Eldorado (song)

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Eldorado single.jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Eldorado
ReleasedApril 1975 (US) B-side
May 1978 (UK) B-side
RecordedFebruary–August 1974
GenreProgressive rock, symphonic rock
Length5:17 (album)
4:50 (single)
LabelJet, United Artists
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Can't Get It Out of My Head"
"Evil Woman"
Eldorado track listing

"Eldorado" is the title track from the 1974 album of the same name by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The song was used as the B-side of the United States single "Boy Blue" in 1975 and later as the flip side to the UK hit single "Wild West Hero" in 1978.[1]

In the 2001 remastered album's liner notes, composer Jeff Lynne said, "This song is where the dreamer wakes up to reality, then decides he likes his dream world better and tries to get back to Eldorado."

The title track gained a certain notoriety when it was claimed by some Christian Fundamentalists that "Eldorado" contained some "satanic messages" when the record was played in reverse. Purportedly, the line in the song that went "Here it comes, another lonely day; Playing the game. I'll sail away; On a voyage of no return to see" was claimed to sound something like "He is the nasty one - Christ you're infernal - It is said we're dead men - Everyone who has the mark will live" when played backwards. Lynne denied these allegations, then further asserted his point to his accusers — in his typical tongue-in-cheek manner — by inserting an obviously and deliberately backmasked segment into ELO's next album (Face the Music), within the opening portions of the famous "Fire On High" track. He further satirised it by releasing an entire album strewn with backmasking.

The song was also covered by Fleming & John on the tribute album Lynne Me Your Ears.[2]


  1. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Wild West Hero (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  2. ^ Damas, Jason. "Lynne Me Your Ears: A Tribute to the Music of Jeff Lynne - Lynne Me Your Ears : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 March 2013.

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