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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer?
Rocket Man 8 29.63%
Piano Man 18 66.67%
Not my kind of music....Man 1 3.70%
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default Music Battle: Rocket Man vs Piano Man

Elton John - Rocket Man




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Billy Joel



Why did I pick these two particular songs? The lyrics.


Reminder: This is a thread that asks which song you prefer. It is not about whether it is the artists best song. The reason I make this distinction is because an artist's body of work is not considered when I chose these songs for comparison. I also try not to consider the artists' politics, sexual orientation, or other biases outside of the skill that went into the final product that is the song selected. This will be a fairly standard disclaimer going forward. Otherwise, please, keep the comments coming in.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:53 PM   #3
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Piano Man.

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Old 07-31-2013, 08:59 PM   #4
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Default Re: Music Battle: Rocket Man vs Piano Man

Two EXCELLENT songs from two of the Biggest names in the business
and maybe two of the best Rock and Roll lyricist EVER.

Loved both these songs, but I voted (very slight edge) for Piano Man.
Billy Joel is my favorite Male Rock Vocalist. His music is always top notch
stuff, and the man writes words that can be taken as "Philosophy for the
the Average Joe" Remarkable performer and even more remarkable song
writer.

Philosophy from THE MAN:
"They will tell you, you can't sleep alone in a strange place.
Then they'll tell you, you can't sleep with somebody else.
Ah, but sooner or later you sleep in your own space.
Either way, it's OK you wake up with yourself". ~ Billy Joel (My Life)
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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Two EXCELLENT songs from two of the Biggest names in the business
and maybe two of the best Rock and Roll lyricist EVER.

Loved both these songs, but I voted (very slight edge) for Piano Man.
Billy Joel is my favorite Male Rock Vocalist. His music is always top notch
stuff, and the man writes words that can be taken as "Philosophy for the
the Average Joe" Remarkable performer and even more remarkable song
writer.

yeah man...no matter how many times I hear these two songs, they stay with my soul for awhile...I can easily put myself in that bar or on that trip to Mars...I know that sounds weird but it is not about the act of doing those things - they talk about the universal, reasonable, common observation and thoughts of the subject(s) in the songs...There are other songs that come close to that (like The Beatles "A Day in the Life" comes to mind, but to a lesser extent than in the two songs of this thread.)
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Both are great, I'm going to go with Piano Man. More angst.
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Piano Man, because I can play it on the harmonica.
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About Rocket Man:

Bernie Taupin cowrote Rocket Man in 1972.

The inspiration for Bernie Taupin's lyrics, however, was the short story The Rocket Man, written by Ray Bradbury. The sci-fi author's tale is told from the perspective of a child, whose astronaut father has mixed feelings at leaving his family in order to do his job. It was published as part of the anthology The Illustrated Man in 1951.

Bradbury's story was the basis for another song called "Rocket Man," which was released by the Folk group Pearls Before Swine (fronted by Tom Rapp) in 1970. Taupin says that this gave him the idea for his own "Rocket Man" ("It's common knowledge that songwriters are great thieves, and this is a perfect example," he says). In the Pearls Before Swine song, a child can no longer look at the stars after his astronaut father perishes in space.



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I went with Piano over Rocket. Both are very good but Piano just has too much universal truth. However, the best "man" song wasn't listed:

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Billy joel in a close one. Great songs both.
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