Elton John — Sixty Years On
Album: Elton John
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:30
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Who'll walk me down to church when I'm sixty years of age?
When the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the grave
And señorita play guitar, play it just for you
My rosary has broken and my beads have all slipped through

You've hung up your great coat and you've laid down your gun
You know the war you fought in wasn't too much fun
And the future you're giving me holds nothing for a gun
I've no wish to be living sixty years on, on, on

Yes I'll sit with you and talk let your eyes relive again
I know my vintage prayers would be very much the same
And Magdelena plays the organ, plays it just for you
Your choral lamp that burns so low when you are passing through

And the future you're giving me holds nothing for a gun
I've no wish to be living sixty years on

Here I am
When I'm sixty years of age
Here I am
In the land of the morning star (Sixty years on)
Here I am
When I'm sixty years of age
Here I am
In the land of the morning star (Sixty years on)

Here I am
When I'm sixty years of age
Here I am
In the land of the morning star (Sixty years on)
Here I am
When I'm sixty years of age
Here I am
In the land of the morning star (Sixty years on)
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He was really a great touchstone back in 70s with Bernie and Cat Stevens.
Beautiful!
Brilliant Mix:

3:30 pm - Harry Manx - Death Have Mercy
3:34 pm - Elton John - Sixty Years On
3:38 pm - Porcupine Tree - Lips Of Ashes


 sb204 wrote:
So now I finally learned that Elton John once was able to make beautiful music. Why/when did he stop? The stuff I know and really dislike is not so much younger, if at all...

 
This album and Tumbleweed Connection for me represent his high watermark, as did so many other albums of that day. Whatever motivated the introspection-the Viet Nam war in part I think-of that era generated some brilliant poetry set to music. Why it devolves-who knows, all we can do is savor the time and moment. RP keeps all the great music of then and now in our minds with an amazing mix. 
 SECA_Alan wrote:
He really had something important to say back then, a new he knew just how to say it.

 
Bernie Taupin gets credit for the lyrics
So now I finally learned that Elton John once was able to make beautiful music. Why/when did he stop? The stuff I know and really dislike is not so much younger, if at all...
 below72 wrote:
11-17-70 - live Elton, Dee Murray on bass, and Nigel Olsen on drums.  The greatest three piece pop rock live performance of all time.  A&R Studios - on the band's first trip to the states promoting the first album - Your Song was just breaking. For all intense and purposes an unknown band - somewhat esoteric.  Whoever was there at A&R to see that performance saw the dawning of greatness.
Get it: Experience it, enjoy it - 11-17-70 a masterpiece.

 
Listening to this now.
Been following EJ since the beginning. A lot of so-so stuff after the "good years" ending with Blue Moves but this stands out as some of his best ever. And still very much worth seeing live.
 thewiseking wrote:
A wonderful album produced magnificently by Gus Dudgeon, who did Black Sabbaths early stuff and so many others. Gus, sadly died young. The mark of his production is all over this and most of Elton John's early, best, work.

 
High dudgeon indeed.
A wonderful album produced magnificently by Gus Dudgeon, who did Black Sabbaths early stuff and so many others. Gus, sadly died young. The mark of his production is all over this and most of Elton John's early, best, work.
amazing


So magically beautiful ..... And brilliant work !
The liveversion is awesome!
Love this early Elton sound, but Gus Dudgeon and Paul Buckmaster never get enough credit for it.
11-17-70 - live Elton, Dee Murray on bass, and Nigel Olsen on drums.  The greatest three piece pop rock live performance of all time.  A&R Studios - on the band's first trip to the states promoting the first album - Your Song was just breaking. For all intense and purposes an unknown band - somewhat esoteric.  Whoever was there at A&R to see that performance saw the dawning of greatness.
Get it: Experience it, enjoy it - 11-17-70 a masterpiece.
I could listen to music like this for the rest of the evening and it would be totally OK with me.
now this is better...
For the period...outstanding arrangement! The magical combination of he and Bernie Taupin.
 Bluecobra wrote:
I think the opera house live version may be slightly better than this version.

however this still gets a strong 8
 
Agree. I heard the Opera House version first, strangely enough.
When did art become paint by numbers? Certainly after this was originally recorded.
Sir Elton John is now 69 years old and still performing live.

I'm impressed.  His early music was definitely part of the musical output in the late 1960s/early 1970s that made the period one of the most creative in contemporary popular music. 
Test
Yesssss!
I think the opera house live version may be slightly better than this version.

however this still gets a strong 8

 
 hugogdt wrote:
Usually Elton John does not pull a string on me, but this one really does. 

 
My thoughts exactly. I still can't believe I've just rated him (not sure if this is the proper pronoun) an 8. 
 azcarol wrote:
Oh Elton - your beautiful, budding genious was so ALIVE in 1970! What runs through your mind when you revisit this piece, 46 years on? Thanks for giving us so much! 

 
Good comment. 
I only heard Elton in the 80's and well it was all a bit cheesy and horrible, I didn't know he was actually quite good once. Damn me and my open mind.
oh ooo-k, now I understand how that Donald Duck outfit he chose DOES fit the structural integrity of his music   : P
Excellence in all ways!
He really had something important to say back then, a new he knew just how to say it.
 MiloD wrote:
this is still a masterful album

 so true.  All of it.  Masterful, moving, lovely.


