Writing

Album: Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
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  • Like "Dancing In The Dark" or "25 Or 6 To 4," this is one of those songs about trying to write a song. Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin explained to Music Connection in 1989: "In the early dates, when we were writing those first initial songs, we were living at Elton's mother's apartment in Northwood Hills just outside of London, and it was very much like two young songwriters honing their craft. I mean, we were discovering the way each other worked. It was funny, I'd be in the bedroom writing lyrics and he'd be in the living room at the stand-up piano, and I'd bring him lyrics and go back to the bedroom and write some more. It was very childish.

    In fact, there's a song on the Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy album called 'Writing', which I think does a very good job summing up that period of time. It's about honing your craft, about discovering each other's working patterns. And it was unusual."

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