Vroeg werk en zo mooi… van Elton John, tekst: Bernie Taupin. Tekstinterpreten denken dat het over heel iemand anders gaat dan een duif, waarom waarom waarom. Voor het eerst uitgebracht in 1969, niet per se voor Elton John zelf geschreven.

Turn me loose from your hands
Let me fly to distant lands
Over green fields, trees and mountains
Flowers and forest fountains
Home along the lanes of the skyways
For this dark and lonely room
Projects a shadow cast in gloom
And my eyes are mirrors
Of the world outside
Thinking of the way
That the wind can turn the tide
And these shadows turn
From purple into grey

For just a Skyline Pigeon
Dreaming of the open
Waiting for the day
He can spread his wings
And fly away again
Fly away skyline pigeon fly
Towards the dreams
You’ve left so very far behind

Just let me wake up in the morning
To the smell of new mown hay
To laugh and cry, to live and die
In the brightness of my day
I want to hear the pealing bells
Of distant churches sing
But most of all please free me
From this aching metal ring
And open out this cage towards the sun.

For just a Skyline Pigeon
Dreaming of the open
Waiting for the day
He can spread his wings
And fly away again
Fly away skyline pigeon fly
Towards the dreams
You’ve left so very far behind

Voordat Elton John het zelf opnam is het op de plaat gezet door de Engelse blue-eyed-soulies Guy Darrell en Roger Cook. Die laatste versie is wel op YT te vinden onder de naam Roger James Cooke.


1968

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