Elton John: Someone Saved My Life Tonight Meaning
Song Released: 1975
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Someone Saved My Life Tonight Lyrics
The curtains drawn in the little room downstairs
Prima donna lord you really should have been there
Sitting like a princess perched in her electric chair
And its one more beer and I dont...
UndiscoveredGenius Jan 14th 2012, 01:44 report
This song speaks to me like very few others on a personal level, so I may be partial and overreaching. But I feel this song is one of the most underrated I've ever heard. So many emotions packed into a few minutes of music - exhaustion, desperation, fear, confusion, defeat, fortitude, relief, overwhelming gratitude, joy. It gives me chills every time I listen; quintissential Elton John.
Being torn between living life for others or living the life you know you have inside you is a shared struggle that defies time and trends. This song addresses a need that is so basic, yet causes immeasurable pain and turmoil for so many. The fact that he captured such a fundamentally human dilemma so beautifully further cements him in my mind as one of the greatest pop musicians of our time.
To think how different thousands of lives could have been without one man's courage to pursue his dreams and share his true talents and self sheds light on the fact that every life has the potential to influence another. Once we figure out our calling and our gifts, our life is wasted unless they are used to the fullest.
anonymous Apr 17th 2011, 04:52 report
Elton John was engaged to marry and I think Bernie Taupin talked him out of it. Supposedly the woman was a gold digger.
Written by Bernie Taupin...
Elton is singing autobiographically. Linda Woodrow was his bride-to-be. The couple met on Christmas Eve, 1967, at a cabaret club in Sheffield, when Elton was in Long John Baldry's backuping band. They found a basement in Islington, North London, where lyricist Bernie Taupin became their flatmate.
Elton has explained: “I was going to get married once when I was younger, and I went out and got drunk with Long John Baldry and Bernie and John said I shouldn't get married. I knew he was right, but I didn't know how to get out of it, so I just got drunk and went home and said I'm not getting married”.
Bernie said: “One day I was coming out of my room and walking down the hall I smelled gas. I thought "oh, great, somebody's left the oven on in the kitchen." I walked in the kitchen and there's Elton lying on the floor with the gas oven open. My immediate thing should have been oh, my God, he's tried to kill himself! But I started laughing because he'd gotten the gas oven open, he was lying on a pillow and he'd opened all the windows”.
Bernie has stated that “Someone saved my life tonight” was about the suicide attempt and the marriage that never was. While John Baldry is the “sugar bear” of the song, Linda was the “princess perched in her electric chair” and Elton's stepfather “Derf” and mother who “They're coming in the morning with a truck to take me home” (he and Bernie).
anonymous Oct 16th 2007, 18:11 report
Elton was engaged to a woman and was giving up music, getting married and taking a "normal" job. He didn't want to do that though, and one night he got really drunk and was talked out of it. He went home and told the woman he was not going to marry her.
Bernie Taupin says he woke up one night and smelled gas and went out to the kitchen where he found Elton trying to kill himself. Of course, Elton had his head on a pillow in the oven and had opened all the windows, so he never really was in danger of anything more than a headache.
The song is about both the figurative saving of his life (being talked out of marriage to stay in music) and the literal saving of his life, which wasn't in any real danger.
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