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"Flinstone Boy"
Song by Elton John

from the album A Single Man (1998 reissue)

Recorded January-September 1978
Genre Pop, rock
Length 4:13
Label MCA (US/Canada)
Rocket Records
Writer Elton John
Producer Clive Franks, Elton John
A Single Man (1998 reissue) track listing
"Flinstone Boy"
"I Cry at Night"

"Flinstone Boy" is a song by Elton John. For an exchange, John also wrote the lyrics to this song. It came out as the B-side to his 1978 single, "Ego", and appeared as a bonus track on the reissue of his 1978 album, A Single Man.

Musical structure

The song starts with all instruments. During the song, double-tracked vocals enter the picture, as do gnawing synthesizers sounding like the Australian didgeridoo. An acoustic guitar is present instead of the electrics mostly used during the sessions for the album. The song ends with a fading synthesizer.

Lyrical meaning

This is one of the few songs released which John himself wrote the lyrics to. They tell the story of a gangster whose girlfriend's been cheating on him, but that's not the main story. Overall, the song is mainly nonsense put together, and is a classic example of a b-side with no certain interest.

The actual title is "Flinstone Boy" without the t. Many see this as a spelling mistake and correct it, but it is in fact the proper spelling.


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