Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

Have you ever had a song get stuck in your head? Most of the time it’s probably a song you can’t stand. You try and try to get it out of your head, but the trying only makes it worse, am I right? But occasionally, the stuck song is something you like, so you don’t mind so much. This happened to me this week.

I love the song “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It’s a song that I never really thought of before, but I liked to listen to it when I heard it. I started to pay more attention to it when it was featured in the movie “Almost Famous”. If you haven’t seen the movie, go watch it; it’s a good one. Anyway, the song got stuck in my head this weekend and I could not get it out of there. So, I took to You Tube and Google to try and blast so much of it into my head hoping it would go away. It didn’t, LOL, so I decided to write about it.

I first went to You Tube and listened to the various recordings by different artists that have covered the song. My favorite version is still the original, but there are a few others I like…and a few I don’t. Heart has a great live version. Neil was the one who introduced me to that. He is always on the tube watching to all sorts of things and every so often he shows me something that catches my fancy. Yesterday, I discovered The Killers version. I dug that too. A version I did not like was Mandy Moore’s cover. She has a nice voice, but she wasn’t able to grab the disillusionment behind the lyrics. It had all the angst of a Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello beach movie.

And that is what the song is really all about…disillusionment. Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics to Elton John’s melodies, was writing about his first experiences in New York. It didn’t meet the expectations he had about his first time in the city. People rushing around, all about work, work, work and never slowing down. Always off to catch the next thing and “They know not if it’s dark outside or light.” They are out just for themselves, and “You stand at the edge while people run you through.” Not a pretty picture.

But just when you think the song is all dark and lonely, you hear this line, “And I thank the Lord there’s people out there like you.” There is light in the darkness. There is hope out there. There are people here specifically for you, to comfort you, to help you through the rough times and to just run around and have fun with. I go through bouts of depression every so often. Doesn’t happen a lot and I don’t need medication for it; I just get the blues from time to time. I just stick to myself, and my thoughts will bum me out. And I thank the Lord there are people out there to see me through it.

The song is dark, but there is light in it. Just like everything else out there. Things may look grim, and you don’t know where to turn…look for the light. You can find the light just about anywhere, but you have to look for it. Look for the light.

***Question for the comments…Do you have a song that hits you like this song does me?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

5 thoughts on “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

  1. REALLY?! 🎶there’s a light…lii-hii-ght…in. The darkness…of ev-ery body’s liiife🎶 well, there’s MY earworm for the day. Thanks. Thanks. A lot! 🎶I’m a muscle fa-an!🎶

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