Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Daniel

"Daniel," written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, is one of those songs that punches me right in the gut every time I hear it. Hell, it gets me even if I just think about it. For me, there is so much meaning in those few seemingly simple lines, so much truth.

Happy belated birthday to my brother, Daniel. A man who, like the man in the song, is always traveling on a plane, who is always far, far away, and who, like the man in the song, is a star, even if he doesn’t know it yet.

Love you, bro’. We miss you. Come home soon. Please?

Daniel is travelling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes
They say Spain is pretty though I've never been
Well Daniel says it's the best place that he's ever seen
Oh and he should know, he's been there enough
Lord I miss Daniel, oh I miss him so much
Daniel my brother you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won't heal
Your eyes have died but you see more than I
Daniel you're a star in the face of the sky
Daniel is travelling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes
Oh God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

2 Comments:

At 7:01 PM, Blogger windreader said...

this is my favorite EJ song. several years ago, when EJ and Billy Joel played a concert here in Syracuse, they performed every song either of them wrote except 'Daniel'. as great as the concert was, I was left feeling less than totally satisfied.

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger P.J.Backman said...

Wow, I must find and listen to that song now. I love the lyrics, I could see how they'd be a heart-punch for sure.

 

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