Elton John released “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Gonna Be a Long, Long Time)” on April 19, 1972.“Rocketman” was the single, after the great success of “Your Song” . It has also been the title of his Elton John biopic.

the lyricist bernie taupin He claimed that the first words of the song occurred to him while driving down an English motorway towards his parents’ house. Because he didn’t have his hands free to take down the lyrics, he had to spend the rest of the two-hour drive repeating the words to himself:

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour 9:00 a.m.
And I’m gonna be high
As a kite by then

Ie, “She packed my bags last night before the flight, zero hour 9 am And I’m going to be high as a kite by then…”.

Clearly, a few things are worth remembering. Below, we celebrate the song’s anniversary with some highlights from its history.

Taupin also confirmed in a 2016 video posted on YouTube that he was inspired by the story “The Rocket Man” by science fiction author Ray Bradbury from his The Illustrated Man collection .

Taupin explained:

“The story focused on “how astronauts in the future would become a kind of everyday job. So I took that idea and followed it in the lyrics.”

Taupin also ruled out the idea that she was influenced by “David Bowie’s Space Oddity . That said, the songs have at least one thing in common: Gus Dudgeon produced both, before Bowie’s. Taupin also admitted that “Rocket Man” borrowed the 1970 song of the same name from Pearls Before Swine .

And Bernie finishes:

It’s well known that songwriters are big thieves, and this is a perfect example.”

Bowie was apparently upset that “Rocket Man” was a reflection on his “Space Oddity”.

His wife Angie came to tell him:

It’s ok David, other people can sing about space travel too.”

Three days after David’s passing, Elton John performed a medley of “Space Oddity” and “Rocket Man” at a concert in Los Angeles.

And he said to the crowd:

“Bowie was an innovator, he pushed boundaries and danced to his own tune: which is really rare for any artist”

“Rocket Man” has become something of a good luck charm. That’s why Elton John put a few bars of “Rocket Man” in the chorus of “Cold Heart”, his duet with Dua Lipa.

Long before, Elton and Taupin turned to Kate Bush to perform a version of the song for the album Two Rooms from 1991 . The wonderful Kate did an amazing version, like a good fan of Elton.

And it said:

From the age of 11, Elton John was my biggest hero. When I asked to participate in this project and they gave me a song to choose, it was as if they asked me ‘would you like to fulfill a dream? Would you like to sing Rocket Man?’…yes, I would.”

The song even became a tense moment for international diplomacy, as a tool of psychological warfare.
The ex-president donald trump has a penchant for disco anthems, but his mind for musical references reached a new level when he called the North Korean Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” during a speech at the United Nations .

He eventually changed it to “Little Rocket Man” many times afterward. A year later, Trump reportedly sent his friend-enemy a copy of the personally signed song as a possible knockout during diplomatic negotiations.Unfortunately, the jab didn’t land.

A source told South Korean newspaper CHosun Ilbo in 2018 whiche “Trump asked Kim if she knew the song and Kim said no.”

Kate Bush is the undisputed champion of the “Rocket Man” versions. But Star Trek actor William Shatner premiered his version while hosting the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards.

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