“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Lyrics) – George Michael feat. Elton John”

19 Jun
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Lyrics) – George Michael feat. Elton John”

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is a song written by English singer-songwriter Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin. It was released as the first single from Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in the United Kingdom, and on 10 June in the United States. The song found further success in 1991 in a version recorded live as a duet between John and George Michael which reached number 1 in the UK and US.

1974 Elton John version

Lyrics and music
In the song, Elton sings to someone he has helped and from whom he is now experiencing rejection:

I took a chance and changed your way of life
but you misread my meaning when I met you
closed the door and left me blinded by the light
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 losing everything is like the sun going down on me.

It was written with the other songs on the album during a ten-day period in January 1974.

The chorus of the song is supported with a horn arrangement by Del Newman, and features backing vocals of the Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, and Toni Tennille. Also on the song are percussion accents provided by Ray Cooper and a mellotron played by Dave Hentschel.

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” charted on 1 June 1974 in Great Britain, making it to number 16 and reached the Top 10 after four weeks. On 10 August, the song’s two-week stay at number 2 ended. In the U.S., it was certified Gold on 6 September 1974 by the RIAA. In Canada, it reached number 1, becoming his fifth chart topper in that country.[1]


Posted by on June 19, 2017 in 1970s, duet, male vocalist, r&b, songwriter


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8 responses to ““Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Lyrics) – George Michael feat. Elton John”

  1. reocochran

    June 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Elton John singing with George Michael is wonderful! I like this plea, asking the other to don’t let him get “down” or sad. ~Robin

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  2. America On Coffee

    June 19, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    This song tears me apart because people all around me, near, dear, personal and impersonal were dying and fied of aids. I know the song isn’t about that but that was a thing happening including the Rodney King riots. The sun was going down!!! Tears to eyes!


  3. reocochran

    June 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    The sun was going down and it has sometimes come up and then bad things start all over again. It makes me tear up, too. I’m sorry to hear of your friends who passed away, while I have grown children whose friends were bullied (2) and tried to live while challenged by others for being gay committed suicide (3). Sad, dark moments.
    I am happy for Elton since he truly seems to be in love with his partner and they have adopted a child (or two?) 💞 🎼 🎶

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  4. America On Coffee

    June 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I love people and the person! Sex and bedrooms not AOC. I only wish people would give their monies as freely as sex. 😕

    Liked by 1 person

  5. reocochran

    June 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I do believe that Elton John gives a lot to Aids/HIV and many other worthy causes. Thanks for your clarification.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. America On Coffee

    June 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Elton John is loved and respected for so very much. He is loved and resonates love!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. reocochran

    June 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    So glad we agree on several subjects including music and caring about people. I like the part you said about Elton John resonating love.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. America On Coffee

    June 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    True and a good heart!!! BigSmiles!!



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