Empty Sky

Album: Empty Sky (1969)

Songfacts®:

  • The title track of Elton John's debut album is about a prisoner lamenting the loss of his freedom. Written by the fledgling partnership of Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the song is quite long, at 8 minutes 28 seconds. Like the rest of the album it was recorded at the Dick James Music Studios in London and was produced by Steve Brown. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • Bernie Taupin talked about this song in a 1989 interview with Music Connection. Said Taupin: "The title track was quite interesting. I actually wouldn't mind re-recording that song because it was done in a two-track studio. We were basically trying to do 'Sympathy For The Devil' with that introduction. So that one track really stands out for me, and, in fact, Elton used to do that song onstage until sometime in the mid-Seventies. I think it would be really interesting to do that song again."
  • This was recorded at Dick James Music Studios, which was a small studio in London. They got a natural echo by recording Elton's vocal and guitarist Caleb Quayle's solo in the stairwell.
  • This is one of Elton's favorite songs from his illustrious career. "'Empty Sky' has something magical about it," he said in Rolling Stone. "It came together so brilliantly, and still sounds so good. It's hard for a piano player to write a Rock & Roll song. It sounded like a Stones song."
  • While Empty Sky was released in 1969 in the UK, it wasn't officially released in the US until 1975 with a different album cover. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 2

  • Kyle from Belleville, CanadaBruce Springsteen released a song by the same name on his 2002 album "The Rising." His song, however, is about the sights seen the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcElton and Bernie mention the song by name in 1975's "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" from the autobiographical LP "Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy".
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