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According to the Levon Songfacts, the name "Levon" came from Levon Helm, the drummer and one of the lead singers of The Band. Elton and his lyricist, Bernie Taupin, were big fans of The Band.

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  • Avatar for Excrono
    This could also apply if the "son" lyric was accurate, in terms of a new generation wanting to follow their dreams toward a new path. However, the chorus makes me think the protagonist of the song and "Jesus" are actually referring to the same person.
  • Avatar for Excrono
    If you interpret "he calls his job Jesus", the meaning becomes clear. I know the official lyrics have this as "child" but it really doesn't sound like it the way Elton sing it. Perhaps this is a very subtle way of saying Levon thinks of his job as his "son" or greater legacy in life. Levon started out being someone devoted to the traditional family business (his father's family plan to pass the family business to Levon.) He stared from humble beginnings with no reason to think he could be anything else ("born from a pauper to a pawn") and society said dreams were dead ("when The New York Times said God was dead, and the war has begun"). His ambition to aspire to more eventually caused him to leave the person he was behind ("and Levon slowly died") and aspire to more in life using the work ethic he already know (floating to Venus on balloons he used to make a living).
  • Avatar for Leinad-95
    That this song is not a part of his "greatest hits" baffles me.
  • Avatar for sofielio
    I have to send out a shot to Mr. Bernie Taupin, a great lyricist. Thank you for your words.
  • Avatar for sofielio
    "Levon likes his money", and I like this song alot.
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  • Avatar for MIKEH3875
    definitely one of his most underrated tunes that gets overlooked by the bigger hit singles in his catalogue.
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  • Avatar for doctorjmo
    fm gold!!!
  • Avatar for Rockthemman
    I love elton john

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