Sunday, August 26, 2007

Empty Sky

The lead, and title, cut from Elton's debut is a snarling blues-rocker, influenced by Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac or Jefferson Airplane perhaps, with typically 1968 mellotron-spiced middle sections.

Lyrically, it deals with the singer being in some sort of captivity, prison most likely...but whether it's a prison in a literal or figurative sense I'll leave up to you. He's wishing he could fly away (a recurring theme of more than one Sky song) and misses his girlfriend, worrying about if she'll be faithful. One can tell Bernie's still learning his craft, but this is lacking in the clumsy couplets he could come up with sometimes.

Pretty good opener for an underrated LP...

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