Candle In The Wind 1997 (4:10)

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“Candle in the Wind 1997” is a remake of his own 1973 hit “Candle in the Wind” by Sir Elton John that was released as a tribute single to Diana, Princess of Wales. With over 37 million copies sold, it is the best-selling single of all time since records began. On release in September 1997, “Candle in the Wind 1997” peaked at number one in the UK, becoming John’s fourth number one single, and in most other countries worldwide, also becoming the first song in history to reach the top in each of the four major countries in the music industry: United States, Japan, United Kingdom, and Germany.

The lyrics of the earlier version of “Candle in the Wind,” written by Bernie Taupin, were a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The opening lines of the 1973 version, “Goodbye Norma Jean, though I never knew you at all,” were adapted to “Goodbye England’s rose, may you ever grow in our hearts.” In fact, most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana’s life and death, but a notable and poignantly ironic omission was the line, “Even when you died, the press still hounded you…”

The lyrics were changed by Bernie Taupin from a tribute to Marilyn Monroe to tribute to Princess Diana and sung by Elton John at Diana’s funeral in front of probably the biggest audience in anyone’s life- a total viewing figure of over 2.5 billion. The re-written lyrics by Bernie Taupin were sold for $400,000, a record for a set of lyrics.

Over 37 million copies of this tribute to Princess Di were sold worldwide making it the biggest selling single of all time. It was the biggest UK single in 1997 selling 4,864,611 copies and accounting for 6.

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Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart
You called out to our country and you whispered to those in pain
Now you belong to heaven and the stars spell out your name

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  • robby7fan

    We miss you Diana, more than you'll ever know.

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • robby7fan

    I agree 100% with you ShelliLovesGM.

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • BAW50

    This was played at my mother's funeral, six months ago. My dad just died too.

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • AJ2002

    Sad song

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sungu82

    that song also reminds me AMY <3 RIP both....

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ShelliLovesGM

    A wonderful song for a wonderful lady. I am so glad Diana was of my lifetime. I hope she is happy where she is, bless her.x

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • felghen

    :)

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • sayheyheyhey

    Smile on us forever, Diana. x

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Temudschin70

    Schöner, als das Original. Erinnert wieder neu an den viel zu frühen Tod von Prinzessin Diana. Wenn ich das Lied höre, erinnere ich mich an viele Ereignisse jener Tage, und die Bewegtheit vieler Menschen, die sich normalerweise gar nicht so sehr für die Royals interessierten.

    6 Dec 2009 Reply
  • dlanerla

    their friendship must have been very intense - what a touching song ! ( I know he wrote it earlier, but he found wonderful words to honor her ! )

    31 Oct 2009 Reply
  • lolzunicorn

    <3

    23 Aug 2009 Reply
  • marie86

    Wow. What a beautiful song.

    15 Aug 2009 Reply
  • robby7fan

    I have always been a huge admirer of the late Diana, Princess of Wales and I do remember when he sang this song at Diana's funeral. I think the last time I cried so hard for someone was when my Grandmother had passed away. When Elton and Bernie rewrote the words to this song, it was just perfect. I purchased quite a few copies of this in both cassette and CD and still listen to it to this day. Wonderful, lovely song and a great tribute to a wonderful lady.

    24 Mar 2009 Reply
  • omagritte

    what's the original ?

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • iwc2ufan99

    Gorgeous. Better than the original.

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • flymadam

    awwww how lovely

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • aineb

    <3

    25 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Nice_Santa

    sad songs

    2 Jul 2008 Reply
  • getcrunk

    :(

    1 Sep 2007 Reply
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