As one of Elton John's most intimate and biographical songs, "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" easily stood out from the rest of Captain Fantastic's repertoire. John's piano playing is ominous, almost foreboding, sneaking up in perfect creep-along fashion, with his lyrics hanging in a thickened air of symbolism and at times, stark anger. Touching on Elton John's contemplation of suicide, which led to an actual attempt, the song remains one of his darkest. Its dream-like atmosphere and gloomy appeal brought it to number four on Billboard in 1975, the only song from the album to make the charts, even though Captain Fantastic aptly displays the cohesion between Bernie Taupin and Elton John as songwriters. The single only made it to the 22 spot in his homeland, but the album itself made it to number two, and in the U.S. it became the first album to make its debut at number one, resting there for seven consecutive weeks. Even though John made his mark with earlier ballads like "Levon," "Rocket Man," and "Daniel," it was the overall desperation of "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" that struck a chord with his fans, and a blatant cry for help from John himself.