Ice on Fire Album

Artist(s): Elton John

Cover Art

Elton John Ice on Fire Cover Art

Tracklist

This Town

length: 3:56
producer: Gus Dudgeon
piano: Elton John
vocal: Elton John
trumpet: Paul Spong and Raul D'Oliveira
mixer: Gus Dudgeon and Graham Dickson
engineer: Stuart Epps
electric guitar: Davey Johnstone
bass: Paul Westwood
background vocals: Sister Sledge
tenor saxophone: David Bitelli
trombone: Rick Taylor
synthesizer: Fred Mandel
baritone saxophone: David Bitelli
drums (drum set): Charlie Morgan
assistant mixer: Tom Pearce
horn: Onward International Horns
horn arranger: David Bitelli
composer: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin

It's closing time the boys are all together at the bar
Staring in their glasses
Looks like another layoff at the yard

Yesterday I heard union hall come down
They hit it with a wrecking ball
And they try but nothing changes in this town

Cap in hand stood in line
Your family ties are the chains that bind
The endless wheel goes round and round
Chances are you'll never leave this town
Oh oh no

Like a river now the empty streets are flooded out with rain
It's falling on the playground
While the kids get wet playing the same old games

Locked away so many things remind them of war
They tap the pavement with their canes
The good old days ain't so good no more

Cry to Heaven

length: 4:17
producer: Gus Dudgeon
piano: Elton John
vocal: Elton John
mixer: Graham Dickson and Gus Dudgeon
engineer: Stuart Epps
bass: Paul Westwood
keyboard: Fred Mandel
drums (drum set): Charlie Morgan
assistant mixer: Tom Pearce
Spanish acoustic guitar: Davey Johnstone
guitar synthesizer: Davey Johnstone
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
composer: Elton John
I found a black beret on the street today
It was lying in the gutter all torn
There's a white flag flying on a tall building
But the kids just watch the storm

Their dirty faces pressed on the windows
Shattered glass before their eyes
There's a mad dog barking in a burned out subway
Where the sniper sleeps at night

No birthday songs to sing again
Just bricks and stones to give them
Wrap them up in your father's flags
And let them cry to heaven

There are many graves by a cold lake
As the beds were when your babies are born
And your rag doll sits with a permanent grin
But the kids just watch the storm

I saw a black cat tease a white mouse
Until he killed it with his claws
Seems a lot of countries do the same thing
Before they go to war

Soul Glove

length: 3:32
producer: Gus Dudgeon
piano: Elton John
vocal: Elton John
trumpet: Raul D'Oliveira and Paul Spong
mixer: Gus Dudgeon and Graham Dickson
engineer: Stuart Epps
electric guitar: Davey Johnstone
bass: Deon Estus
background vocals: Davey Johnstone, Kiki Dee, Katie Kissoon, Alan Carvell and Pete Wingfield
keyboard: Fred Mandel
tenor saxophone: Bob Sydor and David Bitelli
trombone: Rick Taylor
bass trombone: Rick Taylor
congas: Frank Ricotti
strings arranger: James Newton Howard
drums (drum set): Mel Gaynor
tambourine: Frank Ricotti
shakers: Frank Ricotti
assistant mixer: Tom Pearce
horn: Onward International Horns
horn arranger: Gus Dudgeon and David Bitelli
composer: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
You say today was not so easy
Pressure tends to get the best of you
Well don't let them break your spirit
Keep the faith and you will come on through

And I'll head home for the weekend
You're tired and you know I'll understand
Just be waiting on the front steps baby when I get there
And take a giant step into my hands

And slip into my soul glove
Pull it on we got a tight fit
Never take it off
And baby if the seam's rough
And honey if the skin's soft
You and me we go together
Oh like a soul glove

Look at me don't you believe me
Cheating hangs a noose around your neck
To shave in someone else's mirror
Is one desire I haven't dreamed of yet

But I'll head home for the weekend
You're tired and you know I'll understand
Just be waiting on the front steps baby when I get there
And take a giant step into my hands