Oh Elton - your beautiful, budding genious was so ALIVE in 1970! What runs through your mind when you revisit this piece, 46 years on? Thanks for giving us so much! 
I genuinely used to think that this was some sort of lost Led Zep tune. I'm impressed that it was Elton all along…
 MiloD wrote:
this is still a masterful album

 

Indeed.
this is still a masterful album
This is such a beautiful song.
"Who'll walk me down to church when I'm sixty years of age..."

Ha - I can still remember when I thought that line made sense.

(Looks for, and fails to find, grizzled geezer emoticon.)
 On_The_Beach wrote:
I'm not usually a fan of strings with pop/rock music but it's working here.

 

My sentiments exactly.


 On_The_Beach wrote:
I'm not usually a fan of strings with pop/rock music but it's working here.

 
The Beatles and Elton pull it off on many occasions
dig deeper
Also Smashing Pumpkins, Psychedelic Furs (sleep comes down), Alison Goldfrapp, XTC etc...
I'm not usually a fan of strings with pop/rock music but it's working here.
Usually Elton John does not pull a string on me, but this one really does. Reminds me Mick Jagger in ballads as Angie. Maybe that's why ...
 AndyJ wrote:


We -are- that much healthier and in better shape.   Our parents did not have antibiotics growing up. Their water was not as pure. They did not have the anti-virals or vitamins in everything. They did not spend as much time running about in our underwear outdoors.  They bequeathed us a very healthy world. We didn't notice when the dying seemed to end in the 70s.  As a child I went to many funerals for family, friends, relatives, adults and children. 

Now, we annoying. We're running about; having sex, exercising, eating healthy, spending, spending, spending. Our parents didn't have the ability or wherewithal to do any of these things.   The lessons of the songs still speak to the loneliness of old age. Then and now the old are very lonely.  TV is not a companion and the internet only simulates human relationships.   We have made it so we can live longer, healthier and lonelier.   Did we win-?
 
Into this ever braver and newer world stride the internet billionaires who are prepared to colonize Mars, develop genetic editing technologies to eliminate diseases at the embryo level, prolong (their) lives well beyond what we know today. In the process, more of the work performed by actual humans will be done "better" by robots and computers, freeing the masses to do whatever they choose with the degraded planet left in the wake of the immortals. Or not...
This is an amazing song from Elton John when he had integrity. 
 xtalman wrote:

Perspective of younger folks.  If you think back to your 20's you probably had the same perception.  Now it is very different.  I was talking to a friend about how frail there 85 year old aunt was.  Suddenly dawned on me my dad would have been 85 this year, he passed at a very young age.  85 does not seem as old as it once did.

 

We -are- that much healthier and in better shape.   Our parents did not have antibiotics growing up. Their water was not as pure. They did not have the anti-virals or vitamins in everything. They did not spend as much time running about in our underwear outdoors.  They bequeathed us a very healthy world. We didn't notice when the dying seemed to end in the 70s.  As a child I went to many funerals for family, friends, relatives, adults and children. 

Now, we annoying. We're running about; having sex, exercising, eating healthy, spending, spending, spending. Our parents didn't have the ability or wherewithal to do any of these things.   The lessons of the songs still speak to the loneliness of old age. Then and now the old are very lonely.  TV is not a companion and the internet only simulates human relationships.   We have made it so we can live longer, healthier and lonelier.   Did we win-?

Very deep.. Thinking back on ones life, it makes you realize how fast it goes. Accomplishing what you wish to do, and become, goes fast.   
hey wow... sublime segue just now from Sinead to Sixty years on.....gave me goosebumps!
 agkagk wrote:
"Sixty Years On" and the Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four" are both from the same time period (1970 and 1967 respectively).
I certainly don't feel in need of any assistance as I approach my 60th.
Were 60 year old people really that frail 45 years ago? Has our health improved that much?
Or is this simply the perspective of young people? McCartney was 25, Bernie Taupin was 20 when they wrote these songs.   

 
Perspective of younger folks.  If you think back to your 20's you probably had the same perception.  Now it is very different.  I was talking to a friend about how frail there 85 year old aunt was.  Suddenly dawned on me my dad would have been 85 this year, he passed at a very young age.  85 does not seem as old as it once did.
I didn't realize how incredible Elton John was until I started noticing stuff like this here on RP.  Thought he was all just about the "Crocodile Rock" and the other overplayed FM radio stuff that is out there.  
innocent Elton prior to self inflicted brain damage....lovely!

thanks RP!


"Sixty Years On" and the Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four" are both from the same time period (1970 and 1967 respectively).
I certainly don't feel in need of any assistance as I approach my 60th.
Were 60 year old people really that frail 45 years ago? Has our health improved that much?
Or is this simply the perspective of young people? McCartney was 25, Bernie Taupin was 20 when they wrote these songs.   
CORRECTION: Sixty Years On is not on Elton John's debut album, but rather his second album.  His debut album is Empty Sky. ...just sayin'...