Elton John

Elderberry Wine

Composed by Bernie Taupin / Elton John

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player 1973 Mercury / Virgin EMI 3:31
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973 Def Jam / Island / Universal 6:24
No Image 1984 Premier
Your Songs 1985 MCA 3:30
5 Classic Albums (1970-1973) 2012 Island / Island/Def Jam / Mercury 3:33
No Image Wild Street
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