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The Emperor's New Clothes
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Available on the album Songs From The West Coast
Music:Elton John
Lyrics:Bernie Taupin
Piano and vocals:Elton John
Guitars:Davey Johnstone
Bass:Paul Bushnell
Percussion:Jay Bellerose
Backing vocals:Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone, Paul Bushnell
Horn arrangement:Paul Buckmaster
We bet on our lives and we bet on the horses
In that upstairs apartment on Orlando and 4th
And the rent was due and the rent man was knocking
Like a Chinese proverb we were always searching
Nightlife's a no-win but nobody noticed
How we killed off the bottles looking good on the surface
The dog days barked and the house cat got old
We were Bonnie and Clyde in the emperor's new clothes
And the tears never came
They just stayed in our eyes
We refused to admit that we wore this disguise
Every inch of us growing
Like Pinocchio's nose
As we walked around in the emperor's new clothes
We flew by our wits and by the seat of our pants
In the state of illusion in the nation of chance
And the repo was hauling the wreck we'd been driving
As the dashboard Madonna smiled back at us kindly
We cheated the system never batting an eyelid
Seeing only the good through the holes in our shoes
And our halos were rusty but we wore them proudly
We were two little gods in the emperor's new clothes
(repeat chorus)
We were Bonnie and Clyde in the emperor's new clothes
(repeat chorus)
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