Sir Elton John has revealed that his song Crocodile Rock was written as a joke and swears not to sing it again after his farewell tour is over.
The musician, 74, named the hit song when asked which song he “ couldn’t escape ” from during an appearance on footballer Troy Deeney’s podcast last month.
He said Crocodile Rock was written as a ‘pastiche’, an imitation of rock and roll records from the 1950s and ’60s, and said he would’ throw a party ‘the last time he would sing it.
Performance: Sir Elton John revealed his song Crocodile Rock was written as a joke and swears not to sing it again once his farewell tour is over (pictured on tour in 2019)
During the interview, Troy asked Elton, ‘Is there a song you can’t escape? ”
He replied: “ The last time I have to sing [Crocodile Rock] I’m probably going to throw a party, ”he says. “But people love to hear it.
“ It was written as a kind of joke, like a pastiche, and it became a big hit and people love to sing along to it.
“So who am I to say ‘I’m not going to play’ because I play to amuse people and to entertain people.”
‘The last time I have to sing it I’m going to throw a party’: the musician, 74, said Crocodile Rock was written in 1972 as a ‘pastiche’, an imitation of early rock records and roll
However, he vowed never to play there again at the end of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour in 2023.
He continued, “ But I have to say when the last show is over at the end of the tour, I’m never going to sing that song again. ”
Crocodile Rock was released in 1972 and became Elton’s first American single, ensuring his success in the United States.
On the podcast, Elton also revealed that the lockdown inspired a fitness overhaul that had seen him walk 42 miles in his Berkshire estate’s pool over the past year.
Proclaiming he is’ the fittest I’ve been in a long time ‘, he vowed’ not to be overweight ‘once COVID restrictions are eased, adding that he’ feels good now that he’s exercising more.
Healthy: Elton also revealed the lockdown inspired a fitness overhaul that saw him walk 42 miles in his estate’s pool in the past year (pictured right in 2019)
Tube maker Tiny Dancer also spoke candidly about his battle with diabetes, adding that his weight went up and down “ like a yo-yo. ”
The father of two said: ‘Locked out I got really in good shape. I walk in the pool, I play tennis. I wanted to come out the other side not overweight
“When I go back on tour, I’ll be the fittest I’ve ever been.
Referring to the ‘shame’ that came with her past weight gain, Elton added: ‘A great shame comes from the way I have gained weight. It’s been with me my whole life.
Elton has openly discussed his diabetes, telling Troy, “ I have type B diabetes so I have to watch what I eat. ”
Yo-yo: Elton admitted that his weight has gone up and down over the years, telling Troy, “ A great shame comes from the way I gained weight. I go up and down like a yo-yo ‘(pictured in 2019)
Revealing the motivation behind the overhaul of his lifestyle, Elton pointed to the two children he shares with husband David Furnish: Zachary, ten, and Elijah, eight.
“I have two children whom I want to see and be as much as possible.
He continued, “ You have to do something to [weight gain] and sit down with a doctor or nutritionist and say “How should I do this?” It comes down to, what do you want for the rest of your life?
Candid: He said that despite his weight fluctuating in the past, he intends to keep it under control in the future (Photo left in 1994 and right in 2018)
Elton confessed: “I had a lot of help. “[My doctor said:] Elton, come together, do as you are told “and you will see the benefits.”
It comes after Elton attacked social media trolls last month.
Reflecting on how people can anonymously post racist and homophobic comments on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music 1 show in April, he said people “ are so cruel to each other ” and that something has to be done to stop it.
He said: ‘During the lockdown we saw social media being used to racially abuse people. Not only to be gay, but also racial.
“ People are so cruel to each other and that’s because they’re hiding behind their social posts or whatever they’re doing. If they had to write their names on it, they wouldn’t.
“ And I just think it’s horrible that people can write anonymous things about people who are gay, whether they are of another political persuasion, religious persuasion, or just just racial. ”
Challenges: The music icon shares her sons Zachary, 10, and Elijah, eight, with husband David Furnish, 58, and says they are the motivation behind her fitness (pictured in June 2020)