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Tiny Dancer by Elton John

Updated on May 16, 2013

Elton John Tiny Dancer Lyrics

Tiny Dancer is one of Elton John's most catchy and memorable hit songs, memorable in fact for much more than being a classic Elton John song.

This song was a popular choice for a number of contestants in various seasons of American Idol, and is also notorious for some people having thought that the lyrics were actually "Hold Me Closer Tony Danza" not "Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer".

Since his rise to fame with early hits like Rocket Man and Your Song, Elton John has released many now classic albums and much loved hits.

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Tiny Dancer Lyrics

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band

Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man

Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand

And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

Jesus freaks out in the street

Handing tickets out for God

Turning back she just laughs

The boulevard is not that bad

Piano man he makes his stand

In the auditorium

Looking on she sings the songs

The words she knows, the tune she hums

But oh how it feels so real

Lying here with no one near

Only you and you can hear me

When I say softly, slowly

Hold me closer tiny dancer

Count the headlights on the highway

Lay me down in sheets of linen

you had a busy day today

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band

Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man

Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand

And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

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The Story Behind Elton John's Tiny Dancer

The lyrics to Tiny Dancer were written by Bernie Taupin, who wrote many of Elton John's best loved songs including "Rocket Man", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Honky Cat", "Tiny Dancer", "Candle in the Wind" to name just a handful.

Bernie wrote the song during the first concert tour that he and Elton did in the USA. Maxine Feibelmann travelled with the band on this and other early tours, and did in fact act as "seamstress to the band", sewing costumes, and became Bernie's wife in 1971 (they divorced in 1976). Although the song is generally attributed to Maxine, Bernie claims that the lyrics sum up the whole California feeling of the time:

"We came to California in the fall of 1970, and sunshine radiated from the populace. I was trying to capture the spirit of that time, encapsulated by the women we met - especially at the clothes stores up and down the Strip in L.A. They were free spirits, sexy in hip-huggers and lacy blouses, and very ethereal, the way they moved. So different from what I'd been used to in England. And they all wanted to sew patches on your jeans. They'd mother you and sleep with you - it was the perfect Oedipal complex."

You can find more trivia about this classic song from Elton John at Songfacts.

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      Lynne Schroeder 5 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Tiny Dancer is one of my favourite Elton John songs

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Love everything Elton John does but Tiny Dancer was a cool song.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      I love that so many people thought this song was about Tony Danza... that cracks me up!!

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Dave Grohl singing Tiny Dancer always cracked me up. I love a guy with a sense of humor.