Thursday Inspiration #185 Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word sun, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’, or by going with another song by Elton John, or anything else that you think fits.  ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ was written by Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin.  The song was originally recorded by Elton John for his 1974 eighth studio album, Caribou.  It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it reached #16 on the UK Singles Chart.  At the 1975 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male.  The album features backing vocals by Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnson of the Beach Boys and Toni Tennille from the 1970s duo Captain & Tennille.  A version of the song recorded live as a duet between John and George Michael reached #1 in the UK in 1991 and in 1992 it topped the charts in the US.  The pair performed the song together for the first time at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid in July 1985.

This song seems to be about a toxic relationship that may not be worth saving, but Elton is not ready to throw the towel in on yet.  Elton asks his partner to not let the sun go down on him, which may mean that he doesn’t want his significant other to leave, as that would be like losing everything that they have built up between them.  Elton sees darkness in his partner which he is tired of because he realizes that he is stuck in this situation.  The line, “Too late to save myself from falling” may be a reference to his previous drug and alcohol addiction.  He realizes that he can’t save himself, and someone will have to help him.  He admits that he should not have tried to change his partner, but that ship has long sailed away.  He is confused and he feels like love is the cure that he needs.  He is not ready to make a full commitment and he hopes that won’t end this relationship.

Don’t let the sun go down on me
Although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
But losin’ everything is like the sun goin’ down on me

11 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #185 Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

  1. The one and only Mark King on bass guitar:

    … Though I live on the edge time is on my side
    All the doors to my life are open wide
    Just as long as the wheels keep on turning ’round
    I will live for the groove ’til the sun goes down

    … Living it up, living it up
    I can feel it
    Living it up
    Is it a crazy notion?
    Living it up, living it up
    I can feel it
    Living it up
    I got forward motion

    … I don’t wanna go to war, I don’t wanna go to war
    I said I know what I want and I don’t wanna go war – do you follow me?
    I saw a soldier standing in a bar
    Looked so tired he’d come so far
    He said “I need to love someone, before they drop the atom bomb”

    … There’s a girl at the back making eyes at me
    And her hair long and black is a sight to see
    But I get kind of scared when love’s around
    I just live for the groove ’til the sun goes down

    … Living it up, living it up
    I can feel it
    Living it up
    Is it a false emotion?
    Living it up, living it up
    I can feel it
    Living it up
    I got forward motion

    … So I’m a-taking you out but I’m a-faking
    I’m married to the beat
    But to the music I gave the heart I could have given you
    Still there’s something ’bout the way that you move
    And the way that people stare it’s the shock of the new
    I want my friends to see me standing next to you

    … The sun goes down
    Time is on my side
    I don’t care what they say I’ll enjoy the ride
    But I get kind of scared when I turn around
    So I’ll stay with the groove ’til the sun goes down

    … Living it up
    Living it up
    I can feel it
    Living it up
    I got forward motion

    … Ooh – watch her dance
    There must be one like her in every club in every town
    But I don’t mind if that the way she wants to be
    There’s something ’bout her that reminds me of me
    She’s my soul mate – we’ll be together ’til the sun goes down

    … The sun goes down

    … Living it up
    Living it up
    I can feel it
    Living it up
    I got forward motion

    Source: LyricFind

    Songwriters: Mark King / Michael David Lindup / Philip Gabriel Gould / Waliou Jacques Badarou

    The Sun Goes Down lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Peermusic Publishing

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