Sunday, April 17, 2011

Frozen Here, On The Ladder Of My Life

I had the privilege of seeing Sir Elton John perform in concert this weekend. I say "privilege" because that's how I felt watching and listening to his music. Privileged to be in the company of such a legendary performer. His show was phenomenal.

But out of all the songs Sir Elton performed that night, one sticks out in my head more than the others. From the first note of the song until the end, a steady stream of tears poured down my face. It touched me in a way I will never forget. The song is "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". The last time I saw Elton perform, about ten years go, I was also moved to tears by this song, simply because it's so beautiful, and seeing him perform it live is an experience. But somehow it was different this time. Somehow the lyrics touched my heart in a special way. They seemed to have been written just for me, and just for the place in my life I'm in right now. I honestly felt like he was singing it just for me and there was no one else in the arena.

Anyway, thank you Sir Elton John (and Bernie Taupin), for a night I will never forget, and for touching so many millions of people with your beautiful music.

I can't light no more of your darkness
All my pictures seem to fade to black and white
I'm growing tired and time stands still before me
Frozen here on the ladder of my life

Too late to save myself from falling
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

I can't find, oh the right romantic line
But see me once and see the way I feel
Don't discard me just because you think I mean you harm
But these cuts I have they need love to help them heal

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