Candle In The Wind

Tribute To Princess Diana

from Elton John

1. Elton John?s biography of and his most famous songs

March 25, 1947 in Pinner, England

original name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

at the age of 14, Reginald Dwight (Elton) and his friend Stuart Brown
formed a band called the Corvettes, named after a brand of shaving
cream. The band was never very serious and soon broke up.

1963, he got together with Stuart Brown once again and formed
Bluesology, a moderately successful band

on the Valentines Day 1985 he married Renate Blauel in Sydney who he met
first in 1982

Elton was the first western pop star who started a tour through Russia.

Elton’s first #1 hit in the United States was «Crocodile Rock» in 1972.
Elton’s first #1 hit in the United Kingdom was «Don’t Go Breaking My
Heart» in 1976. His first solo hit was «Sacrifice» in 1990.

The albums «Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy» (1975) and
«Rock of the Westies» (1975) both hit #1 in the US on the very day of
their release.

2. Candle In The Wind: The song

over 21 millions sold singles

one of the most often sold singles (3rd place at the moment)

profits from sales of the single Candle In The Wind will be donated
(lat. donare) to Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

? one instrument, one person singing, background function of the piano

rhythm: sad, emotional, slow

2.2. Stylistic devices in the song

Here are some stylistic devices which are used in the song Candle In The
Wind:

1 the stars spell out your name: personification of ”stars”

? like a candle in the wind: comparison

? your candle?s burned out long before: symbol

4 for our nation’s golden child: paraphrase

Candle In The Wind 1997

Goodbye England’s Rose

May you ever grow in our hearts.

You were the grace that placed itself

Where lives were torn apart.

You called out to our country,

And you whispered to those in pain.

Now you belong to heaven,

And the stars spell out your name1.

And it seems to me you lived your life

Like a candle in the wind?:

Never fading with the sunset

When the rain set in.

And your footsteps will always fall here,

Along England’s greenest hills;

Your candle’s burned out long before?

Your legend ever will.

Loveliness we’ve lost;

These empty days without your smile.

This torch we’ll always carry

For our nation’s golden child4.

And even though we try,

The truth brings us to tears;

All our words cannot express

The joy you brought us through the years.

Goodbye England’s Rose,

From a country lost without your soul,

Who’ll miss the wings of your compassion

More than you’ll ever know

Candle In The Wind

Tribute To Princess Diana

from

Elton John

1. Biography of Elton John and his most famous songs

Reginald Kenneth Dwight, the original name of Elton John, was on March
25, 1947 in Pinner, England.

Elton’s mother Sheila used to encourage him to mess around on the piano
when he was little to keep him busy. At the age of 4, he picked out the
tune to Skater’s Waltz, surprising everyone. At the age of 14, Reg
Dwight and his friend Stuart Brown formed a band called the Corvettes,
named after a brand of shaving cream. The band was never very serious
and soon broke up. When he was 16, he got together with Stuart Brown
once again and formed Bluesology, a moderately successful band. Elton
stayed within this band until he went solo. Elton named himself after
Elton Dean and Long John Baldry, two other members of Bluesology.

Elton John met Renate Blauel in 1982 at the studio where he was
recording ”Too Low for Zero”. On 10, 1984, he proposed to her, and they
were married on Valentines Day in Sydney.

Most famous songs:

Elton’s first #1 hit in the United States was ”Crocodile Rock” CASSETTE
in 1972. Elton’s first #1 hit in the United Kingdom was ”Don’t Go
Breaking My Heart” CASSETTE in 1976. His first solo hit was ”Sacrifice”
CASSETTE in 1990. The albums ”Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt
Cowboy” (1975) and ”Rock of the Westies” (1975) both hit #1 in the US on
the very day of their release.

Elton was the first western pop star who stared a tour through Russia.

2. Candle In The Wind: The song

Why did Elton John write this song for his friend Princess Diana
although the Queen of England didn’t want that? The princess’ children
asked him personally to sing her favourite song Candle in the Wind which
was first written for Marilyn Monroe by Elton John. So he decided to
sing that song at her last ceremony in Westminster Abby.

The single Candle in the Wind is sold at about 21 millions times. So it
has become to one of the best sold CD?s. Elton John decided not to keep
the profit of selling it, but to give it to Diana?s organisation Diana,
Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

Video ? TV

2.1. Style and Rhythm

The song is characterised by plainness because there is only one
instrument used in the song, also there is only one person singing. By
the way the piano plays only a background function, so that the text is
to the fore of the song and is easily understandable and everyone can
think about it.

It has a very slow and sad rhythm so that the song became the emotional
high spot of the ceremony.

