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Tiny Dancer
Song

Tiny Dancer

Elton John
Album:
Madman Across The Water

Song Meaning & Background to Tiny Dancer by Elton John


Maxine Feibelman, at the time the lyricist Bernie Taupin's wife, was the "seamstress for the band" mentioned in the lyrics.


"I had been into ballet as a little girl, and I sewed patches on Elton's jackets and jeans," she recalled. Taupin was so seduced by Feibelman upon their arrival in Los Angeles in late 1970 that he penned the fervent "Tiny Dancer" for her.


The lyrics of the song were influenced by Taupin's first trip to the US in 1970 and were written to portray the spirit of California, when he discovered that the ladies there were very different from the ones he had known back in England.


Paul Buckmaster's strings and Rick Wakeman, who would later join prog-rockers Yes, played organ in support of John's soaring melody.


The song was revived by Almost Famous about 30 years after it was originally released. At the time, it wasn't a big hit and didn't make the Top 40 in its shortened radio edit.


Lyrics and Guitar Chords to Tiny Dancer by Elton John


[Intro]

C   F   C   F   C   F   C   F

 

[Verse 1]

C           F/C    C         F/C  C                      F/A     G/B

  Blue jean baby,      L.A. lady,     seamstress for the band

C        F/C   C         F/C     C                      F/A     Cmaj7/G

  Pretty eyed,    pirate smile,    you'll marry a music man

 

F       Em7   Am7               D/F#     Dm7  E7            Am     G7/B

   Ballerina,     you must have seen her     dancing in the sand

C                F/C      C         F/C        C                    G    F C/E Dm7

   And now she's in me,      always with me,      tiny dancer in my hand

 

C     F/C    C    F/C

 

[Verse 2]

C       F/C      C              F/C      C                           F/A    G/B

  Jesus freaks       out in the street       Handing tickets out for God

C           F/C   C          F/C       C                            F/A    Cmaj7/G

    Turning back    she just laughs       The boulevard is not that bad

 

F        Em7  Am7              D/F#    Dm7         E7     Am   G7/B

   Piano man      he makes his stand        In the auditorium

C          F/C   C                 F/C    C                                    G  F C/E Dm7

   Looking on        she sings the songs     The words she knows the tune she hums

 

C     F/C     C     Dm/C   C

 

[Bridge]

Ab               Bb

   But oh how it feels so real

Gm7             Cm

Lying here with no one near

Ab       Ab6              Bb

Only you      and you can hear me

           G/B    G/D        C/E

When I say softly slowly

 

[Chorus]

F         C/E         Dm      C/E

  Hold me closer tiny dancer

F            C/E               G/A

   Count the headlights on the highway

F        C/E               Dm      C/E

  Lay me down in sheets of linen

F           C/E        G/A

  you had a busy day today

 

F         C/E         Dm      C/E

  Hold me closer tiny dancer

F            C/E               G/A

   Count the headlights on the highway

F        C/E               Dm     C/E

  Lay me down in sheets of linen

F            C/E

   you had a busy day

  G/A    F/A     G/A     F

today

 

C     F/C    C    F/C

 

[Verse 1]

C             F/C    C       F/C  C                       F    F/A  G/B

    Blue jean baby,     L.A. lady,     seamstress for the band

C        F/C   C         F/C    C                       F/A    Cmaj7/G

  Pretty eyed,    pirate smile,    you'll marry a music man

 

F      Em7   Am7               D/F#     Dm7   E7             Am     G7/B

  Ballerina,     you must have seen  her      dancing in the sand

C                F/C      C         F/C      C                    G    F C/E Dm7

   And now she's in me,      always with me,    tiny dancer in my hand

 

C     F/C     C     Dm/C   C

 

[Bridge]

Ab               Bb

   But oh how it feels so real

Gm7             Cm

Lying here with no one near

Ab       Ab6              Bb

Only you      and you can hear me

           G/B    G/D      C/E

When I say softly slowly

 

[Chorus]

F         C/E         Dm      C/E

  Hold me closer tiny dancer

F            C/E               G/A

   Count the headlights on the highway

F        C/E               Dm      C/E

  Lay me down in sheets of linen

F          C/E         G/A

 you had a busy day today

 

F         C/E         Dm      C/E

  Hold me closer tiny dancer

F            C/E               G/A

   Count the headlights on the highway

F        C/E               Dm     C/E

  Lay me down in sheets of linen

F            C/E

   you had a busy day

  G/A     F/A

today

 

Release Date

1971

Songwriter/s

Elton John, Bernie Taupin

Producer/s

Gus Dudgeon

Label/s

Uni

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