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Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding by Elton John
Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadReleased: 1973
Elton wrote the music for this song after thinking about what he would want played at his funeral.
The "Funeral For A Friend" section is instrumental. It transitions into "Love Lies Bleeding," an angry song about a broken relationship. Bernie Taupin, who is Elton's songwriting partner, wrote the lyrics.
Since this is about 11 minutes long, it was not released as a single. It became a very popular song on FM radio, partly because it wasn't played very often, and also because it gave DJs a chance to take a bathroom break or smoke a cigarette.
The synthesizer part was played by Dave Hentschel, a producer and engineer who learned how to program the ARP synthesizer, which was fairly new at the time. He went on to work with Ringo Starr and Phil Collins.
The progressive rock group Dream Theater (who are known as Dream Theatre in Europe) did a cover of this on their 1995 album A Change of Seasons