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Candle In The Wind

Tribute To Princess Dianafrom

Elton John

1. Biography of Elton John and his most famous songs

  • March 25, 1947 in Pinner, England

  • original name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

  • at the age of 14, Reginald Dwight (Elton) and his friend Stuart Brown formed a band called the Corvettes, named after a brand of shaving cream. The band was never very serious and soon broke up.

  • 1963, he got together with Stuart Brown once again and formed Bluesology, a moderately successful band

  • on the Valentines Day 1985 he married Renate Blauel in Sydney who he met first in 1982

  • Elton was the first western pop star who started a tour through Russia.

  • Elton\'s first #1 hit in the United States was \"Crocodile Rock\" in 1972. Elton\'s first #1 hit in the United Kingdom was \"Don\'t Go Breaking My Heart\"in 1976. His first solo hit was \"Sacrifice\" in 1990.

  • The albums \"Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy\" (1975) and \"Rock of the Westies\" (1975) both hit #1 in the US on the very day of their release.

2. Candle In The Wind: The song

  • over 21 millions sold singles

  • one of the most often sold singles (3rd place at the moment)

  • profits from sales of the single Candle In The Wind will be donated (lat. donare) to Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

Candle In The Wind[1]

Goodbye Norman Jean

Though I never knew you at all

You had the grace to hold yourself

While those around you crawled

The crawled out of the woodwork

And they whispered into your brain

They set you on the treadmill

And they made you change you name

And it seems to me you lived your live

Like a candle in the wind

Never knowing who to cling to

And I would have like to have known you

But I was just a kid

Your candle burned out long before

Your legend never will

Loneliness was tough

The toughest role you ever played

Hollywood created a superstar

And the pain was the price you paid

Even when you died

The press still hounded you

All the papers had to say

Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

Goodbye Norman Jean

Though I never knew you at all

You had the grace to hold yourself

While those around you crawled

Goodbye Norman Jean

From the young man in the 22nd row

Who sees you as something more than sexual

More than just our Marilyn Monroe

Candle In The Wind 1997[2]

Goodbye England\'s Rose May you ever grow in our hearts. You were the grace that placed itselfWhere lives were torn apart.You called out to our country,And you whispered to those in pain.Now you belong to heaven,And the stars spell out your name1.And it seems to me you lived your lifeLike a candle in the wind:Never fading with the sunset When the rain set in.And your footsteps will always fall here,Along England\'s greenest hills; Your candle\'s burned out long beforeYour legend ever will.Loveliness we\'ve lost; These empty days without your smile. This torch we\'ll always carry For our nation\'s golden child4. And even though we try,The truth brings us to tears;All our words cannot express The joy you brought us through the years.Goodbye England\'s Rose, From a country lost without your soul,Who\'ll miss the wings of your compassion More than you\'ll ever know.


grace: Gunst

to tear (tore, torn) apart: vllig durcheinanderbringen

to whisper: flstern; pain: Schmerz

to fade: verschwinden, sunset: Sonnenuntergang

footstep: Fustapfen

loveliness: Schnheit

torch: Fackel

joy: Freude

wings: Flgel

compassion: Mitleid

2.1. Style and Rhythm

The song is characterised by plainness because there is only one instrument used in the song, also there is only one person singing. By the way the piano plays only a background function, so that the text is to the fore of the song and is easily understandable.

It has a very slow and sad rhythm so that the song became the emotional high spot of the ceremony.

2.2. Stylistic devices in the song

Here are some stylistic devices which are used in the song Candle In The Wind:

  • 1 the stars spell out your name: personification of \"stars\"

  • like a candle in the wind: comparison

  • your candles burned out long before: symbol

  • 4 for our nation\'s golden child: paraphrase

by Florian Then

[1] from: Booklet of the CD: The very best of Elton John

[2] from: World Wide Web