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Island Girl - Taupin and John

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I see your teeth flash, Jamaican honey so sweet

Down where Lexington cross 47th Street

She's a big girl, she's standing six foot three

Turning tricks for the dudes in the big city

Island girl

What you wanting with the white man's world

Island girl

Black boy want you in his island world

He want to take you from the racket boss

He want to save you but the cause is lost

Island girl, island girl, island girl

Tell me what you wanting with the white man's world

She's black as coal but she burn like a fire

And she wrap herself around you like a well worn tire

You feel her nail scratch your back just like a rake

He one more gone, he one more John who make the mistake

Island Girl from the album Rock Of The Westies

Elton John and Bernie Taupin are one of the most prolific songwriting tandems of all time; joining Lerner and Lowe, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards in hit-making capability.

Responding to an ad for Liberty Records talent search in 1966, both were rejected by Liberty, but when John's "audition" was to put a few of Taupin's lyrics to music, the partnership was formed. Meeting on their own 6 months later and honing their skills together every since, the two collaborators are responsible for 25 original music albums (many more when you factor in compilation albums.) Their 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was the first album EVER to debut at number one on the Billboard music chart. In addition, the very next album, Rock of the Westies, also broke in at number one! The song Island Girl was the only singles hit from that uniquely honored album.

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