2.2. Stylistic devices in the song

Here are some stylistic devices which are used in the song Candle In The
Wind:

1 the stars spell out your name: personification of ”stars”

? like a candle in the wind: comparison for how she lived her live. This
means she had a short live because candles go out easily in the wind

? your candle?s burned out long before: candles are a symbol for Diana?s
life

4 for our nation’s golden child: golden child stands for the person
Diana, this is a paraphrase (Umschreibung)

Vocabulary

to encourage

to mess about

high spot

to be to the fore

a paraphrase

plainness

grace

to tear apart

to whisper

pain

to fade

sunset

footstep

loveliness

torch

joy

wings

compassion ex.: You should encourage her in order to become a doctor….

doing things slowly with no plan

the best or the most important part

ex.: to paraphrase a word = to give a def.

Song: Candle in the Wind

to be in s.o.?s grace = he likes you

to pull apart or into pieces by force

the opposite of speaking loudly

if you break you leg you feel great pain

to disappear

the time when the sun disappears and the night begins

a person?s step

a very beautiful person is a ~

ex.: The Olympic torch is carried by runners to the place where the
games is held

great happiness

ex.: Birds have ~ in order to be able to fly.

ex.: She showed great ~ for the sick children. ermutigen, anregen

herumalbern

Hoehepunkt (einer Veranstaltung)

im Vordergrund stehen

Umschreiben

Einfachheit

Gunst

voellig durcheinanderbringen

fluestern

Schmerz

Verschwinden

Sonnenuntergang

Fussstapfen

Schoenheit

Fackel

Freude

Fluegel

Mitleid

Candle In The Wind

Tribute To Princess Diana

from

Elton John

1. Biography of Elton John and his most famous songs

March 25, 1947 in Pinner, England

original name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight

at the age of 14, Reginald Dwight (Elton) and his friend Stuart Brown
formed a band called the Corvettes, named after a brand of shaving
cream. The band was never very serious and soon broke up.

1963, he got together with Stuart Brown once again and formed
Bluesology, a moderately successful band

on the Valentines Day 1985 he married Renate Blauel in Sydney who he met
first in 1982

Elton was the first western pop star who started a tour through Russia.

Elton’s first #1 hit in the United States was «Crocodile Rock» in 1972.
Elton’s first #1 hit in the United Kingdom was «Don’t Go Breaking My
Heart» in 1976. His first solo hit was «Sacrifice» in 1990.

The albums «Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy» (1975) and
«Rock of the Westies» (1975) both hit #1 in the US on the very day of
their release.

2. Candle In The Wind: The song

over 21 millions sold singles

one of the most often sold singles (3rd place at the moment)

profits from sales of the single Candle In The Wind will be donated
(lat. donare) to Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

Candle In The Wind HYPERLINK
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Goodbye Norman Jean

Though I never knew you at all

You had the grace to hold yourself

While those around you crawled

The crawled out of the woodwork

And they whispered into your brain

They set you on the treadmill

And they made you change you name

And it seems to me you lived your live

Like a candle in the wind

Never knowing who to cling to

And I would have like to have known you

But I was just a kid

Your candle burned out long before

Your legend never will

Loneliness was tough

The toughest role you ever played

Hollywood created a superstar

And the pain was the price you paid

Even when you died

The press still hounded you

All the papers had to say

Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

Goodbye Norman Jean

Though I never knew you at all

You had the grace to hold yourself

While those around you crawled

Goodbye Norman Jean

From the young man in the 22nd row

Who sees you as something more than sexual

More than just our Marilyn Monroe Candle In The Wind 1997 HYPERLINK
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Goodbye England’s Rose

May you ever grow in our hearts.

You were the grace that placed itself

Where lives were torn apart.

You called out to our country,

And you whispered to those in pain.

Now you belong to heaven,

And the stars spell out your name1.

And it seems to me you lived your life

Like a candle in the wind?:

Never fading with the sunset

When the rain set in.

And your footsteps will always fall here,

Along England’s greenest hills;

Your candle’s burned out long before?

Your legend ever will.

Loveliness we’ve lost;

These empty days without your smile.

This torch we’ll always carry

For our nation’s golden child4.

And even though we try,

The truth brings us to tears;

All our words cannot express

The joy you brought us through the years.

Goodbye England’s Rose,

From a country lost without your soul,

Who’ll miss the wings of your compassion

More than you’ll ever know. Vocabulary

grace: Gunst

to tear (tore, torn) apart: voellig durcheinanderbringen

to whisper: fluestern; pain: Schmerz

to fade: verschwinden, sunset: Sonnenuntergang

footstep: Fussstapfen

loveliness: Schoenheit

torch: Fackel

joy: Freude

wings: Fluegel

compassion: Mitleid

2.1. Style and Rhythm

The song is characterised by plainness because there is only one
instrument used in the song, also there is only one person singing. By
the way the piano plays only a background function, so that the text is
to the fore of the song and is easily understandable.

It has a very slow and sad rhythm so that the song became the emotional
high spot of the ceremony.

2.2. Stylistic devices in the song

Here are some stylistic devices which are used in the song Candle In The
Wind:

1 the stars spell out your name: personification of ”stars”

? like a candle in the wind: comparison

? your candle?s burned out long before: symbol

4 for our nation’s golden child: paraphrase

© by Florian Then

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