Elton John

I've Seen That Movie Too

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This gem from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is one of the best ballads in his catalog because it wraps a truly inspired lyric in one of John’s most elegant melodies. "I’ve Seen That Movie Too" tackles the break-up ballad genre from a unique angle by using movie references as to create an elaborate metaphor for a love affair grown cold: "So save your audition for somebody/Who hasn’t got so much to lose/’Cause you can tell by the lines I’m reciting/That I’ve seen that movie, too." Elton John’s melody is appropriately low-key and stylish, combining verses that ebb and flow in a jazzy style with a chorus that delivers its emotional hooks in a fluid, gently swinging style. John’s recording of "I’ve Seen That Movie Too" lives up to the elegant melody with a lush arrangement that makes it feel more like cocktail jazz than a pop song: John pours his heart out through jazzy but emotional vocals and elegant, punchy piano licks over a a steady, insistent beat that is cushioned with a lilting string arrangement. It also works in a captivating instrumental break where Davey Johnstone’s slide guitar solo intertwines with soaring riffs from the string section. The result is a ballad that is as elegant and timeless-sounding as the movies it pays tribute to. "I’ve Seen That Movie Too" was never issued as a single but has become an enduring favorite with Elton John fans, including Axl Rose - who name-checked the song in the Guns ‘N’ Roses hit "You Could Be Mine."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973 Def Jam / Island / Rocket Group Pty LTD / Universal 5:59
No Image 1982 Rocket Group Pty LTD