Covid Island Discs
Day 362: Crocodile Rock, Elton John
Countdown to the year anniversary of Covid Island Discs T -5
Like the song Daniel (Covid Island Discs Day 134), Crocodile Rock was a song that also was in that Hydro Majestic hotel’s Jukebox and one that my brother and I played over again and again as we played the pinball machines which were also in the same little room that was designed to keep the children of the hotel guests amused.
Yet this song also holds another memory for me and that is I took this tune and wrote my own words to the song about what it was like to be a pupil of St Andrews Cathedral School which at the time was an all boys school in Sydney. This song was of course designed to get laughs and a group of us performed it at my year 12 formal with Grae McWhirter on piano.
The chorus of my silly song, which I guess today might be considered inappropriate, although in its context, it was having a go at the narrow Australian male stereotype rather than being in any way homophobic went: “St Andrews you taught how to tell the difference between good and bad, difference between boys and girls and between mums and dads, PD* classes with Mr May, taught how sport prevented gays, wonder what year 7 learn today?“
*PD stood for Personal Development