One of Elton John's most popular album tracks and a big fan favorite, "Elderberry Wine" is a straight-ahead piano-pounding rocker with gruff vocals and funky sax breaks. It's kind of like "Crocodile Rock" (a hit single from the same album) without the self-conscious retro trappings. Lyrically, it's a bit of an eye-roller, a tale of a shiftless layabout who misses the wife who's left him, but mostly because without her being there to make it, he can't get loaded on homemade elderberry wine. One has to view the lyrics as tongue in cheek silliness, because otherwise they contain the single worst couplet of Bernie Taupin's entire career: "You aimed to please me/Cooked black-eyed peas me." Ouch.