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Old 05-09-2008, 08:34 PM   #1
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"Somone Saved My Life Tonight" appreciation

When I got my first Elton John compilation years ago, this song bored me beyond tears. I never really gave it a shot, and I really regret that now. It's probably my favorite Elton John song these days. The music begins with such subtlety, and swells appropriately rather than just bombastically. Lyrically, it's one of Taupin's best and as I understand it one of the most applicable to Elton's life. It's also something I relate to far too readily, but that's another thread that got buried a long time ago.

I think what gets me so much is the absolute despair of the song and the catharsis of breaking out of a destructive relationship. Simply stunning.
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It's a fantastic song from a fantastic album.
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One of his best songs!!!
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YES!!!

My favorite Elton John song, along with My Father's Gun.
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YES!!!

My favorite Elton John song, along with My Father's Gun.
Intestingly, I'm right there with you.

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Tumbleweed Connection are probably my favorite Elton albums, closely followed by Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
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Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Tumbleweed Connection are probably my favorite Elton albums, closely followed by Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
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Agreed again.
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I've loved this song since I was a kid. It was amazing to finally see him perform it live in '06, it gave me chills. It always reminds me of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, except that the former is like the stage of a break up where you're still all depressed, and the latter is a little more defiant in tone, when you're feeling better and stronger about things.

Agreed about the albums.
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On a side note, does anyone else actually enjoy the renaissance Elton? Songs From the West Coast, Peachtree Road, or The Captain and the Kid?

I actually think they're very solid albums, pretty much analogous to recent Prince or Morrissey for me. Definitely worthwhile listening, and even if lacking the power of the early material, renewed and of reasonable merit.
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Oh, and I totally get chills when he sings "Thank God my music's still alive."
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On a side note, does anyone else actually enjoy the renaissance Elton? Songs From the West Coast, Peachtree Road, or The Captain and the Kid?

I actually think they're very solid albums, pretty much analogous to recent Prince or Morrissey for me. Definitely worthwhile listening, and even if lacking the power of the early material, renewed and of reasonable merit.
I haven't heard any of those albums. I've always intended to pick up his most recent, though.

He played maybe about 4 or 5 songs from The Captain when I saw him in '06, and as I posted in an Elton John thread back then, he prefaced them by essentially saying "sorry you have to sit through these songs that you probably don't know, but these days, it's impossible for me to get radio airplay for new material..."

I felt so awful for him. Sadly, he's right, there are not many options for him and other performers of his generation in promoting their new material.
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The Captain and the Kid was certainly meant to be a sequel to Captain Fantastic, and if I'm not mistaken some of the musicians from the original album are on it. There's some really great stuff on there, could probably lose a couple tracks but most stuff could nowadays.

I haven't heard Peachtree Road, but I really liked some of the stuff on Songs From the West Coast. This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore is probably in my Top 10 Elton songs.
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The Captain and the Kid was certainly meant to be a sequel to Captain Fantastic, and if I'm not mistaken some of the musicians from the original album are on it. There's some really great stuff on there, could probably lose a couple tracks but most stuff could nowadays.

I haven't heard Peachtree Road, but I really liked some of the stuff on Songs From the West Coast. This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore is probably in my Top 10 Elton songs.
He had almost all of his original band from the 70's in place for the tour, and the recording too, if I'm not mistaken.
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This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore is probably in my Top 10 Elton songs.
And a damn good video.
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Any partiuclarly good album to start with for EJ? I have Rocket Man best of.

This song was on Don't Forget the Lyrics the other night. And guess whaaat....


he forgot the lyrics!
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