Elton JOHN

Captain Fantastic & Brown Dirt Cowboy


1. Captain Fantastic & Brown Dirt Cowboy 5'46
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
2. Tower Of Babel 4'28
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
3. Bitter Fingers 4'34
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
4. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows 4'21
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
5. Someone Saved My Life Tonight 6'45
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
6. (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket 4'01
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
7. Better Off Dead 2'37
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
8. Writing 3'41
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
9. We All Fall In Love Sometimes 4'16
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.
10. Curtains 6'31
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)
1975 by BIG PIG MUSIC, Lrd.

Bonus Tracks

11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 6'18
(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
12. One Day (At A Time) 3'49
(John Lennon)
13. Philadelphia Freedom 5'24
(Elton John / Bernie Taupin)

Total Time: 62:31

  • Elton John - Piano (2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10), Acoustic Piano (1, 5), Electric Piano (1, 4, 5, 8), Clavinet (4, 6), Harmonies (7, 8), Mellotron (9, 10), ARP String Ensemble Synthesizer (5), (Lum-De-Lums) (10), Harpsichord (9, 10), Vocals (1-10)
  • Davey Johnstone - Acoustic Guitar (1, 5-10), Electric Guitar (1-4, 6, 9, 10), Leslie Guitars (5), Mandolin (1), Synthesizer, Piano (8), Backing Vocals (3, 5-10)
  • Dave Hentschel - ARP Synthesizer (9, 10)
  • Dee Murray - Bass (1-10), Backing Vocals (3, 5-10)
  • Nigel Olsson - Drums (1-10), Backing Vocals (3, 5-10)
  • Ray Cooper - Percussion, Bongos (8), Congas (1, 3, 4, 9, 10), Cymbal (5), Gong (1), Tambourine (1-6, 9, 10), Triangle (7, 8), Bells (3, 9, 10), Shaker (1, 5, 8), Jawbone (1), Belltree (3, 5)
  • Gene Page - Orchestral Arrangement (4)

    Gus Dudgeon - Producer
    Phil Dunne - Producer
    Jeff Guercio - Engineer
    Mark Guercio - Assistant Engineer
    John Tobler - Liner Notes
    Remixed by Jeff Guercio and Phil Dunne
    Graphics Concept & Art Direction by David Larkham & Bernie Taupin
    Album Cover Design and Illustration by Alan Aldridge / Harry Willock
    with Lettering help from Geoff Halpin at
    Inner-Sleeve Colour Photography by Terry O'Neill
    Package Design by David Larkham & Friends

    Thanks Again To James William Guercio, all the girls in the mess hall, Frank Lee, Bot the Tuner, Bot the Carpenter, and all these who helped and not forgetting Dick, Stephen, DJM RECORDS and the folks at MCA

    Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson appear by Courtesy of ROCKET RECORDS COMPANY
    Nigel Olsson also appear by courtesy of

    All Selections Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
    and Published by

    1975 THIS RECORD Co. Ltd.

    Dogs In The Kitchen

      "All our innocence gave way to lust
      As the peacock spreads its fan,
      And they taught us how to crack the whip
      While the businessmen got tanned.

      In the months that passed by the agents cried
      And the flunkeys all got paid,
      While the fortune seekers pale limp wrists
      Showered us with bright bouquets.

      Like soldiers on the road to battle
      Poor boys fight to stay alive,
      Take a roller coaster or the wheel of fortune
      Just be sure that you can land it on the other side.

      Uncage us where restless, snarled the dogs in the kitchen.
      Howling in the heatwave, riding all the bitchin' ladies.
      Who got the first bite on the greasy bone, take my advice kid
      Tear off the white meat, leave them the fat back at home.

      Empty eyed souls with expense accounts
      Take a luncheon eating humble pie.
      While the vultures belch in their swivel chairs
      And the vampires all wear ties.

      From the lips of a sweet young starlet
      Amber eyes and sex appeal,
      Or a swan song sung by some finger snapping kid
      In a cumberbund and cuban heels.

      Though the team survived the glass house cracked
      And the martyrs all got stoned
      But a friend outside slipped a file in
      While the jailer slpet at home".

    1. Captain Fantastic & Brown Dirt Cowboy

      Captain Fantastic raised and regimented
      Hardly a hero
      Just someone his mother might know
      Very clearly a case for corn flakes and classics
      Two teas both with sugar please
      In the back of an alley
      While little Dirt Cowboys turned brown in their saddles
      Sweet chocolate biscuits
      And red rosy apples in summer
      For it's hay make
      And Hey mom, do the papers say anything good.
      Are there chances in life for little Dirt Cowboys
      Should I make my way out of my home in the woods

      Brown Dirt Cowboy
      Still green and growing
      City slick Captain
      Fantastic the feedback
      The honey the hive could be holding
      For there's weak winged young sparrows
      That starve in the winter
      Broken young children
      On the wheels of the winners
      And the sixty-eight summer festival wallflowers
      Are thinning

      For cheap easy meals
      And hardly a home on the range
      Too hot for the band
      With a desperate desire for change
      We've thrown in the towel too many times
      Out for the count and when we're down
      Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
      From the end of the world to your town

