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"Western Ford Gateway"
Song by Elton John

from the album Empty Sky

Released June 3, 1969 (UK)
January 13, 1975 (USA)
Recorded DJM Studios, 1969
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 3:16
Label DJM Records
MCA Records (US/Canada-1975)
Writer Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Steve Brown
Empty Sky track listing
"Val-Hala"
(2)
"Western Ford Gateway"
(3)
"Hymn 2000"
(4)

"Western Ford Gateway" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It is the third track off his first album, Empty Sky.

Musical structure

It opens with a bluesy guitar riff before segueing into the main hammond organ-oriented verse. It is one the few John songs to do so. The sound quality is one of the poorest from the record, with the lead vocal being just about audible in the left channel. In the chorus, the vocal is doubletracked and the vocal is then loud. It is a relatively short song, clocking at 3:16.

Lyrical meaning

It was the first song released by John that Taupin had written about America. An America he yet hadn't witnessed first-hand. It has only 18 lines, making it one of the shortest lyrics the duo released, and deals with matters such as pollution and poverty. By the time of its release, this was what America looked like from the outside.

It has never been performed in any radio show or in concert, and is not a popular pick among fans.

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