Candle In the Wind

Topics: Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Pages: 3 (1039 words) Published: April 1, 2014

1 April 2014
Candle in the Wind
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 is an English singer-songwriter, composer, pianist, record producer, and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist “Bernie Taupin” as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. (Paragraph 1) “Candle in the Wind” is a name of a song performed by Elton John and written by he and collaborator Bernie Taupin in 1972.  The song was originally written as a tribute to Hollywood movie star Marilyn Monroe who died at the age of 36 in August 1962.  Taupin had been inspired by the phrase “candle in the wind” when he heard someone use it to describe Janis Joplin, the blues-rock singer who died of a heroin overdose in 1970. (paragraph2) “Candle in the wind” was not just tribute song for one person. I see this song as a massage from the writer to every human who lives in the face of the earth; means “good people are living inside of us no matter if they are dead or alive. Although they left our world; they also left actions, and memories.” There are too many candles live in the universe, we did not even know about them. They live in the dark but spread the light through the flame which dancing in the wind. This song is one of the biggest hits in the history of music; it was one of the best-selling songs in three decades (1974, 1988, and 1997). People had an argument about the 1974 version, and 1997. In 1973 the lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Elton John wrote the music, in 1974 when album “Good bye yellow brick road” was produced and included “candle in the wind.” In fact Elton John had the feeling that Marilyn Monroe lived her life in a great pain and suffered a lot. When he chose to write the music for these lyrics, he was not trying to play on people’s emotions, he actually felt the sadness which any person will feel...

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