      And all this talk of Jesus
      Coming back to see us
      Couldn't fool us
      For we were spinning out our lines
      Walking on the wire
      Hand in hand went music and the rhyme
      The Captain and the Kid
      Stepping in the ring
      From here on sonny sonny sonny
      It's a long and lonely climb

    2. Tower Of Babel

      And ivory young towers
      Someone called us Babylon
      Those hungry hunters
      Tracking down the hours
      But where were all your shoulders when we cried
      Were the darlings on the sideline
      Dreaming up such cherished lies
      To whisper in your ear before you die

      It's party time for the guys in the tower of Babel
      Sodom meet Gomorrah
      Cain meet Abel
      Have a ball y'all
      See the letches crawl
      With the call girls under the table
      Watch them dig their graves
      'Cause Jesus don't save the guys
      In the tower of Babel

      Watch them dig their graves
      'Cause Jesus don't save the guys
      In the tower of Babel, no no no

      This closet's always stacked
      The dealers in the basement
      Filling your prescription
      For a brand new heart attack

      But where were all your shoulders when we cried
      Were the doctors in attendance
      Saying how they felt so sick inside
      Or was it just the scalpel blade that lied

    3. Bitter Fingers

      I'm going on the circuit
      I'm doing all the clubs
      And I really need a song boys
      To stir those workers up
      And get their wives to sing it with me
      Just like in the pubs
      When I worked the good old pubs in Stepney

      Oh could you knock a line or two
      Together for a friend
      Sentimental tear inducing with a happy end
      And we need a tune to open our season at Southend
      Can you help us?

      It's hard to write a song with bitter fingers
      So much to prove so few to tell you why
      Those old die-hards in Denmark Street start laughing
      At the keyboard player's hollow haunted eyes
      It seems to me a change is really needed
      I'm sick of tra la las and la de das
      No more long days hacking hunks of garbage
      Bitter fingers never swung on swinging stars, swinging stars

      I like the warm blue flame
      The hazy heat it brings
      It loosens up the muscles
      And forces you to sing
      You know it's just another hit and run
      From the tin pan alley twins

      And There's a chance that one day
      You might write a standard lads
      So churn them out quick and fast
      And we'll still pat your backs
      'Cause we need what we can get
      To launch another dozen acts
      Are you working

    4. Tell Me When The Whistle Blows

      There's a dusty old gutter he's lying in now
      He's blind and he's old
      And there's a bottle that rolls down the road
      Me I'm young and I'm so wild
      And I still feel the need
      Of your apron strings once in a while
      For there's taxi cabs hooting
      But I can't be foot-loose forever
      My suitcase it's a cheap one
      My darling she's a dear one
      My head's feeling light as a feather

      Take my ears and tell me when the whistle blows
      Wake me up and tell me when the whistle blows
      Long lost and lonely boy
      you're just a black sheep going home
      I want to feel your wheels of steel
      Underneath my itching heels
      Take my money
      Tell me when the whistle blows

      Part of me asked the young man for the time
      With a cool vacant stare of undue concern
      He said nine
      It's not so bad but I really do love the land
      And rather all this than those diamante lovers
      In Hyde Park holding hands
      Blowing heat through my fingers
      Trying to kill off this cold
      Will the street kids remember
      Can I still shoot a fast cue
      Has this country kid still got his soul

    5. Someone Saved My Life Tonight

      When I think of those East End lights
      Muggy nights
      The curtains drawn in the little room downstairs
      Prima Donna lord you really should have been there
      Sitting like a princess perched in her electric chair
      And it's one more beer
      And I don't hear you anymore
      We've all gone crazy lately
      My friends out there rolling round the basement floor

      And someone saved my life tonight sugar bear
      You almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear
      You nearly had me roped and tied
      Altar-bound, hypnotized
      Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
      You're a butterfly
      And butterflies are free to fly
      Fly away, high away bye bye

      I never realised the passing hours
      Of evening showers
      A slip noose hanging in my darkest dreams
      I'm strangled by your haunted social scene
      Just a pawn out-played by a dominating queen
      It's four o'clock in the morning
      Damn it listen to me good
      I'm sleeping with myself tonight
      Saved in time, thank God my music's still alive

      And I would have walked head on into the deep end of the river
      Clinging to your stocks and bonds
      Paying your H.P. demands forever
      They're coming in the morning with a truck to take me home
      Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
      Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
      Someone saved my life tonight
      So save your strength and run the field you play alone

    6. Meal Ticket (Gotta Get A)

      I can hound you if I need to
      Sip your brandy from a crystal shoe
      In the corner, in the corner
      While the others climb reaching dizzy heights
      The world's in front of me in black and white
      I'm on the bottom line, I'm on the bottom line

      I'd have a cardiac if I had such luck
      Lucky losers, lucky losers landing on skid row
      Landing on skid row
      While the Diamond Jims
      And the Kings road pimps
      Breath heavy in their brand new clothes
      I'm on the bottom line, I'm on the bottom line

