From 1985, it was a hit for the artist, but also musically a rather dated sounding ’80s tune. Lyrically, it takes unrequited love to the Cold War and could be interpreted as anti-communist. And if you read on, has a unique sexual twist to it!
But back to the Cold War: Elton sings about his love for a beautiful East German border guard. Yet, he can’t be with her since he can’t get across the Berlin Wall:
There are many references in the lyrics suggesting that it’s not so great on the other side: it’s cold, there are soldiers and gates and guns. Elton wonders if Nikita will ever know the freedom of the West (“And if you’re free to have a choice/Just look towards the West and find a friend”). I can easily imagine Ronald Reagan making such a speech, apart from being friends.
Of course, we now know that in a few short years, the Berlin Wall would fall.
Given his homosexuality, my guess is nope. Then again, Nikita, in Russian, is a male name!
(Which made you have another look at the pictures of Nikita, didn’t you?)
Footnote: George Michael sings backup vocals. The video’s director, Ken Russell, also directed the Who’s filmed version of their rock opera, Tommy.
Also by Elton John from politicaltunes: I’m Still Standing