The Rocketman movie chronicles Elton John's journey from his early days as a Royal Academy of Music prodigy to worldwide acclaim as a superstar. It features the highs and lows of Elton's career, including his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin and his personal struggles with his sexuality and addiction. This song finds the rock legend joining forces with Taron Egerton, the actor who plays him in the film.
Written by Elton with Bernie Taupin, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" plays over Rocketman's end credits. It is the only moment on the soundtrack where we hear John's vocals, as Egerton sings most of the tracks by himself.
The song finds Elton reflecting on his own story, as chronicled in the movie. During the first verse he reminisces on how he learned to trust the "voice inside (his) head," as he strove to follow his dream. Taron Egerton croons the second verse, in which he expresses gratitude for surviving drug, alcohol, and loneliness issues at the height of his career. They sing together during the redemption-filled choruses.
Co-produced by Giles Martin, the soulful stomper is a Motown Pastiche with kitchen-sink production and a horn-driven riff. Martin was music director for Rocketman.
The song won the 2019 Golden Globe award for Best Original Song in a motion picture. As Elton pointed out in their acceptance speech, it was the first award he and Taupin ever won together - Taupin somehow never won a Grammy. "This isn't just a song we wrote for a movie, this is a song we wrote for a movie that deals with our relationship," Taupin said.
The song plays at the end of the film, when Elton is coming out of rehab and is learning to love himself again after recovering from drugs and alcohol. He told Billboard
: "It's an optimistic new chapter in my life, and we both wanted a song that captures that uplifting spirit. Bernie's lyric captured that mood perfectly."
Elton wanted the audience to be dancing up the cinema aisles as the song played. "I immediately saw Bernie's lyrics as a Motown-style song," he said. "A celebration! I then checked out the tempo of 'Come See About Me
' by The Supremes for inspiration and constructed the melody from there."
This won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 2020 ceremony. It was Bernie Taupin's first Oscar and Elton's second - he won in 1995 for "Can You Feel The Love Tonight
" from The Lion King
, which he wrote with Tim Rice.