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"Grey Seal (Original version)"
Single by Elton John
A-side "Rock n' Roll Madonna"
Released June 19, 1970
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded January 1970
Genre Rock, Pop
Length 3:35
Label DJM
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology
"Border Song"
"Rock n' Roll Madonna"
"From Denver to L.A."
Elton John
(1995 reissue)
track listing
"Bad Side of the Moon"
"Grey Seal (Original version)"
"Rock n' Roll Madonna"
"Grey Seal"
Song by Elton John

from the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Released October 5, 1973
Recorded Château d'Hérouville, Hérouville, France, May 1973
Genre Rock, Pop
Length 4:01
Label DJM (UK/world)
Uni (US/Canada)
Writer Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road track listing
Side One
  1. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
  2. "Candle in the Wind"
  3. "Bennie and the Jets"
Side Two
  1. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  2. "This Song Has No Title"
  3. "Grey Seal"
  4. "Jamaica Jerk-Off"
  5. "I've Seen That Movie Too"
Side Three
  1. "Sweet Painted Lady"
  2. "The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1903-34)"
  3. "Dirty Little Girl"
  4. "All the Girls Love Alice"
Side Four
  1. "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n' Roll)"
  2. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  3. "Roy Rogers"
  4. "Social Disease"
  5. "Harmony"

"Grey Seal" is a song by Elton John with lyrics written by Bernie Taupin. The song is one of Elton's earliest, though its most known version appears as the sixth track on his 1973 double-album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

The song's musical style is typical for the album, using wah-effects and a variety of keyboards and synthesizers. A grand piano is also played, with a riff that could remind of Elton's version of "Pinball Wizard". A count-in is also audible on the track.

1970 version

"Grey Seal" was written in 1969, along with many of Elton's early songs. Its original version appeared as the B-side of his 1970 UK single, "Rock n' Roll Madonna". The version was available on several bootlegs until its release on "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". This version is musically different. It is played on electric piano and is heavily orchestrated. It also has an ending which isn't found on the 1973 version.

This version appeared on several rarities compilations, but was one of the three bonus tracks on the 1995 remaster of his self-titled album.



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