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“Your Song” is a ballad composed and performed by musician Elton John. The song’s lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin. According to the Your Song Songfacts, he wrote them over breakfast at John’s parents’ house, where he was living. The original lyrics have coffee stains on them. It appeared on John’s self-titled second album in 1970.

The song was released in the U.S. in October 1970 as the B-side to “Take Me to the Pilot”. Both received airplay, but “Your Song” was preferred by disc jockeys and replaced “Take Me to the Pilot” as the A-side, eventually making both the UK and U.S. top ten charts.

Composition and inspiration

“Your Song” is a soft blend of two different styles: folk and jazz: “I hope you don’t mind / I hope you don’t mind / That I put down in words / How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.” The instrumental focus is on John’s Leon Russell-influenced piano work, along with acoustic guitar, Paul Buckmaster’s string accompaniment, and a shuffling rhythm section.

The lyrics express the romantic thoughts of an innocent. Taupin offers a straightforward love-song lyric at the beginning: “It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside / I’m not one of those who can easily hide / I don’t have much money but boy if I did / I’d buy a big house where we both could live.” At times the self-deprecating narrator stumbles to get out his feelings, which despite being a melodramatic device, Allmusic calls “effective and sweet”: “So excuse me forgetting but these things I do / You see I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue / Anyway the thing is what I really mean / Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen / And you can tell everybody this is your song / It may be quite simple but now that it’s done.”

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It's a little bit funny, this feeling inside
I'm not one of those who can easily hide
I don't have much money, but boy if I did
I'd buy a big house where we both could live

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