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Available on the album Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Music:Elton John
Lyrics:Bernie Taupin
Piano:Elton John
Bass:Dee Murray
Drums:Nigel Olsson
Acoustic guitars:Davey Johnstone
Triangle:Ray Cooper
Backing vocals:Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson
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
chorus:
'Cause the steam's in the boiler the coal's 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
(repeat chorus)
Better off dead ...
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