Elton John

Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Composed by Bernie Taupin / Elton John

Song Review by

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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy 1975 Mercury / Virgin EMI
No Image 1975 MCA
No Image 1980 K-Tel Distribution
No Image 1983 DJM Records
No Image 1984 Premier
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1986 Island/Def Jam / motownmoe.com / Polydor / Universal 6:45
To Be Continued... 1990 Geffen / Island / Universal 6:44
Love Songs [1995] 1995 Universal Music 6:48
Love Songs 1996 Island / Island/Def Jam / MCA / Universal / Universal Music 6:47
No Image 2001 Universal Distribution
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 6:46
The Greatest Hits 1970-2002 2002 Island / Universal Distribution 6:47
Greatest Hits Live: 1970 - 2002 2003 Mercury / Rocket
Greatest Hits Live @ Madison Square Garden 2003 Universal International
Singers and Songwriters: Diary 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Dream Ticket 2004 WAB
Greatest Hits/One Night Only 2005 Universal Distribution / Mercury / Mercury Records
Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden 2007 Island/Mercury / Mercury
Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden [DVD] 2007 Mercury
No Image 2010 Concert Live
No Image Rock
Greatest Hits [BR Music] BR Music
No Image
Various Artists
Columbia
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