Elton John “Your Song”
This song has been submitted by poet Steve May. As he and his wife Pauline approach their 50th wedding anniversary he says this would always be “Their Song”. Music can be like that, totally personal. It achieves a meaning never intended by the singer.
The music for “Your Song” was written by Elton with lyrics by his longtime collaborator, Bernie Taupin. It originally appeared on Elton’s self-titled second studio album (which was released in 1970). Surprisingly the song only got to number seven on the UK Singles Chart.
Bernie Taupin wrote the song’s lyrics after breakfast one morning on the roof of 20 Denmark Street, London, where Elton worked for a music publishing firm as an office boy, hence the line “I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss”.
Steve told me about a time when travelling through Spain many years ago, he and Pauline camped out in a remote area. In the wee small hours of the morning, a motorbike suddenly started circling their tent and the pair of them lay terrified insideholding on to each other for dear life, when just as suddenly as it arrived, it disappeared.
Love grows in many ways, it comes from moments of joy and tenderness and it is also forged in the furnace of adversity.
Love is winter days and summer nights
Love is five star hotels and Spanish campsites
Love is a gourmet menu and beans on toast
Love is finishing last and a winning post
Love is listening and being heard
Love is rational and often absurd
Love comes in different shapes and sizes
Love is predictable and full of surprises
© Jeff Price October 2018