There is always a time and a place for great songs to appear. Then years-old, lyricist Bernie Taupin scribbled down the stark, simple and poetic words one morning in There is a magical innocence that is forever embedded in the lyrics. Lyrically, the love song is drawn with vague references to an unnamed lover. Taupin claimed the song was written with no one particular lover in mind, while John has often commented that it is based on an ex-girlfriend of his.
No sooner has Taupin contemplated a shave in the bathroom mirror, than Elton has bashed out a melody and finished the song. We went into the room where the piano was and just hammered it out. It came out in about 20 minutes, and when I was done, I called him in and we both knew. If the lyrics sound naive, it's because they were: Taupin was only 17 when he wrote them, and had never experienced romantic love — not really. So he put down his idea of what it might be like on to paper. That was exactly what I was feeling. John had been making headlines in the US thanks to a run of incendiary performances at legendary LA venue The Troubadour.
It was written by John and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. Both songs received airplay, but "Your Song" was preferred by disc jockeys and replaced "Take Me to the Pilot" as the A-side, eventually making it to number eight on the Billboard chart. The song also peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart , as well as charting in the top 10 in several other countries. John was an opening act for the band at the time and allowed them to record it. They did not release it as a single as they wanted to let John, then an upcoming artist, have a go with it. A demo version was included in John's box set album To Be Continued. One widespread story is that Bernie Taupin wrote the song's lyrics after breakfast one morning on the roof of 20 Denmark Street, London, where John worked for a music publishing firm as an office boy, hence the line "I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss. According to Taupin, "I scribbled the lyric down on a lined notepad at the kitchen table of Elton's mother's apartment in the London suburb of Northwood Hills, breakfast time sometime in Plain and simple.
I'm not marrying to be a single, working mom with money. Only idiots are unfriendly to non-Mormon spouses. I think doctors have a different perspective of death and loss, because they deal with it so much. If she can accept me for who I am and what I believe, knowing that I'll never give her the eternal family she wants, then maybe we'll be ok. I'm afraid he's going to be more in love with work than me and a family.