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"Blues for My Baby and Me"
Song by Elton John

from the album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

Released January 22, 1973 (UK)
January 26, 1973 (USA)
Recorded June 1972
Genre Rock, Symphonic rock
Length 5:42
Label DJM Records
MCA Records (US/Canada-1975)
Writer Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player track listing
"Elderberry Wine"
"Blues for My Baby and Me"
"Midnight Creeper"

"Blues for My Baby and Me" (Commonly referred to "Blues for Baby and Me") is a song by Elton John released on his 1973 album, Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player. Not released as a single, it has gained a following both during the wake of Elton's long career and with the popularity of YouTube.


Musical structure

The song carries a very moody melodical theme, and is one of only two songs from the album that features orchestration. Long-time Elton accomplice, Paul Buckmaster was responsible for the arrangement. Present is also a sitar, which also has a solo piece. All in all, the melody is very soaring and poignant, suitable for the lyrics that concern the desire to escape and elope in a romantic manor. The deep, doubtful bass-licks in the beginning symbolizes the whole lyrical situation as being hopeless, though it ends in moderate success.

Lyrical meaning

The lyrics concern a young man and a young woman escaping, with the young man having a certain desire to go "west, to the sea". In the early seventies, this was a popular trend among rebellious teens, and the lyrics sugarcoat that imagery, along with the swooping strings and poignant lead vocal. The young woman's father does not agree with their plans, claiming "he'll get you in trouble, those bums are all the same". This also suits the post-Hippie-trends from the era. They take a Greyhound bus as the radio plays "Blues for baby and me". The last verse, however, describes the young woman's insecurities about the step they have taken - "I saw your hands tremble, your eyes opened in surprise".


Though popular among fans and on AM radio in the late 70's, the song was never performed live. It was, however, rehearsed for Elton's 60th birthday concert in 2007, but was one of 30 other songs that got discarded from the set list. In early interviews, Elton claimed he did not like the song personally.




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