Elton John and Bernie Taupin can still surprise each other, even after working together for over fifty years.
During a new interview posted on Elton's Instagram to promote the upcoming Honky Chateau reissue, Elton said that "Rocket Man" was "a pretty easy song to write a melody to because it’s a song about space so it’s quite a spacious song."
Taupin talked about the actual inspiration for his lyrics. He said, "It was actually a song inspired by Ray Bradbury from his book of science-fiction short stories called The Illustrated Man. In that book, there was a story called 'The Rocket Man,' which was about how astronauts in the future would become sort of an everyday job…so I kinda took that idea and ran with it."
Elton then responded with, “Do you know, I never knew that.”
Honky Chateau 50th Anniversary Edition will be released today.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]