School's In Top Ten: Teacher I Need You (#4)
By Four Walls
August 21, 2017 10:06pm CST
It's time for another song that has something to do with schools, in celebration (at least, for the parents ) of the start of the new school year. Here's the next song on the countdown, and this one should be no surprise whatsoever (in fact, I don't think any of the top four will shock anyone). #4: Teacher I Need You - Elton John What a great song. Last week @TheHorse wrote a discussion about the increasing news about teachers having sex with their students. As this gem from 1972 proves, the kids have been dreaming about it for longer than the recent boom in reporting about it. Here Elton took a very typical event -- student's crush on a teacher (go back and watch things like Leave It to Beaver and you'll see this storyline) -- and went further. Instead of just the child/adult respect-turned-infatuation, Elton sings about how he wants to "focus my attention on some further education in connection with the birdies and the bees." The sad thing is that we can't look at a song like this innocently anymore (much like another Elton song, "Think I'm Going to Kill Myself," which was obviously tongue-in-cheek ["I'll make an exception, if you want to save my life, Bridget Bardot gotta come and see me every night"]). When a song opens with a line like, "I was sitting in the classroom trying to look intelligent in case the teacher looked at me" and it shifts in the last verse to "I'm sitting in the classroom, I'm looking like a zombie" you know it's not serious. But we can't be too sure today. Eyeroll. Teacher I Need You Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin Recorded by Elton John From Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player, 1972 I've got Errol Flynn advances:
On Elton John's 1973 album "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player" (recorded in France in 1972). In his vocal Elton was imitating 1950s teen idol Bobby Ve...
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