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Elton John - Daniel (BBC Christmas Special 1974)

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"Daniel"
Single by Elton John
from the album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
B-side"Skyline Pigeon"
Released26 March 1973 (1973-03-26)
Format7" vinyl
RecordedJune 1972
GenrePop
Length3:54 (album version)
3:53 (single version)
LabelMCA (US/Canada)
DJM Records
Writer(s)Elton John, Bernie Taupin
ProducerGus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology

"Daniel" was a major hit song by Elton John. It appeared on the 1973 album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player. It was written by John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin. In the United States the song reached #2 on the pop charts and #1 on the adult contemporary charts[1] for two weeks in the spring of 1973. In the UK it made the top 5.[2]

The song

Bernie Taupin wrote "Daniel" while inspired by the events of the Vietnam War. The lyrics (including a verse in the original draft that was cut from the final version) describe a fictional veteran who was blinded as a result of the war ("your eyes have died"/"but you see more than I") and travels to Spain to escape those around him back home ("do you still feel the pain"/"of the scars that won't heal?"), including his brother, from whose point of view the story is told.[3]

""Daniel" had been the most misinterpreted song that we'd ever written," explained Bernie, in the Two Rooms tribute project. "The story was about a guy that went back to a small town in Texas, returning from the Vietnam War. They'd lauded him when he came home and treated him like a hero. But, he just wanted to go home, go back to the farm, and try to get back to the life that he'd led before. I wanted to write something that was sympathetic to the people that came home."

Elton stated on the night of Saturday, 21 October 2000 that this song is one of his all time favorite songs, and it's definitely in the top three.[citation needed]

Covers

"Daniel" was covered on the 1991 album Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin by Wilson Phillips. It reached number seven on the US Adult Contemporary chart as an album cut.[10]

"Daniel" was covered on the 2005 album The Brave and the Bold by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Tortoise.

The American alternative rock band Fuel covered the song on their album Something Like Human.

The Japanese ukulele rock duo Petty Booka covered "Daniel" on their album Blue Lagoon of Petty Booka.

See also

  • List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1973 (U.S.)

References

  1. ^ a b c "allmusic - Elton John - Billboard singles". http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=ELTON%7CJOHN&sql=11:0ifqxqe5ldse~T51. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  2. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Elton John - Daniel". http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=6027. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  3. ^ "Elton John FAQ". http://www.eltonlinks.com/faq.html#qa2. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  4. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 9, 1973". http://www.radio538.nl/web/show/id=44685/chartid=6999. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  5. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Elton John - Daniel". http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Daniel&cat=s. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  6. ^ "charts-surfer.de search results". http://www.charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  7. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". http://www.irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  8. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Elton John - Daniel". http://norwegiancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Daniel&cat=s. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  9. ^ "Elton John - Daniel - hitparade.ch". http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=Elton+John&titel=Daniel&cat=s. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 
  10. ^ "allmusic - Wilson Phillips - Billboard singles". http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=WILSON%7CPHILLIPS&sql=11:w9foxqegldje~T51. Retrieved 28 January 2009 (2009-01-28). 


   

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