~~April 16, 2015~~
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”
(a trip down memory lane)
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is a song written by English singer-songwriter Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin.
It was released as the first single from Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in the United Kingdom, and on 10 June in the United States. The song found further success in 1991 in a version recorded live as a duet between John and George Michael which reached number 1 in the UK and US.
In the song, Elton sings to someone he has helped and from whom he is now experiencing rejection:
I can’t light no more of your darkness
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I’m growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my lifeToo late to save myself from falling
I took a chance and changed your way of life
But you misread my meaning when I met you
Closed the door and left me blinded by the lightDon’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losing everything is like the sun going down on meI can’t find, oh the right romantic line
But see me once and see the way I feel
Don’t discard me just because you think I mean you harm
But these cuts I have they need love to help them heal
1991 George Michael and Elton John version
As successful as the 1974 record had been, it was as a duet with George Michael that “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” had its greatest success. The pair had performed the song at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Recorded live at a concert at Wembley Arena, London on 23 March 1991 when Elton John was a surprise guest of George Michael, the duet became a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
It was released later that year and reached number one on the UK singles chart for two weeks in December 1991 and a single week on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1992. The duet also spent two weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.
~~Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me~~
George Michael, Elton John
Uploaded on Oct 3, 2009
Music video by George Michael;Elton John performing Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.
(c) 1991 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
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