Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player

Mercury Records Limited
Release date
30 Apr 2007
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Daniel 3:54 257,517
2 Teacher I Need You 4:09 9,430
3 Elderberry Wine 3:33 9,870
4 Blues For My Baby And Me 5:42 7,108
5 Midnight Creeper 3:53 7,438
6 Have Mercy On The Criminal 5:57 9,210
7 I'm Going To Be A Teenage Idol 3:55 2,386
8 Texan Love Song 3:33 7,692
9 Crocodile Rock 3:56 291,807
10 High Flying Bird 4:27 21,666
11 Screw You (Young Man's Blues) 4:44 7,929
12 Jack Rabbit 1:53 7,938
13 Whenever You're Ready (We'll Go Steady Again) 2:57 8,059
14 Skyline Pigeon (Piano Version) 3:51 2,923

About this album

Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player is the sixth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John.

This was Elton’s second straight #1 album in America and yielded his first #1 single there - “Crocodile Rock”. According to writer Philip Norman, Elton’s friend Groucho Marx jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton John during a get together in California as if holding a pair of six-shooters. Elton John put up his hands and said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player,” so naming the album. Along with “Crocodile Rock” Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player contained more songs with a pop flavour, including “Elderberry Wine” (the B-side of the “Crocodile Rock” single), “I’m Gonna Be a Teenage Idol”, and “Teacher I Need You”. Many long-time fans however, lamented this change, wishing he had stayed true to his original roots of simple piano ballads which were the staple on most of his earlier albums. The album contained two top-ten U.S. pop singles, “Daniel” and “Crocodile Rock”, with the latter reaching number one. It sold about 14 million copies worldwide. This is the one of only two albums to feature the band of Elton John, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson without percussionist Ray Cooper. The other album is Breaking Hearts.

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  • Blacknuz

    I agree with freddyizbadd, and must add Have Mercy on the Criminal.

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • eMarc37

    True. E-pianos are slightly gay. *g*

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • westfield72

    Daniel would have been 1000 times better if he'd played it on piano. utterly amazing song though

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • CU2005

    This whole album is great. The material is as good as that on Yellow Brick Road.

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
  • dropdtuna

    Love Elderberry Wine ,it was the B side of Crock-Rock on 45rpm

    8 Dec 2008 Reply
  • barole

    One reason for the low count for "Blues..." is that the title is wrong. There is no "My" in the title

    18 Aug 2008 Reply
  • TBarlass

    Elderberry Wine is terrific and should have more plays as well.

    28 Mar 2008 Reply
  • freddyizbadd

    Besides the obvious popular songs from this album.. My faves are Teacher I Need You, Blues for My Baby and Me and High Flying Bird. Bonus track fave, piano version of Skyline Pigeon.

    22 Jan 2008 Reply
  • bgiddy

    I agree. It's a shame to see such a lack of play for all of the other great songs on this fantastic album. Peace.

    24 Feb 2007 Reply
  • PeopleEveryday

    Best album ever.

    25 Jun 2006 Reply