Island Girl

Album: Rock Of The Westies (1975)
Charted: 14 1
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  • I see your teeth flash, Jamaican honey so sweet
    Down where Lexington cross 47th Street
    Oh she's a big girl, she's standing six-foot three
    Turning tricks for the dudes in the big city

    Island girl
    What you wanting with the white man's world?
    Island girl
    Black boy want you in his island world

    He want to take you from the racket boss
    He want to save you, but the cause is lost
    Island girl, island girl, island girl
    Tell me what you wanting with the white man's world

    Well she's black as coal, but she burn like a fire
    And she wrap herself around you like a well-worn tire
    You feel her nail scratch your back just like a rake, oh oh
    He one more gone, he one more John who make the mistake

    Island girl
    What you wanting with the white man's world?
    Island girl
    Black boy want you in his island world

    He want to take you from the racket boss
    He want to save you, but the cause is lost
    Island girl, island girl, island girl
    Tell me what you wanting with the white man's world

    Island girl
    What you wanting with the white man's world?
    Island girl
    Black boy want you in his island world

    He want to take you from the racket boss
    He want to save you, but the cause is lost
    Island girl, island girl, island girl
    Tell me what you wanting with the white man's
    Tell me what you wanting with the white man's
    Tell me what you wanting with the white man's Writer/s: BERNIE TAUPIN, ELTON JOHN
    Publisher: Royalty Network, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 20

  • Anonymous'This hit No. 1, as noted, but in hindsight, it's pretty weak, if not downright foolish.'
    This song, in my opinion, with its electric guitar and counterpoint piano is much stronger than the campy and ridiculous 'Grow Some Funk Of Your Own' (and anything Elton sang after he had his nodules cut off) where the Mexican is threatening to kill the dreamer and all he can think is: 'Oh, he was so macho.'
  • Eab from Troy, OhThe lyrics actually are "He wants to take you, from the racket boss (aka pimp), he wants to save you, but the cause is lost."
  • La Zalewski from Pittsburgh, PaMore unintelligible Elton words - "she wants to take you from a wrecking bop, she wants to save you from a soda schloss..."??

    Not sure what a soda schloss is/was. Anyway, not one of my favorite Elton tunes.
  • No Spic Inglish from Wish I Was Back In The 70’s NycEnglish spoken in England. English slang spoken in U.S. in the continent of America
  • Lora from TnShe’s a big ole girl standing 6 foot 3 sounds like a dude to me IJS lol
  • Barrett from West Coast Of The U.s.adont listen to Cathy from omaha. I grew up in omaha, and most of the people there are deeply disturbed and weird people. Notice how she tries to pivot the conversation from rascism to feminism and sexism.
  • Bartist from NeptuniaCathy from Omaha. What the hell? It's a song about a thought or experience, perception. The meaning of the song could only be described by Elton or Ber. This is art. I'm a feminist too. We have a long way to go if this offended you. Most art isn't first person. When you watch a movie do you think its something that really happened or the writer had an agenda and ill will. They are people with good intentions your own thoughts and experiences can make it seem evil.
  • K. from NycThe song is about the "black boy" not the Jamaican girl. It is a recitation of his thoughts and his desire to save the girl from exploitation and degradation. He fails, and he is one more john who makes a mistake in thinking he can save her.
  • Nina H from Nyc NyYou all got it wrong...just like "one more john who made the mistake...bang-bang!"
    'Island girl' was not about a 'girl' at all...it was about some of the prostitutes that hung out by the westside hwy back in the 70s - 80s nyc. Its very amusing. New York City as I knew it growing up.
  • Gregpry Mckinney from Glendale Ca UsaCan you imagine anything this explosive and imaginative on the boards today? This track can barely contain itself. Truly Elton's most fabulous hit of all time.
  • James from Greater Vancouver, BcRacist?.....ya.....if you're deeply "PC." But didn't we leave PC behind with the 80's fer Krist'sake? This is one damn fine funky song, the imagery as colorful as ever in Bernie's lyric, even lurid. But so was "Dirtly Little Girl" from "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." I didn't hear any PC calls of "racism" on that release. FERGET ABOUT IT! It's just a fun song!
  • Cathy from Omaha, NeAs a feminist, this song offends me. It's degrading to women. It's both sexist & racist. White men do not own the world. She's welcomed any place she wants to be; and she has more potential than just prostitution; if she was given the chance.
  • Gerry from Houston, TxSounds strange, but this song makes me miss W.T. Grant/GRANTS/Grant City and Woolco stores.
  • Rick from Belfast, MeThis song was at the top of the charts when I reported to my first Marine Corps duty station after boot camp....Camp Lejeune,N.C.....in Sept 1975.....was a monster hit.....
  • Paul from Marysville, WaTo me, Island Girl is the last great Elton John single from his heyday. He's had many monster hits since-- but after Island Girl he had a huge dry spell. Except of course for "Don't Go breaking My Heart" which went to Number One. But to me, that wasn't a great song.
  • Kevin from Reading , PaIn 1975 Elton could do virtually no wrong, but as the year wore on, the strain started to show. This hit No. 1, as noted, but in hindsight, it's pretty weak, if not downright foolish.
  • Kent from Toronto, CanadaTo add to Patrick's comment about "Grow Some Funk Of Your Own" also placing in the US charts: as this was a double A-side single, "I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)" being the other side, "Island Girl" might be considered only one of three hits from the album.
  • Darrell from EugeneAccording to my girlfriend, this song is Elton's only racist-sounding single, and the title applies to her since she was born in Hawaii and lived there until she was 11 years old.
  • Carlos from Brooklyn, NySong is about a tall Jamaican prostitute.
  • Patrick from Wevelgem, BelgiumSorry to contradict, but the second single "Grow Some Funk of Your Own" made it to number 14 in the American Billboard Hot 100.
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