Elton John – Nikita

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.

Would Elton and Nikita get together?

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


4 thoughts on “Elton John – Nikita

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  3. Enter stage left, Elton John, his flamboyant, often outrageous outfits, were overshadowed by his timeless musical talent and uninhibited taste for jewellery. A stylist, songwriter and outlandish showman, no one ever left a concert in disappointment. To have your jewellery in his radar is an honour and privilege. The perfect ambassador to glam rock he reckoned with his own ego traversing stages all over the world delighting audiences with his soulful music. Amongst his collaborators in the field of dress style, are, David Bowie Brian Ferry and the originator Marc Bolan…

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