This Train Don't Stop There Anymore

Album: Songs from the West Coast (2001)
Charted: 24
  • This piano ballad finds Elton John in a reflective mood, looking back on his past glories and thinking about how he feels now. Using a railroad metaphor, he sings about how he used to be a huge star ("the main express"), but now he's done with those days ("this train don't stop there anymore").

    These are not the words of Elton John, but of his lyricist, Bernie Taupin, who throws light on one side of Elton's personality. His days of high excess may have ended, but Elton's train kept going and making lots of stops along the way, as he kept touring, continuing to put on grand performances.
  • The song has a very memorable video directed by David LaChapelle and starring Justin Timberlake as a young Elton John at the height of his fame. Timberlake walks in slow motion as he lip-synchs the track, mingling with fans and industry associates along the way. Paul Reubens also appears in the clip.

    Robert Downey Jr. did something similar in the 2013 Elton John video for "Home Again," miming the works while a camera tracks him.

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