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Elton John: Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me Meaning

Song Released: 1974

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Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me Lyrics

I cant light no more of your darkness
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
Im growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life

Its much too late to save myself from falling
I took a chance and...


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    Sep 8th, 2012 9:17pm report

    I think this song is about trying to hold on to your first love when you are losing that person. Feeling changed by that person so much that you can't go back to life without them and feeling like if you could just get them to understand that, then it wouldn't be over. The "sun going down" would be that person actually leaving--"losing everything is like the sun going down on me." It feels like a really desperate plea to someone who is going to leave anyway.
    Not sure if that's actually it, but that's my interpretation.


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    Jun 14th, 6:18pm report

    This song could apply to many life situations. Anything that destroys everything you live for or your future, your dreams and of course that would also destroy any chances of life with love. Just my thoughts.


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    May 26th, 5:16pm report

    Elton john wrote this when he was having suicidal thoughts. google the meaning of the song Elton john's meaning


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    Apr 24th, 4:22pm report

    Song is about someone you care for and you hurt them over and over they still love you but you keep letting them hurt you and the person singing it sees it but realizes it’s to late and they know it


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    Mar 27th, 2019 3:53pm report

    I believe the song is about two people in a relationship (probably written with a romantic relationship inspiring Bernie Taupin and Sir Elton John, but can translate to really any relationship that is based on emotions of true caring and concert for eachother, friends, Siblings, parent/child...)
    The person singing is basically saying to the other in the relationship "Listen, there was a time you had a big problem (could be anything) and I sacrificed a lot of myself to get you back up again. Now you are doing really well and don't need me any more, and suddenly our relationship doesn't mean what you once said it did. You used me! Losing this relationship hurts and I feel so sad and very very dark, like the sun went down and took all its light from .gov life. Losing you is like the sun going down on me"


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    Sep 29th, 2017 9:54pm report

    I believe this song describes an exhausted spouse who just can't continue to please the other and tried to long


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    Jun 16th, 2017 6:06pm report

    Although It's true that it might be about a gay couple. It relates to my life because it starts with two married friends deciding to end their troubled marriages. They decided to get into a relationship and after being divorced one decided to stay unmarried and the other wants to get married. Being stuck in a relationship where one is in love and the other doesn't want to be serious relationship after years into the relationship. The one not being serious wants to run out any chance he or she gets and starts to loose interest and the one person feels the distance between them and loosing hope.


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    Dec 29th, 2016 12:04pm report

    I think its about an relationship and you should tell that person how you or that person how you feel about them.how you love and adore one another before the day gone .its a beautiful song I love it


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    Apr 21st, 2016 4:30pm report

    I believe this song was a story of 2 people that met. The one who initiated the relationship was gay and the recipient was not, however, it ended up that they developed feelings for each other, and some amount of time into the relationship, they fell in love, but the one partner that wasn't gay in the beginning decided that he couldn't/wouldn't come out of the closet
    and therefore was going to end the relationship.


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    Dec 5th, 2012 12:01am report

    This song is about Elton and Bernie when they stayed in Chicago and had a pillow fight. Elton realized that Bernie was a pillow biter because he married Maxine and really didn't want to. The sun rose and they wanted to straighten out their life and not let the sun go down that day while in the angst of such a great pillow fight.


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    Sep 23rd, 2012 9:07pm report

    The way I read it it sounds like telling somone close like a family member that you've come out and how that person wanted things to be one way they were and couldn't accept that the other person was not who they thought they were. So searching himself he sees himself different from how other people think he is.


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    Apr 17th, 2011 4:56am report

    The song is about Elton helping a close friend, but when Elton needed help, the friend would not be there for him.


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    Jan 13th, 2011 1:05pm report

    The locals who live "high" above Boulder, Colorado say that Elton was absolutely & completely smashed when he recorded that song at Caribou Studios (for the album Caribou) around Nederland, Colorado. So completely trashed from the booze, drugs & thin Rocky Mountain air that he could barely stand. If you listen to the song, you can kind of imagine that! Hey, it was the seventies! Sorry, don't know anything about the song meaning though.


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    Jun 18th, 2009 6:06am report

    This song is about coming out of the closet, and him and his lover telling the world about it. The reaction from the world knowing causes them to break-up

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