This song is a tribute to John Lennon, who was shot to death in 1980 by a deranged fan. Elton John's wordsmith Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics, but Elton certainly felt a connection to the song, as he was good friends with Lennon and is the Godfather of Lennon's second son, Sean. Elton performed on several of Lennon's songs, including his #1 hit "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
." As payback, Lennon came onstage at Elton's November 28, 1974 concert at Madison Square Garden to join in on a few songs. It ended by being Lennon's last concert appearance.