Only it’s not really Elton John because didn’t Bernie Taupin write all the lyrics? I’m pretty sure he wrote these.

On the whole I love Elton and Bernie’s music. There’s some great stuff in there, but I heard this on the radio recently and it gave me pause. I don’t remember if it bothered me way back when, probably not. I wasn’t as aware of stuff then as I am now.  I actually didn’t intend to copy the entire song, but it only seems fair. If I’m going to rag on one or two lines we should get to see the inoffensive stuff as well…

So what bothers me? “I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free.”  What the hell, Elton/Bernie? What right have you got to dictate how much of someone’s life get’s to go free?  Sometimes I hear this as “a fragment of your light to wander free,”  and that seem even worse to me.  I’m sorry, but all of my light is free to shine on the earth, and so should everyone else’s light. OMG, it just smacks of abuse and gives me the heeby geebies.

And how about “Don’t discard me just because you think I mean you harm”? There is no better reason to discard someone. If I think you mean me harm I’m not going to stick around to find out if I’m right or wrong – I’m out of there.

Shall I do the whole song, Line my line?  I think I will:

“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin, music and performance by Elton John

I can’t light no more of your darkness (Okay then, what are you doing still sticking around?)
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white (Yeah, I’ve been around people like that, and my advice is to take a hike.)
I’m growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life (So get yourself unfrozen and save yourself you daft twit!)

Too 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 light (Better than being blinded by the dark, don’t you think?)

Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see (Yeah, when I was twenty I felt like this, Now? well age does give a certain sense of clarity.)
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free (Uh. No. My life will wander all it wants, thank you.)
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me (Sorry, but you know in the immortal words of Annie: the sun will come up tomorrow)

I can’t find the right romantic line (That’s because ownership isn’t romantic.)

But see me once and see the way I feel (No thanks.)
Don’t discard me just because you think I mean you harm (see comment above.)
But these cuts I have they need love to help them heal (I’m sorry, those seem like self inflicted wounds.  But I bet your mommy will kiss them and make the better. I’m outta here.)
My apologies to Bernie and Elton. I’m sure this song was written with the purest of intentions.  Or if not pure then certainly artistic intentions.  I just wish I could get it out of my head.  It’s seems creepy to me now…
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Edward November 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I have a hard time with the lyrics of a lot of love songs I used to like. I guess we’re just paying more attention to what love is really about as opposed to the popular misconceptions of love.


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