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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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  • YeliShot

    I fell in love with the lyrics of this song

    12 Nov 11:07pm Reply
  • Blumenmann63

    super!!!

    28 Oct 8:36pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Universe let everything go well and send miss taloola rump and Mr shut my hounds of love

    14 Oct 9:25pm Reply
  • ASummerKiss

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    18 Sep 11:35pm Reply
  • hf1809

    <3perfect..

    16 Sep 4:48pm Reply
  • theironictea

    Excellent!

    3 Sep 6:41pm Reply
  • Shauni51

    Love this so much

    3 Aug 6:03pm Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    20 May 12:59am Reply
  • raphartenbach

    one of my favorites songs of all time. touching, simple n' bass. Elton John.

    5 Apr 3:21am Reply
  • mngh_35

    Love it!

    14 Mar 1:24am Reply
  • Antoniaortiz

    Love the song!

    6 Feb 4:41pm Reply
  • LegoTD

    I find Elton John a fabulous singer, and I know people won't like me saying this, but I actually prefer the version by Ellie Goulding personally :/

    29 Jan 7:01pm Reply
  • Cure1980

    You can like him or hate him for me it s a living legend and i am proud to work for several shows for him--

    29 Jan 2:27am Reply
  • mavipatates

    brings some memories... beautiful :)

    23 Jan 9:08am Reply
  • juanscorrea

    this one's for you your song

    4 Jan 6:11pm Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    Love the Leon Russell influenced piano!

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PghDwayne

    Great song

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • aliceinchains87

    Essa voz... ♥

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • robby7fan

    I like a lot of his songs, but this song and Candle in the Wind 1997 are my 2 favorite songs.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Elyssyan

    This is My personal Favourite of Elton Johns♥

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
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