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For over 30 years, before they parted ways, the lyrics of Bernie Taupin and the music of Elton John have been a mainstay of rock. An example of Berne Taupin's lyrics (from Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player):


 You wore a little cross of gold around your neck,

I saw it as you flew between my reason,

Like a raven in the night time when you left.

I wear a chain upon my wrist that bears no name,

You touched it and you wore it,

And you kept it in your pillow, all the same,


My high-flying bird has flown from out my arms,

I thought myself her keeper,

She thought I meant her harm,

She thought I was the the archer,

A weather man of words,

But I  could never shoot down.

My high-flying bird


Elton’s shows in the 70s were, to say the least, flambouyant.  


Elton John has had so many hits (and songs that should have been hits but weren't) over the years, it is hard to pick out a list of favorites, but here are a few from the 70's and early 80's:


Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters

Rocket Man

High Fyling Bird

Empty Garden (Hey, Hey Johnny)*

In Neon

Funeral for a Friend (Love lies bleeding)

Candle in the Wind

Pinky

Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me

Ticking

I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

Nikita

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

All the Girls Love Alice

*EJ's tribute to John Lennon after Lennon was murdered


Here is one of my favorites:  

Elton John

In Neon - Breaking Hearts
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