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Elton John - Benny And The Jets - Lyrics Meaning



Famous for decades, Elton John's song "Benny And The Jets" first appeared against his will on his 1974 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. Although he had thought the song would fail, it was a number 1 hit that year. Fans loved it, even though they couldn't seem to figure out the words to the song or understand what it meant.

From "electric boobs" to "benny antoinettes" the lyrics have been classically and comically misunderstood. People have insisted that the song is about drugs that were popular at the time, a kind of methamphetamine known as "Brown Bennies". These things just make Sir Elton smile, because nothing could be further from the truth.

He wrote the song as an anthem to the music scene in the 1970's, with its crazy experimentation and wild fashion. According to him, Benny is a female lounge singer in a fictional band that he adores. The most misquoted line actually describes her outfit and production equipment. "She's got electric boots, a mohair suit" is the start of the chorus, but just hearing the first notes to many fan communicates the start of a party than really began way back in the 1970's and hasn't stopped since.




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delerine
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Dec 16, 2014 @ 11:11 am
Benny=Barbituates
Jets=Amphetamines
I think the phrase benny and the jets is in referance to speedballing a behavior that has been the cause of death in too many performers.

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