At first glance, “Rocket Man” might not seem like a song worthy of very close critical attention. Catchy and fun, yes, groundbreaking and original… maybe not so much. “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, after all, had accomplished the whole space opera thing quite adequately three years before Elton John.
“Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it’s cold as Hell
And there’s no one there to raise them if you didn’t
And all this science, I don’t understand
It’s just my job, five days a week”
It is said that where the music of the mid-to-late Sixties was defined by themes of political activism, the Seventies were defined by loud, flamboyant, meaningless pop. Their greatest idols would be those most adept in turning music into froth, fantasy, glitter, and pantomime.”
Bernard “Bernie” Taupin
Bernie Taupin was an English lyricist, poet, and singer, best known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John, writing the lyrics for the majority of the star’s songs, may have had an outside influence that spawned the lyrics for the song Rocket Man. The short story from Ray Bradbury’s ILLUSTRATED MAN “Rocket Man” seemed to be Taupin’s inspiration, however, there are elements of the lyrics that make absolutely no sense for the reason, they are contradicting.
“Cold as Hell”
I was brought up to believe that Hell was a burning purgatory. The story by Bradbury illustrates what Mars is like. The father who is asked what it’s like to be a space traveler answers that it’s nothing much. But, then expresses the feeling that when one is out there, one doesn’t want to return to earth and once here, doesn’t want to leave and does despite the feelings.
“All this science I don’t understand?”
How is it possible that an astronaut lacks a science background? What it means is that the future call to Mars will not require the educated. And, it won’t be a privilage to be a part of the future space program although that is what it will be propagandized to be, appealing. Disney’s job is to make Mars appealing to the children of today so that by 2020, some will want at any cost to travel to Mars using film plots as bait.
The Bradbury story shows that the astronaut, or Rocket Man, is at the age where the son is 14 years of age. By the year 1994
“Son, don’t ever be a rocket man”
Ray Bradbury’s story indicates a bleak future for mankind. There is no description as to why the father must make daily trips in space. He does tell what he can without disclosing that his job may be for nefarious reasons to his son. The mother understands and by this time, can care less about her husbands return. She confides with the son that the father is a living dead person. The son seems to not anger. I found this peculiar as if Ray Bradbury is describing the truth about an emotionless society where truth and deception is the mode of existence.
Disney’s ‘Mars Needs Moms’
Wiki: In 1967, Taupin answered an advertisement placed in the UK music paper New Musical Express by Liberty Records, a company that was seeking new songwriters. Around the same time Elton John responded to the same advertisement, and the pair were brought together, collaborating on many projects since.
The box office dud, Mars Needs Moms, was an animated movie for children about aliens of Mars needing human mothers to help with their genetics program. This coincides with the line “…And there’s no one there to raise them…”. Aliens are not considered an entity to be a “one”… humans are. Aliens are ‘its’. The fact that the inspiration for the lyrics by Taupin have little to do with the actual story, but focuses on what may be the human reproduction factory on other planets such as Mars is a point of contention.
In 1971, journalist Penny Valentine wrote that “Bernie Taupin’s lyrics were to become as important as Elton John himself. Not just in their atmospheric qualities and descriptive powers, but in the way he handled words to form them into straightforward poems that were easy to relate to. The giant sunglasses were to represent the sun shield of a space helmet, the extravagance of the space cowboy in “Rocket Man”.
“It’s lonely out in space on such a timeless flight”
“We will fly people to Mars by 2020” – George H.W. Bush
George Bush, before leaving office, proclaimed many things. “Order out of Chaos” was one. The other “tell” is that NASA hasn’t ended their space program. They retired the Shuttle program, but the suspicion that a secret program is and has always been underway. If Captain Kaye told the truth about his military service for 17 years on Mars, then it checks out. Bush said that in five years from now of this posting that humans will travel to Mars means that it can’t happen by magic overnight. It means they are in the developmental stages or already have been traveling to Mars and other planets plus Earth’s moon. It’s simply a matter of official public disclosure when it’s time to employ lemmings into the space program and the delivery of human commodities. Factory farmed humans, slave labor, military personnel and so forth.
Bradbury’s story indicates that the father when a boy in 1997 could very will have had a son ten years later, Doug in this story, in 2006 and that by the 2020, the story Rocket Man takes place. This is the same year George Bush proposes that we will have an active space travel program to Mars and beyond. Was Ray Bradbury influenced by the visions of the occult?
What does “Zero hour nine a.m.” mean?
It could mean a few things. It could indicate the average time people have to punch into work. It could also be a media entertainment clue embedded in a song that would be popularized pointing a finger at 2001’s ground zero. The north Trade Tower was hit 15 minutes before 9:00am and the second tower shortly after. It’s anyone’s guess.
Bennie and the Jets
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
Hey kids, why don’t you 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
Taupin, in one string of verse, talks of six profound concepts unknown at the time the lyric was produced into a song featured on the album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, in 1973. It’s meaning may be perceived in different ways, however, I suspect that announcing to kids that, why not, adhere to the principles of those that have no faith.. in God perhaps.. that it was an invitation to draw the innocent over to the evil side using drugs, Bennies to lose track of time and sensibilities. Today, children are raised with decrepit and violent video games in which most of the scenarios involve merciless killings. The design and intent is to ultimately condition the offspring to end the lives of their very own parents. The song is asking that a fight brew in public… a war cry leading to revolution against our own citizens. Out goes diplomatic debate and in comes a brawl to prove humanity of our ancestors is not accepted by the secret society’s intent to have us destroy ourselves.