      And I gotta get a meal ticket
      To survive you need a meal ticket
      To stay alive you need a meal ticket
      Feel no pain, no pain
      No regret, no regret
      When the line's been signed
      You're someone else
      Do yourself a favor, the meal ticket does the rest

      Shake a hand if you have to
      Trust in us and we will love you anyway, anyway
      Don't leave us stranded in the jungle
      With fifty percent that's hard to handle
      Ain't that so, ain't that so

    7. Better Off Dead

      There was a face on a hoarding that someone had drawn on
      And just enough time for the night to pass by without warning
      Away in the distance there's a blue flashing light
      Someone's in trouble somewhere tonight
      As the flickering neon stands ready to fuse
      The wind blows away all of yesterday's news

      Well they've locked up their daughters and they battened the hatches
      They always could find us but they never could catch us
      Through the grease streaked windows of an all night cafe
      We watched the arrested get taken away
      And that cigarette haze has ecology beat
      As the whores and the drunks filed in from the street

      'Cause the steams in the boiler the coals in the fire
      If you ask how I am then I'll just say inspired
      If the thorn of a rose is the thorn in your side
      Then you're better off dead if you haven't yet died

    8. Writing

      Is there anything left
      Maybe steak and eggs
      Waking up to washing up
      Making up your bed
      Lazy days my razor blade
      Could use a better edge

      It's enough to make you laugh
      Relax in a nice cool bath
      Inspiration for navigation
      Of our new found craft
      I know you and you know me
      It's always half and half

      And we were oh oh, so you know
      Not the kind to dawdle
      Will the things we wrote today
      Sound as good tomorrow
      We will still be writing
      In approaching years
      Stifling yawns on Sundays
      As the weekends disappear

      We could stretch our legs if we'd half a mind
      But don't disturb us if you hear us trying
      To instigate the structure of another line or two
      Cause writing's lighting up
      And I like life enough to see it through

    9. We All Fall In Love Sometimes

      Wise men say
      It looks like rain today
      It crackled on the speakers
      And trickled down the sleepy subway trains
      For heavy eyes could hardly hold us
      Aching legs that often told us
      It's all worth it
      We all fall in love sometimes

      The full moon's bright
      And starlight filled the evening
      We wrote it and I played it
      Something happened it's so strange this feeling
      Naive notions that were childish
      Simple tunes that tried to hide it
      But when it comes
      We all fall in love sometimes

      Did we, didn't we, should we couldn't we
      I'm not sure 'cause sometimes we're so blind
      Struggling through the day
      When even your best friend says
      Don't you find
      We all fall in love sometimes

      And only passing time
      Could kill the boredom we acquired
      Running with the losers for a while
      But our Empty Sky was filled with laughter
      Just before the flood
      Painting worried faces with a smile

    10. Curtains

      I used to know this old scarecrow
      He was my song
      My joy and sorrow
      Cast alone between the furrows
      Of a field no longer sown by anyone

      I held a dandelion
      That said the time had come
      To leave upon the wind
      Not to return
      When summer burned the earth again

      Cultivate the freshest flower
      This garden ever grew
      Beneath these branches
      I once wrote such childish words for you

      But that's okay
      There's treasure children always seek to find
      And just like us
      You must have had
      A once upon a time

      Lonely lovely lady ....

    11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

      Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
      With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
      Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
      A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
      Cellophane flowers of yellow and green,
      Towering over your head.
      Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes,
      And she's gone.
      Lucy in the sky with diamonds.
      Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain
      Where rocking horse people eat marshmellow pies,
      Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers,
      That grow so incredibly high.
      Newspaper taxis appear on the shore,
      Waiting to take you away.
      Climb in the back with your head in the clouds,
      And you're gone.
      Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
      Picture yourself on a train in a station,
      With plasticine porters with looking glass ties,
      Suddenly someone is there at the turnstyle,
      The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes.

    12. One Day (at a Time)

      You are my weakness, you are my strength
      Nothing I have in the world makes better sense
      Cause I'm the fish and you're the sea
      When we're together or when we're apart
      There's never a space in between the beat of our hearts
      Cause I'm the apple and you're the tree

      One day at a time is all we do
      One day at a time is good for you

      You are my woman, I am your man
      Nothing else matters at all, now I understand
      That I'm the door and you're the key
      And every morning I wake in your smile
      Feeling your breath on my face and the love in your eyes
      Cause you're the honey and I'm the bee

      One day at a time is all we do
      One day at a time is good for us two (you too)

    13. Philadelphia Freedom

      I used to be a rolling stone
      You know if a cause was right
      I'd leave to find the answer on the road
      I used to be a heart beating for someone
      But the times have changed
      The less I say the more my work gets done

      `Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
      From the day that I was born I've waved the flag
      Philadelphia freedom took me knee-high to a man
      Yeah gave me peace of my mind daddy never had

      Oh Philadelphia freedom shine on me, I love you
      Shine a light through the eyes of the ones left behind
      Shine a light shine the light
      Shine a light won't you shine the light
      Philadelphia freedom I love you, yes I do

      If you choose to you can live your life alone
      Some people choose the city
      Some others choose the good old family home
      I like living easy without family ties
      Till the whippoorwill of freedom zapped me
      Right between the eyes