Between Seventeen and Twenty

Between Seventeen and Twenty is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, the eleventh track on his 1976 album Blue Moves. Many believe that the song is about Bernie Taupin's then-wife Maxine Feibelman, for whom he wrote one of John's most known songs, "Tiny Dancer". At the time of making the album, Bernie and Maxine divorced, as she had fallen for Elton's new bassist, Kenny Passarelli. Bernie was a close friend of Passarelli at the time, which can be seen in the lyric:

"I wonder who's sleeping in your sheets tonight, whose head rests upon the bed"
"Could it be a close friend I knew so well, who seems to be so close to you instead"

The title refers to the age difference between Bernie and Maxine. He was 20 years old when he met her, and she was 17. Some also believe that the song is in fact written about Elton, as Bernie were 17 when he met Elton, who was then 20. Shortly after the release of the album, Elton and Bernie decided to take a break from each other.

The songs has not appeared on any other albums.


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