Nikita

length: 5:44
producer: Gus Dudgeon
lead vocals: Elton John
vocal: Elton John
mixer: Graham Dickson and Gus Dudgeon
engineer: Stuart Epps
electric guitar: Nik Kershaw
background vocals: Elton John, Davey Johnstone and George Michael
electric bass guitar: David Paton
synthesizer: Fred Mandel
drums (drum set): Dave Mattacks
assistant mixer: Tom Pearce
voice synthesizer & grand piano: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
composer: Elton John
Hey Nikita is it cold
In your little corner of the world
You could roll around the globe
And never find a warmer soul to know

Oh I saw you by the wall
Ten of your tin soldiers in a row
With eyes that looked like ice on fire
The human heart a captive in the snow

Oh Nikita you will never know, anything about my home
I'll never know how good it feels to hold you
Nikita I need you so
Oh Nikita is the other side of any given line in time
Counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Oh no, Nikita you'll never know

Do you ever dream of me
Do you ever see the letters that I write
When you look up through the wire
Nikita do you count the stars at night

And if there comes a time
Guns and gates no longer hold you in
And if you're free to make a choice
Just look towards the west and find a friend

Oh Nikita you will never know, anything about my home
I'll never know how good it feels to hold you
Nikita I need you so
Oh Nikita is the other side of any given line in time
Counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Oh no, Nikita you'll never know

Oh Nikita you will never know, anything about my home
I'll never know how good it feels to hold you
Nikita I need you so
Oh Nikita is the other side of any given line in time
Counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Oh no, Nikita you'll never know

Nikita counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Nikita counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Nikita counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Nikita

Too Young

length: 5:13
producer: Gus Dudgeon
lead vocals: Elton John
mixer: Gus Dudgeon and Graham Dickson
engineer: Stuart Epps
electric guitar: Davey Johnstone
bass: John Deacon
background vocals: Katie Kissoon, Davey Johnstone, Pete Wingfield, Alan Carvell and Kiki Dee
grand piano: Elton John
synthesizer: Fred Mandel
drums (drum set): Roger Taylor
cymbal: Frank Ricotti
assistant mixer: Tom Pearce
electronic drum set: Gus Dudgeon
snare drum: Dave Mattacks
timpani: Frank Ricotti
writer: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
Your mother's eyes look straight through me
Whenever we meet
Your father swears it'll never be
As long as he breaths

And how many times have they told you
That you're too young
How, how I've ached to hold you
But you're too young

If we don't buy what's right or wrong
Then we are sinners
We were never two to tag along
But we were always winners

And how many people, have told you
That you're too young
And how many jealous hands would love to hold you
Cause you're too young

Well you're too young to love me
And I'm too old for you
At least that's what they tell us
It's in their book of rules
That you're too young, too young baby you're too young

We could try it for a while
But they'd get us in the long run
They say that you're too young, baby you're too young

Wrap Her Up

length: 6:07
composer: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
writer: Paul Westwood, Charlie Morgan, Davey Johnstone, Fred Mandel
There are ladies, illegal X's
Mona Lisa's, well connected

They may be shady, English roses
Blue blooded, turn up noses

Money talks, see what it catches
Postage paid, no strings attached

She's a honey, she's a tramp
Roaring twenties, molls and vamps

[Chorus]
Wrap her up, I'll take her home with me
Wrap her up, she is all I need
Wrap her up, I only got one chance
Beast and beauties, but they all can dance

Wrap her up, I'll take her home with me
Wrap her up, she is all I need
Wrap her up, give her to me
Wrap her up

Is she foreign, legs eleven
Italian girls, take me to heaven

You pretty babies, from Paris France
Crazy horses, love to dance

[Chorus]

Give her to me, wrap her up
I'll take her home with me, wrap her up
She is all I need, wrap her up
I only got one chance, beast and beauties
But they all can dance

Wrap her up, I'll take her home with me
Wrap her up, she is all I need
Wrap her up, give her to me

Satellite

length: 3:57
writer: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
Well you come on like a comet, ideas in your head
Starving for affection, waiting to be fed

Crazy like a full moon, eyes open wide
Taking in everything you need to stay alive

Who leads who, who knows where
If you leave me now will I see you again

I'm telling you love bites
Like a satellite
Going round and round
It's something, something you can't fight
Oh in the daylight
And even in the dark night
I want you to surround me
Surround me like a satellite

