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"Grow Some Funk of Your Own"
Single by Elton John
from the album 'Rock of the Westies'
B-side "I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)"
Released January 12, 1976
Genre Rock
Length 4:16 (single version)
Label MCA (US/Canada)
DJM Records
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Davey Johnstone
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology
"Island Girl"
(1975)
"Grow Some Funk of Your Own"/"I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)"
(1976)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
(1976)

"Grow Some Funk of Your Own" is the name of a song by Elton John. It was released as a single in 1976 and comes from his album Rock of the Westies. It shared its A-Side status with "I Feel Like a Bullet (In the Gun of Robert Ford)". The song is considered to be one of John's heavier rock songs. The song went to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the singles chart listed only "Funk" and not "Bullet", the latter song was given equal billing in later Billboard singles chart books.

Music

This is one of Elton's hard rock songs in the tradition of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", "All the Girls Love Alice", "The Bitch Is Back" and "Pinball Wizard". It also appeared on Greatest Hits Volume II in 1977. Like the fore-mentioned songs, it's "riff driven" and features a prevalent guitar lick throughout, in the same manner as Love Lies Bleeding. Tellingly, guitarist Davey Johnstone is credited as a co-writer.

Synopsis

The song is about a guy who wakes up after a bad dream entailing an episode set in Mexico, where the protagonist (presumably either John or Taupin) falls for a young lady in a small town but is dismissed by her boyfriend, telling him to return to where he came from (hence the lyric, "Take my advice/take the next flight/and grow your funk/grow your funk at home").[1]

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