Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - 1973


Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is a classic hit by the renowned British musician Elton John. Released in 1973, this song is not only a significant part of Elton John's musical legacy but also an essential piece in the history of rock music. The song features on the album of the same name, which is often considered one of the greatest albums in the history of rock.

Background of the Song

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was written by Elton John and his long-time collaborator, Bernie Taupin. The song is known for its poignant lyrics and memorable melody. It is a ballad that contrasts the seemingly glamorous life of a musician with the longing for a simpler, more authentic life.

Composition and Lyrics

The song features a complex arrangement, blending rock with pop and a hint of classical influences. The lyrics of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" are rich in imagery and metaphors, drawing parallels to the story of "The Wizard of Oz" and reflecting themes of disillusionment and the desire to return to one's roots.

Impact and Legacy

Since its release, the song has become an anthem of sorts, resonating with audiences for its emotional depth and musicality. It has been covered by numerous artists and remains a staple in Elton John's live performances. The album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is often listed among the greatest albums ever made, showcasing Elton John's versatility and musical genius.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" released? (1973) (!1970) (!1975) (!1969)

What is the main theme of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"? (Desire to return to a simpler life) (!The glamour of fame) (!A romantic relationship) (!The adventures of touring)

Which famous story is referenced in the lyrics of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"? ("The Wizard of Oz") (!"Alice in Wonderland") (!"Peter Pan") (!"Cinderella")

Who wrote the lyrics for "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"? (Bernie Taupin) (!John Lennon) (!Paul McCartney) (!Mick Jagger)

What style of music is "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" primarily considered? (Rock) (!Jazz) (!Country) (!R&B)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

In what country was Elton John born? (United Kingdom) (!United States) (!Australia) (!Canada)

Which instrument is Elton John most famous for playing? (Piano) (!Guitar) (!Drums) (!Saxophone)

What is Elton John's birth name? (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) (!Edward Christopher Sheeran) (!Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) (!David Robert Jones)

Which of these songs is NOT by Elton John? (!"Candle in the Wind") (!"Tiny Dancer") (!"Rocket Man") ("Bohemian Rhapsody")

In which decade did Elton John achieve his first success in the music industry? (1970s) (!1960s) (!1980s) (!1990s)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Complete the lyric: "So goodbye yellow brick road, where the ___" (dogs of society howl) (!dreams of tomorrow start) (!stars of yesterday shine) (!roads of fortune lie)

Which of the following is a recurring theme in the lyrics of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"? (Disillusionment) (!Romantic love) (!Political protest) (!Celebration of fame)

The lyrics "I'm going back to my plough" suggest a desire to: (Return to simpler roots) (!Pursue a new career) (!Travel the world) (!Gain fame and fortune)

Which animal is mentioned in the song's lyrics? (Dog) (!Cat) (!Horse) (!Bird)

The line "Beyond the yellow brick road" implies: (A journey beyond fantasy and fame) (!A literal road made of bricks) (!A happy, trouble-free life) (!A return to childhood innocence)


Elton John's birth name Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Year "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was released 1973
Main instrument Elton John plays Piano
Lyricist of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Bernie Taupin
Reference in the song's lyrics "The Wizard of Oz"

Open Tasks


  1. Explore Elton John's Discography: Create a playlist of five Elton John songs that span different periods of his career. Share what you notice about the evolution of his music style.
  2. Design an Album Cover: Design your own album cover for "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." Think about how to visually represent the themes of the song.
  3. Write a Poem: Write a poem inspired by the themes of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," focusing on the contrast between fame and simplicity.


  1. Compare and Contrast: Compare "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" with another Elton John song in terms of themes, lyrics, and music composition.
  2. Music Analysis: Analyze the musical structure of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." Discuss elements like melody, harmony, and rhythm.
  3. Explore The Wizard of Oz References: Research "The Wizard of Oz" and write about how its themes are reflected in "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."


  1. Musical Interpretation: Compose a piece of music or song that captures the essence of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," using different instruments or music software.
  2. In-depth Lyrics Analysis: Conduct a detailed analysis of the lyrics of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," exploring themes, metaphors, and literary references.
  3. Create a Short Film: Create a short film that interprets the themes and messages of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." Consider using visuals and dialogue to convey the song's meaning.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Role of Collaboration: Discuss the impact of the collaboration between Elton John and Bernie Taupin on the creation of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
  2. Analyze Cultural Impact: Analyze the cultural and historical significance of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" in the context of the 1970s music scene.
  3. Compare Musical Eras: Compare the musical style and themes of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" with contemporary music. What has changed and what remains similar?
  4. Personal Connection: Discuss your personal interpretation of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and how it connects to your own life experiences or observations.
  5. Exploring Musical Genres: Discuss how "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" blends different musical genres and the effect this has on the song's overall impact.

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