“It’s A Little Bit Funny…”

Blog 1354 – 06.04.2019

“It’s A Little Bit Funny…”

That is the first phrase of a song I have known and loved since nineteen seventy when it was first released by the incomparable musical genius and performer Elton John. I cried like a baby during the whole song in the new movie just out about Elton, Rocketman, when my wife and I saw it Sunday. Three very touching things, and there were many more, in that movie will be the subjects of this and two other blogs this week. First this wonderful song:

Verse 1]

It’s a little bit funny, this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide

I don’t have much money, but, boy, if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, heh, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much, but it’s the best I can do

My gift is my song, and this one’s for you


And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple, but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind, I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

[Verse 2]

I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss

Well, a few of the verses, well, they’ve got me quite cross

But the sun’s been quite kind while I wrote this song
It’s for people like you that keep it turned on

So excuse me forgetting, but these things I do

You see, I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue

Anyway, the thing is, what I really mean

Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen.

(My Gift Is My song, sung and composed by Elton John words by Bernie Taupin.)

I consider myself a writer and a singer and I wish I had written those words, Elton’s marvelous music, and could put them together as completely and as sweetly as he does. Admitting my inability to do those things I am content to tell you, Elton and Bernie, and the whole world, how much that song and so many others that you two collaborated on, have touched and moved my heart, and I am sure millions of other people’s as well. Even admitting that my singing ability is nothing to compare with Elton’s nor the actor who played him in the movie, here is my Mockingbird Version of that marvelous song.


This movie, Rocketman, has a few shocking (to some perhaps) moments and more than a few very sad heart-breaking moments. A little bit funny it is even in places but I believe anyone who stays all the way to the ending credits will be entertained, encouraged, and enlightened by it. Do read the next two blogs where I will give you two more reasons why I think that.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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