Levon (5:22)

Cover of Madman Across The Water

From Madman Across The Water and 22 other releases

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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Levon wears his war wound like a crown
He calls his child Jesus
'Cause he likes the name
And he sends him to the finest school in town

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  • 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.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • 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).

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Leinad-95

    That this song is not a part of his "greatest hits" baffles me.

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sofielio

    I have to send out a shot to Mr. Bernie Taupin, a great lyricist. Thank you for your words.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sofielio

    "Levon likes his money", and I like this song alot.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Lindsey191


    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    definitely one of his most underrated tunes that gets overlooked by the bigger hit singles in his catalogue.

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Liloucat


    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    fm gold!!!

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Rockthemman

    I love elton john

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • abunono

    By fire,sun and moon,harken now and hear us

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • aabowman

    Always has been SUCH a great song. so much more emotional since Levon Helm's death.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    RIP Levon...EJ should do a " Candle In The Wind"-like version for Levon!!!

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • redtidefred

    can't fine a bad track by EJ,he take it on a new plane..........

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • rikrijean


    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • tzadick1

    Greatest song ever.

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mike1048

    another elton classic

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • rockmetalrules

    my fav elton song. love it!!

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
  • lucy304

    One of my fav EJ song's..........

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • dangergirl717

    Love this song~

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
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