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15 Elton John Quotes About Music & Some Of His Most Famous Song Lyrics About Love

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The flashy and flamboyant Elton John is one of the most successful solo artists to grace the Earth. His mass success saw him sell over 300 million records, produce more than fifty Top 40 hits, and have 27 top 10 singles, including nine number one songs. He collaborated with lyricist Bernie Taupin to create songs that blended styles of rock and pop.

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Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in March of 1947, Elton grew up in a semi-conservative household. His parents’ affinity for music proved to be a good environment for developing his talent. At age three, Elton had taught himself how to play the piano, his instrument of choice.

John’s ascension in music came in the early 70s. Number one songs became a regularity for the singer/songwriter. His live shows garnered attention as he would wear lavish, over-the-top outfits and his iconic glasses. Of these outfits, he said "I wasn't a sex symbol like Bowie, Marc Bolan or Freddie Mercury, so I dressed more on the humorous side, because if I was going to be stuck at the piano for two hours, I was going to make people look at me."

Taking a break from music later that decade saw Elton announce that he was bisexual. This was not well received at the time, and the singer was taunted for his sexuality. He later came out as gay, and became an icon for the LGBTQ community.

The 80s and 90s saw Elton become an advocate for AIDS awareness. An issue which hit close to him, as he acknowledged he could have contracted the disease and lost friends to it.

Elton John’s accolades and awards are seemingly endless. He has won multiple Grammy and Brit awards along with a Tony and an Academy award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Four years later, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

An astounding career for an astounding man. Elton John and lyricist collaborated to make some iconic songs. Here are some of the best Elton John quotes and song lyrics from some of his most famously known music:

1. Music heals.

Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” — Elton John

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2. Feeling pain.

Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won’t heal? Your eyes have died but you see more than I” — Elton John “Daniel”

3. Art imitates life.

I've only been interested in the artistic side of life.” — Elton John

4. Ephemeral love.

You know you can’t hold me forever, I didn’t sign up with you, I’m not a present for your friends to open, this boy’s too young to be singing the blues” — Elton John “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

5. Resilience.

I've got that resilient thing inside me. But I wasn't a happy bunny.” — Elton John

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6. Need you in my life.

“I hope you don’t mind, that I put this in words, how wonderful life is when you’re in the world” — Elton John “Your Song”

7. Anyone can make it.

The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star.” — Elton John

8. In my hand.

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band, Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand, And now she's in mine, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand” — Elton John “Tiny Dancer”

9. Cosmic collision.

When stars collide, like you and I, no shadow blocks the sun” — Elton John “The One”

10. Pay attention to love.

So don't misunderstand me, you put the light in my life, you put the sparks to the flame, I've got your heart in my sights” — Elton John “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

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11. Like a candle.

And it seems to me you lived your life, Like a candle in the wind, Never knowing who to cling to, when the rain set in” — Elton John “Candle in the Wind”

12. Live and let live.

I’ll not complain about your boring life, if you just leave me to mine” — Elton John

13. Times have changed.

I used to be a heart beating for someone, But the times have changed, The less I say the more my work gets done”Elton John Philadelphia Freedom”

14. Apologies.

What do I do to make you want me, What have I got to do to be heard, What do I say when it's all over, And sorry seems to be the hardest word”Elton John Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”

15. Balance.

You should never take more than you give”— Elton John

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Brian Montes is a writer who writes about love, relationships, self-care, spirituality and astrology.