“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Elton John
This is my favorite Elton John song of all-time, so I may have been bias putting it on here. However, what I love so much about “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” (aside from its perfect use in Almost Famous) is the meaning behind the song. Elton John describes all the people in New York as these money-obsessed or selfish and self-centered types who “know not if it’s dark outside or light,” but the thanks “the Lord for the people I have found.” Ultimately, what the song is trying to say, what is real message is, is to cherish the real, true people in your life, because there too many individuals out there who just want to control and feed on the weak. When you find love and friendship, hold onto it.
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