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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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  • theironictea

    Without a doubt, the greatest love song ever composed.

    16 Jun 11:16am Reply
  • TheEnchantress

    It's mine..... all mine..... my song...... ♥

    18 May 7:21pm Reply
  • didilinka

    ,, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you are in the world... "

    19 Mar 8:04am Reply
  • rocknut1951

    this guy sucks

    22 Jan 1:52pm Reply
  • Blumenmann63

    super!!!

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

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

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ASummerKiss

    ❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤ ❤☆҉‿↗❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • hf1809

    <3perfect..

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    Excellent!

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Shauni51

    Love this so much

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    20 May 2014 Reply
  • raphartenbach

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

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • mngh_35

    Love it!

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Antoniaortiz

    Love the song!

    6 Feb 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • mavipatates

    brings some memories... beautiful :)

    23 Jan 2014 Reply
  • juanscorrea

    this one's for you your song

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • PghDwayne

    Great song

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • aliceinchains87

    Essa voz... ♥

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
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