Bennie And The Jets – Elton John

August 8, 2021

Fun Facts

  • This catchy tune was written by Elton as a tribute to glam rock, a style characterized by outrageous costumes popular in the ’70s, especially in the UK.
  • Elton’s is sexuality was fluid, and it didn’t stop him from wearing feminine bedazzled clothes on stage.
  • He is famous for his gaudy collection of sunglasses and wild appearance.
  • As a kid, Elton was a big fan of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons, and he attended a couple of their concerts as a kid.
  • Elton’s falsetto in “Benny and the Jets” is a vocal tribute to Frankie Valli.
  • Originally, John wanted to release Candle In The Wind in the US but changed his mind when he heard how well “Benny and the Jets” was doing at CKLW.
  • In 1974 the song also appeared as an A-side to Candle in the Wind and had huge success in the US and Canada.
  • “Benny and the Jets” was the third single to be released off the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and became Johns’s second hit to reach #1.
  • The song has been redone many times, but the most famous was in 1999 when Mary J. Blige reworked this into a song called “Deep Inside”. John accompanied her on the piano in the track.
SOTD lyrics

Lyrics

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Hey kids, shake it loose together

The spotlight’s hitting something

That’s been known to change the weather

We’ll kill the fatted calf tonight, so stick around

You’re gonna hear electric music

Solid walls of sound

Say, Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet?

Ooh, but they’re so spaced out, B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets

Oh but they’re weird and they’re wonderful

Oh Bennie she’s really keen

She’s got electric boots, a mohair suit

You know I read it in a magazine, ohh-oh

B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets

Hey kids, plug into the faithless

Maybe they’re blinded

But Bennie makes them ageless

We shall survive, let us take ourselves along

Where we fight our parents out in the streets

To find who’s right and who’s wrong

Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet?

Oh but they’re so spaced out, B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets

Oh they’re so weird and they’re wonderful

Oh Bennie she’s really keen

She’s got electric boots, a mohair suit

You know I read it in a magazine, ohh-oh

B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets

Oh Candy and Ronnie, have you seen them yet?

Oh but they’re so spaced out, B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets

Oh but they’re weird and they’re wonderful

Oh Bennie she’s really keen

She’s got electric boots, a mohair suit

You know I read it in a magazine, ohh-oh

B-B-B-Bennie and the Jets

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