♫ Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me ♫ (Redux)

Sorry for another redux … well, no actually I am not sorry.  I make no apologies for playing good music, for expressing myself through the music I play, even if I did just play this one back in 2018.  I’m tired tonight, feeling somewhat hopeless over the state of humans, the state of this nation, the state of the world, and wondering, quite frankly, if it’s worth the fight.  In those circumstances, some Elton is just what’s called for, yes?


Elton John has had a few hits that I didn’t care for, but for the most part I find Elton’s work strikes some chord in me and makes me either tap my feet or sit down and cry.  Either way, it’s all good.

This song’s lyrics were, as were most of Elton’s songs, written by Bernie Taupin, who said …

“My only recollections of this is that we wanted to write something big. I mean, big in that dramatic Spectory (as in Phil Spector) style, like ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.’ Hopefully being powerful without being pompous. I’m not sure that with this in mind it made me fashion the lyrics any differently. Although, in retrospect, they do seem to have a slightly more Brill Building flair to them, so it’s entirely possible that I did.

Of course, I always seem to have to revert to a crib sheet to check these things, as I just seem to have a really bad memory of my own work. In fact, it makes me think of a situation that I found myself in a few years ago watching some TV with some friends of mine. There was a game show on where one of the categories happened to be my lyrics. And there were, I believe, five questions, and four of them I got wrong.”

This was extremely difficult and frustrating to record. Elton was not satisfied with any of his vocal takes, and the producer Gus Dudgeon had fits trying to mix all the voices and instruments that went into this. In Philip Norman’s book Sir Elton: The Definitive Biography, Dudgeon said, “When Elton recorded this track, he was in a filthy mood. On some takes, he’d scream it, on others he’d mumble it, or he’d just stand there, staring at the control room. Eventually, he flung off his headphones and said, “Okay, let’s hear what we got.” When Gus played it for him, Elton said, “That’s a load of crap. You can send it to Engelbert Humperdinck, and if he doesn’t like it, you can give it to Lulu as a demo.” My, my … it’s a wonder it ever got recorded.

I am putting up two versions.  The first is the original by Elton.  In 1991 there was a George Michael concert in London on March 25, which was Elton’s 44th birthday. Elton appeared as a surprise guest at the show and the two did a duet, which was a #1 hit in both the US and UK.  I am not as fond of the duet as I am the original, but I must admit there is an energy, a camaraderie, that is great.  Since it was such a big hit, I thought I would offer both and you can watch whichever you wish … or both.  And so, without further ado …

And the duet …

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down
Elton John (and George Michael)

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 life

It’s much 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

Don’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, oh
But losing everything is like the sun going down on me

I can’t find
Oh, the right romantic line
But see me once and see the way I feel
Don’t discard me, baby don’t
Just because you think I mean, you harm
(Just because you think I mean you harm, oh)
But these cuts I have (cuts I have)
They need love (they need love, they need love)
To help them heal

Oh, don’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, oh
‘Cause losing everything is like the sun going down on me
Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else that I see, yeah
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free baby, oh
‘Cause losing everything is like the sun going down on me

Songwriters: Bernie Taupin / Elton John
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

24 thoughts on “♫ Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me ♫ (Redux)

    • So, what would be in your top ten, my friend? I’m open to suggestion (read, struggling to find songs that appeal to most and that I also like). Yes, I was surprised by how well Elton and George Michael meshed together.

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      • Jill, now you are asking me to think early this morning. In no order and from memory,
        Tiny Dancer
        Levon
        Take me to the pilot
        Your song
        Daniel
        Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
        Bitch is back
        Candle in the wind
        Saturday’s alright for fighting
        Can you feel the love tonight?
        I probably missed a few early ones. I love the bus scene from the movie “Almost Famous” about the band groupies starring Kate Hudson. The band, road crew and groupies sing “Tiny Dancer” to the radio. Keith

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        • You did a pretty good job of thinking there! Some of those I like a lot, and one I’ve never heard of … Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters. Or, perhaps I have and just don’t recognize the name. All duly noted … you may see them pop up from time to time here 😉 And now, you’ve given me another movie to add to my watchlist! Um … now if you could just give me an extra 10 hours or so in each day …

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  1. I love Elton John, mostly the older stuff–like maybe I haven’t heard a thing from him since early-mid-80s, even the famous stuff that happened since then–and I love the duet and Elton’s gold and black outfit (minus the hat). George Michaels’ left hand action in that video mesmerises me–never saw him do that so much before and now i wonder if he always did it live, but it wasn’t anything I recall from Wham UK or Careless Whisper–I’ll go look. Thanks for starting me off on a chase!

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    • I’m more partial to Elton’s later music, not a big fan of things like Rocket Man. And I was never a George Michael fan, though I admit I did love “Careless Whisper” … I think I played it here once upon a time. Glad you liked the song!

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  2. You know I love Elton John songs so I’mm grateful for this one but II have to be extra grateful for you playing the duet too. I think George did this song well and without changes as he had no ego but even better when Elton joined him on stage.I think George was one of the most talented artists of his generation but drugs were the bane of his life and left him insecure.If he could have lived and been healed I think he could easily have eclipsed most others.He sang with Queen after Freddie Died and I don’t think anyone could have done a better job.
    Cwtch

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    • I sort of had a hunch you would like this one, especially the duet. I didn’t know that George Michael had sung with Queen after Freddie died … I’ll have to look into that … you just might see it here someday. Glad you enjoyed the music …
      Cwtch

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