Oh you move like a shadow of your own design
Do you want to trap me in between the lines

I don't walk on water if you think I can
If you want a miracle call up a Superman

Are we there
Is this love
Is this a space race
That we're both part of

Tell Me What the Papers Say

length: 3:41
producer: Gus Dudgeon
piano: Elton John
vocal: Elton John
mixer: Graham Dickson and Gus Dudgeon
engineer: Stuart Epps
electric guitar: Davey Johnstone
bass: David Paton
background vocals: Kiki Dee, Katie Kissoon, Pete Wingfield, Alan Carvell and Davey Johnstone
keyboard: Fred Mandel
drums (drum set): Dave Mattacks
assistant mixer: Tom Pearce
writer: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
I spy headlines, newsprint tells lies
Tell me what the papers say
Save lives don't drive, everybody's got to die someday
At least that's what the papers say

Coal mines closed down
Nobody's working underground today
More jails, peace for sale
Japanese still killing whales
Teen dreams
On two inch screens
Lipstick boys all look like queens
Least that's what the papers say

I spy headlines, newsprint tells lies
Tell me what the papers say
Save lives don't drive, everybody's got to die someday
Least that's what the papers say

Dope and pills, guns kill
Death just buys cheap thrills
Coal mines, closed down
Nobody's working underground today

Teen dreams, on two inch screens
Lipstick boys all look like queens
Least that's what the papers say

Candy by the Pound

length: 3:57
producer: Gus Dudgeon
vocal: Elton John
trumpet: Raul D'Oliveira and Paul Spong
mixer: Gus Dudgeon and Graham Dickson
engineer: Stuart Epps
electric guitar: Davey Johnstone
bass: David Paton
background vocals: Kiki Dee, Davey Johnstone, Katie Kissoon, Pete Wingfield and Alan Carvell
tenor saxophone: Pete Thomas and Nick Pentelow
trombone: Chris Pyne and Rick Taylor
synthesizer: Elton John
baritone saxophone: David Bitelli
drums (drum set): Dave Mattacks
assistant mixer: Tom Pearce
vibraphone: Frank Ricotti
horn: Onward International Horns
horn arranger: Rick Taylor and David Bitelli
writer: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
Well I'm keeping off the streets since you came to town
Since you claimed my heart from the lost and found
I have said goodbye to my fooling around
Now you and me babe we got candy by the pound
You and me babe we got candy by the pound

Well I never knew it could feel so good
Be the king of the hill in my neighbourhood
Rain on my roof what a sweet sound
Oh with you underneath it's like candy by the pound
With you underneath it's like candy by the pound

You can tell everybody that this girl of mine
Is sweeter than the grapes hanging from the vine
Love like wine honey drinking till I drown
Keep it coming baby like candy by the pound

Oh no what's come over me
If I am dreaming then let me sleep
Oh wow I'm heaven bound
Love is getting sweeter than candy by the pound

Now I'm ducking in the alley of common sense
Hiding from the claws of my old girl friend
She's screaming murder beating my door down
While I'm right behind it I'm eating candy by the pound
I'm right behind it eating I'm candy by the pound

Shooting Down the Moon

producer: Gus Dudgeon
piano: Elton John
vocal: Elton John
mixer: Gus Dudgeon and Graham Dickson
engineer: Stuart Epps
arranger: Gus Dudgeon and Fred Mandel
bass: Pino Palladino
synthesizer: Fred Mandel
assistant mixer: Tom Pearce
composer: Elton John
lyricist: Bernie Taupin
Oh no I don't want it
You can take it all
I'll put my money where my mouth is
Put your suitcase in the hall

Oh you robbed me blind
Of what little hope remained
You put a gun to my head
A bullet through my brain

You can't shoot down the moon
Some things never change
We can build a bridge between us
But the empty space remains

You can't shoot down the moon
Some things never change
We can build a bridge between us
But the empty space remains

Just as long as you're around
We live on borrowed time
I'll put my money where my mouth is
You're guilty at the scene of the crime

I never say more than I need
The mystery runs deep
The dangers buried below
The secrets that you keep