John Lennon’s “Imagine” was easy: it denied the existence of heaven and hell.
But was Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” banned because it mentioned beer, because the word “lover” suggested that he had a boyfriend (like "Me and Julio"), or because of the rather blatant bulge on the album cover?
We concluded that Elton John’s “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road” was banned because of the reference to “vodka and tonic.” But one day my friend Janice told me the real reason.
Every night after altar call, boys and girls were expected to pair up and "take a walk" through the woods. After a few days of hand-on-shoulder sympathy and "You'll find someone!", I asked Janice to "take a walk." As we passed the huddled bodies of boy and girls kissing, I heard the song coming from someone's transistor radio, and sang along. “You know you can’t hold me forever – I didn’t sign on with you. I’m not a present for your friends to open. . . .”
“Cool it!” Mary exclaimed. “You shouldn’t be singing about fairies here.”
“It’s not about fairies,” I protested. “It’s about Elton John being disillusioned with fame.”
"Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road" about being a fairy? I didn't believe it.
But that fall -- a few days after I first heard the word "gay" on Alice -- I saw the October 6th, 1976 issue of Rolling Stone, with Elton John stating that he was bisexual. When I figured out what the word meant, I knew that Janice was right.
But he doesn't regret being gay. He's tired of wearing the mask, pretending that he is heterosexual, always being anxious and insecure and sad -- "This boy's too young to be singing the blues."