
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    Alexander Baron - London, England

Comments: 4

  • Kevin from Torrance, CaIt's too bad that the only songs that mean much of anything are 40 something years old, at a time when as Robert Plant put it, "the music industry had a conscience". There are still a few gems around that show up once in a while, but the pickings are extremely slim. Unless someone can steer me in the direction of anything new going on with much substance?


  • Angela from San Diego, CaNooo! Gotta add the best words, from verse two: Dirty was the day break/ Sudden was the change / in such a silent place as this / beyond the rifle range !!! It's the Merlin reference that caused Lyron to latch onto this song for me to learn for Integr8d Soul Rocket, Man.
  • Angela from San Diego, CaThe bootlegs of the Elton John band playing this around '82 are well worth hearing; Davey Johnstone fires up some blistering guitar licks in a mostly-instrumental reprise of verse two. Caleb Quaye's still Elton's guitarist on Tumbleweed, though. Definitely one of my favorites!
  • Kevin from Reading , PaThe song has a really cool backward guitar sound on it. One of several standout album tracks on "Tumbleweed."
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