With long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin back in tow, Elton John came up aces on Too Low For Zero (1983), which featured this thumping revivalist rocker. Both the lyrical content as well as the driving tempo heralded a return in spirit to John’s rock and roll icon status -- which had been wavering since the late ‘70s. It likewise was his highest charting single of the ‘80s thus far, landing quite respectably in the Top Five during the summer of 1983. It would be nearly two years before the Cold War-inspired love song “Nikita” would outperform “I’m Still Standing”. Taupin’s lyrics perfectly capture the behind-the-scenes struggle that was concurrently going on between the artist and his relatively new label Geffen Records. The chorus contains a perfect example of the duality within John’s defiance and insecurity: “I’m still standing/better than I ever did/ Looking like a true survivor/feeling like a little kid/I’m still standing after all this time/picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind.” The track is also a return to form musically as John’s ‘70s quintessential quartet -- featuring Davey Johnstone (guitar/vocals), Dee Murray (bass/vocals) and Nigel Olsson (drums/vocals) -- briefly reunited in the mid ‘80s after an eight year absence. In addition to aiding the jump start of this phase of John’s career, “I’m Still Standing” has become a performance staple. In a deliciously ironic twist, John once slipped and fell on stage while performing “I’m Still Standing”. Only Elton!