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Rocket Man

This song is by Kate Bush and appears on the single Rocket Man / Candle in the Wind (1991) and on the compilation Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin (1991).

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Rocket Man
She packed my bag last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine AM
And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It's lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Ah no no no
I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise the kids
In fact it's cold as hell
And there's no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don't understand
It's just my job five days a week
A rocket man
Rocket man

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Ah no no no

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Ah no no no
I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
And I think it's gonna be a long long time
And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Long long time
Long long time

Ah no no no
Oh no no no no no no no
Oh oh oh...

Credits

Written by:

Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Produced by:

Kate Bush

Musicians:

  • Kate Bush: keyboards and vocals
  • Charlie Morgan: drums
  • Del Palmer: bass
  • Alan Murphy: guitar
  • Davey Spillane: uilleann pipes
  • Alistair Anderson: concertina

Trivia:

  • "Rocket Man" taken from the album Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin was released as a single in 1991 to promote the release of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin album. The Kate Bush version reached number 12 on the U.K. singles charts and number 2 in Australia.
  • In the accompanying video for the song a lonely chair can be seen with a guitar and a lighted candle sitting upon it. This is a commemoration for Alan Murphy who played guitar on the song (and many other Kate Bush songs) but died prior to the making of the video.

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