Elton John’s ’84 “Saturday Night’s Alright” Performance Will Make You Feel Alive
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In 1984, the great Elton John wowed Wembley Stadium with classic “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” and took the crowd by storm with his upbeat and fast paced vocals and unforgettable piano skills. The original goal for this song was to create his first ever English rock song and man, he really hit out of the park with this one.
“Don’t give us none of your aggravation, we had it with your discipline. Saturday night’s alright for fighting, get a little action in…”
Songwriter Bernie Taupin wrote this song about his former years, inspired by the social tiffs that would arise at bars in his teens– which Elton was not a part of. Whether they meant to rile fans while listening, this is just one of those songs that you want to throw your body in different directions during that really takes ahold of you.
Interesting Fact:In the liner notes to Elton John’s boxed set, it explains that he recorded his vocal while leaping around and “going crazy.” It was the first time Elton recorded a vocal standing up, and he made the most out of it.
The greatest part of the performance? When Elton gets on top of the piano and starts to take off his jacket and swing it around his head. This has to be one of the greatest live performances we have ever seen of Elton!
Although it seems as though Elton is a bit “out of it” during this performance, he is always wonderful and always will be. “Saturday Night’s Alright” is just one of those feel good songs you can really lose yourself to and we will for a long, long time. Enjoy!
+ Saturday Night’s Alright Lyrics +
It’s getting late have you seen my mates
Ma tell me when the boys get here
It’s seven o’clock and I want to rock
Want to get a belly full of beer
My old man’s drunker than a barrel full of monkeys
And my old lady she don’t care
My sister looks cute in her braces and boots
A handful of grease in her hair
Don’t give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night’s alright for fighting
Get a little action in
Get about as oiled as a diesel train
Gonna set this dance alight
`Cause Saturday night’s the night I like
Saturday night’s alright alright alright
Well they’re packed pretty tight in here tonight
I’m looking for a dolly who’ll see me right
I may use a little muscle to get what I need
I may sink a little drink and shout out “She’s with me!”
A couple of the sound that I really like
Are the sounds of a switchblade and a motorbike
I’m a juvenile product of the working class
Whose best friend floats in the bottom of a glass