Who Sang Better Off Dead? Elton John

Elton John Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy cover art
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Bernie Taupin, Elton John
release date: 1975-5-19
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Pop Rock/Classic Rock
length: 2:38
producer: Gus Dudgeon
piano: Elton John
lead vocals: Elton John
engineer: Jeff Guercio
background vocals: Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray
acoustic guitar: Davey Johnstone
triangle: Ray Cooper
drums (drum set): Nigel Olsson
bass guitar: Dee Murray
assistant engineer: Mark Guercio
There was a face on a hoarding that someone had drawn on
And just enough time for the night to pass by without warning
Away in the distance there's a blue flashing light
Someone's in trouble somewhere tonight
As the flickering neon stands ready to fuse
The wind blows away all of yesterday's news

Well they've locked up their daughters and they battened the hatches
They always could find us but they never could catch us
Through the grease streaked windows of an all night cafe
We watched the arrested get taken away
And that cigarette haze has ecology beat
As the whores and the drunks filed in from the street

Cause the steam's in the boiler, the coal's in the fire
If you ask how I am, then I'll just say inspired
If the thorn of a rose, is the thorn in your side
Then you're better off dead, if you haven't yet died

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
  • 2 Tower of Babel
  • 3 Bitter Fingers
  • 4 Tell Me When the Whistle Blows
  • 5 Someone Saved My Life Tonight
  • 6 (Gotta Get a) Meal Ticket
  • 7 Better Off Dead
  • 8 Writing
  • 9 We All Fall in Love Sometimes
  • 10 Curtains

  • Album Information
    label: MCA Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin