Roy Rogers

Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
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  • Sometimes you dream, sometimes it seems
    There's nothing there at all
    You just seem older than yesterday
    And you're waiting for tomorrow to call

    You draw to the curtains and one thing's for certain
    You're cozy in your little room
    The carpet's all paid for, God bless the TV
    Let's go shoot a hole in the moon

    Oh, and Roy Rogers is riding tonight
    Returning to our silver screens
    Comic book characters never grow old
    Evergreen heroes whose stories were told
    Oh the great sequin cowboy who sings of the plains
    Of roundups and rustlers and home on the range
    Turn on the TV, shut out the lights
    Roy Rogers is riding tonight

    Nine o'clock mornings, five o'clock evenings
    I'd liven the pace if I could
    Oh I'd rather have a ham in my sandwich than cheese
    But complaining wouldn't do any good

    Lay back in my armchair, close eyes and think clear
    I can hear hoof beats ahead
    Roy and Trigger have just hit the hilltop
    While the wife and the kids are in bed

    Oh, and Roy Rogers is riding tonight
    Returning to our silver screens
    Comic book characters never grow old
    Evergreen heroes whose stories were told
    Oh the great sequin cowboy who sings of the plains
    Of roundups and rustlers and home on the range
    Turn on the TV, shut out the lights
    Roy Rogers is riding tonight Writer/s: BERNIE TAUPIN, ELTON JOHN
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Max Meadows from Fort MyersI've always believed that the song's protagonist is an unemployed middle-aged family man who has retreated into the fantasy world after having no luck finding another job. Roy Rogers just happened to be the show he's glommed onto; millions have done the same with Star Trek, Star Wars, The Matrix, to name a few.
  • Mitch Bettinger from Englewood OhioEver since getting the Yellow Brick Road album for Christmas when it first came out and I was yet a very young man I have loved the song Roy Rogers. It immediately captures every aspect of my being throughout the entire song. Even today a half century later it still pops into my head every now and then and I catch myself singing it to myself until it escapes my mind again. Great song and metaphor.
  • Scotty from Cheyenne, WyLove this song...the image of quiet solace at the end of the day just causes me to take a deep breath and relax...any time. Thanks, Elton, Bernie.
  • Mike from Houston, TxFor those of us....(no matter what age or place of birth) who "love" the old westerns (meaning the kind where there is an obvious good guy..etc)...The images evoked in this song....are images of our own life. We might come home from a hard day...or not....but when we tune in Roy and Trigger...we are in for ..solace?.....rejuvination?.....The outside world which mostly stinks.....is for about an hour ....relegated to a back seat. We see how a good man....who lives with his own code of honor...a code his own, yet instantly recognizable to anyone...lives and deals with this old world...full of evil....But with his trusty friends.....his trusty horse...and his gal....comes out shining at the end of the story. Exactly what so many of us...would aspire to. The lyric images of setting the scene in our own space....for watching the story unfold....is ....accurate?....It feels right. And as the scenes float by in front our eyes....we get a transfusion......the dirty in us....is decreased while our goodness is replenished.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyBernie Taupin was, indeed, a big fan of American Western movies and TV shows as a kid. His family called him "The brown dirt cowboy". The nickname stuck, and Elton included it on one of his album titles ("Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy").
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