Your Song peaked at no 10 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 17 April 1971.
The lyrics express the romantic thoughts of an innocent person. John sings a straightforward love-song lyric at the beginning: “It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside / I’m not one of those who can easily hide / I don’t have much money, but boy, if I did / I’d buy a big house where we both could live.” At times the self-deprecating narrator stumbles to get out his feelings, which despite being a melodramatic device, AllMusic calls “effective and sweet”.
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“The original lyric was written very rapidly on the kitchen table of Elton’s mother’s [house] in Northwood Hills in the suburbs of London, if I recall, on a particularly grubby piece of exercise paper,” Bernie Taupin recalled in The Independent.
Taupin was only 17 when he penned the lyrics and had very little experience with romance. “It’s the voice of someone who hasn’t experienced love in any way,” he noted. “It’s a very virginal song.”
Upon reading Taupin’s lyrics for the first time, John retreated to the family piano and immediately began formulating a melody.
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