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Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Elton John and Bernie Taupin

July 23, 2014 - Los Angeles, California



Lyrics

When I think of those East End lights, muggy nights
The curtains drawn in the little room downstairs
Prima Donna lord you really should have been there
Sitting like a princess perched in her electric chair
And it's one more beer and I don't hear you anymore
We've all gone crazy lately
My friends out there rolling round the basement floor

And someone saved my life tonight sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me didn't you dear
You nearly had me roped and tied
Altar-bound, hypnotized
Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Fly away, high away, bye bye

I never realized the passing hours of evening showers
A slip noose hanging in my darkest dreams
I'm strangled by your haunted social scene
Just a pawn out-played by a dominating queen
It's four o'clock in the morning
Damn it listen to me good
I'm sleeping with myself tonight
Saved in time, thank God my music's still alive

And I would have walked head on into the deep end of the river
Clinging to your stocks and bonds
Paying your H.P. demands forever
They're coming in the morning with a truck to take me home
Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved my life tonight
So save your strength and run the field you play alone


Tori Quotes

Elton John, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" from Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)

"I remember hearing this for the first time, and I ran to the piano to learn it. I just had to have it in my life. There was something about... [I] wanted to -- I don't know -- have in my DNA. It meant something so much to me. I didn't necessarily understand it. I didn't understand the subject matter, because I was young, but I understood the melodic arc." [August 11, 2014 - WNYC]


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