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Elton John Into The Old Man's Shoes Lyrics

Last updated: 10/27/2004 11:00:00 AM

Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

I'm moving out of Tombstone, yeah with the sun behind my back
I'm tired of people talking of things that I lack
Ever since a week ago, the day he passed away
I've been taking too much notice of the things they've had to say

And all they say is you ain't half the man he used to be
He had strength and he worked his life to feed his family
So if that's the way it has to be, I'll say goodbye to you
I'm not the guy, or so it seems to fill my old man's shoes

Like I'm a wicked way of life, the kind that should be tamed
They'd like to see me locked in jail and tied up in their chains
Oh it's hard and I can't see what they want me to do Lord, Lord
They seem to think I should step into the old man's shoes

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Should have made the original cut | Reviewer: Deacon Blues | 8/1/2006

Elton John's classic 1970 album "Tumbleweed Connection" was quite simply a feast for the ears of the listener. This song never made it into the original release, but in all fairness it should have. Unfortunately due to the space limitations of the vinyl albums of the time some songs had to be cut, and this one was one of the ones axed. It wasn't until the re-release of Tumbleweed as part of the remastered "Elton John: The Classic Years " collection that this song made it onto the album it so richly deserved being on.

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