Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time
Rocketman - A Long Long Time

Rocketman - A Long Long Time

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The Inspiration: “Rocket Man” is a 1970s song by the renowned English singer Elton John. The lyrics of “Rocket Man” tell the story of an astronaut who is filled to the brim with mixed feelings about leaving his family and friends behind to embark on a mission to space. While in space, the lonely astronaut misses his wife back on Earth so much he can’t wait to get back home.

The lyrics of this iconic song were heavily inspired by a 1950s short story titled “The Rocket Man” by the late American author Ray Bradbury. Bradbury’s story is about an astronaut who is torn between going to space and being with his family. He dearly wants to be with his family yet he loves the stars in space.

On multiple occasions, the astronaut tries quitting his beloved job to spend time with his wife and kid (Doug). However, his obsession for the stars wouldn’t let him. But one day, he summons the courage to quit. But before doing so, he decides to go on one final trip to space. Sadly, during the trip, the rocket he’s flying in crashes into the sun killing him instantly. His wife and son become so overcome by sorrow that they spend the rest of their lives avoiding the sun. In so doing, the pair end up becoming nocturnal.

Lyrics from Elton John's 'Rocket Man' 

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine AM
And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It's lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight
And I think it's gonna be a long long time
'Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone
And I think it's gonna be a long long time
'Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone
Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact it's cold as hell
And there's no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I don't understand
It's…


The Scene: Blast off rocket man, blast off...


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