Let me be clear from the outset: I am not questioning the man’s monstrous musical talent in any way by asking that question. I ask it because at some point back in the 1970s, I selected a song as my favorite Elton John song. (For those who don’t know or may have forgotten, toward the bottom of this list I provide a hint about how bad I am at choosing favorites of nearly everything.) That Elton fact having clawed its way back to my conscious brain, of course I had to listen to the song ...
And having done so, I actually was left with two questions. The first has already been revealed: what was so special about Elton John back then that I: 1) declared a favorite song; and b) stuck with that declaration for [holy hand grenades, how time does fly!] nearly 40 years? The second question is why did I choose this song?
I still like the song, particularly the imagery in the chorus. But ... isn’t it a teeny bit over the top as a breakup song? Maybe that melodrama appealed to me back then. Maybe it was my way of rebelling ... although against what, I have no idea. What would I replace it with as an EJ favorite now? Gah; I have no idea. And I haven’t kept up with his music since the early 1980s in any way, so I’m probably missing out on a lot of great songs.
Guess I’ll hold on to this one for a while longer, puzzling as it may be.