Elton John: Candle In The Wind


Marilyn Monroe in Palm Springs

 While I was in Palm Springs visiting with my cousin to see him act in a play, I came across this stunning statue of Marilyn Monroe and it immediately reminded me of Elton John's song, Candle In The Wind. This 26 foot tall and 34,000 pound statue will be leaving Palm Springs, California and heading to Hamilton, N.J. in April. I'm glad I got to see it while it was close by.

Monday Music Quote: Elton John

"Goodbye Norma Jean. Though I never knew you at all, you had the grace to hold yourself while those around you crawled."

Wikipedia Says


"Candle in the Wind" is a song with music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It was originally written in 1973, in honour of Marilyn Monroe, who had died 11 years earlier.
In 1997, John performed a rewritten version of the song as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. This version of the song was released as a single and reached No. 1 in many countries, proving a much greater success than the original, officially being listed as the second best-selling single of all time.


Chords to Candle In The Wind

I have the sheet music and the song is written in the Key of E Major, played in a slow 2.

Intro

B  A  E/G#  F#m7  E  B

EA
Goodbye Norma Jean, though I never knew you at all
E/G#AAsus  A
You had the grace to hold yourself while those around you crawled--------
EA
They crawled out of the woodwork and they whispered into your brain
E/G#AAsus  A
They sent you on a treadmill and they made you change your name--------

Chorus:
BB7
 And it seems to me you lived your life
EA
 Like a candle in the wind
E                         A/E       EB      Bsus B
 Never knowing who to cling to when the rain set in
AC#m
 And I would have liked to've known you but I was just a kid
B           Bsus BAE/G# 

 Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did------
F#m7 E A E/G# F#m7 E B B7


Loneliness was tough, the toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar and pain was the price you paid
And even when you died, oh, the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say was that Marilyn was found in the nude

Goodbye Norma Jean, though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself while those around you crawled
Goodbye Norma Jean, from a young man in the twenty second row
Who sees you as something more than sexual, more than just our Marilyn Monroe

BB7
 And it seems to me you lived your life
EA
 Like a candle in the wind
E                          A/E        EB  Bsus  B
 Never knowing who to cling to when the rain set in
AC#m
 And I would have liked to've known you but I was just a kid
B      Bsus BAE/G#
 Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did------

Coda


E  E7/G#  A  C#m  B  Bsus  B  A  E/G#  F#m7  E

Chord Breakdown

Intro:

L.H. / R.H.

B/ BD#F#B
A/EABC#
G#/EG#B
F#/EAC#
E/EG#B
B/D#F#B

Verse 1

E/BEG#       Goodbye Norma Jean, Though I never
A/C#EC#     knew you at all, you had the grace to hold
G#E/BEB     yourself while those around you crawled.
A/AC#E, A/ADE
A/AC#E       They crawled out of the 
E/EG#B        woodwork and they whispered
A/C#E          into your brain. They sent you on a 
G#E/BEB     treadmill and they
G#E/BA       made you change your name
A/AC#E, A/ADE, A/AC#E And it
B/D#F#B      seems to me you lived your
BA/D#G#     life like a 
E/EG#B        candle in the 
A/AC#E       wind, Never
E/EG#B        knowing who to cling 
E/C#EB        to
E/BEG#       when the 
B/BD#G#     rain set in.
B/BEF#, B/D#F# and I would
A/EAC#       have liked to known you, but I was
C#/C#EG#   just a kid. Your candle burned out
B/BD#G#    long before your
B/BEF#, B/D#F#
A/AC#E      legend ever did.
G#/EB

Coda

E/G#B
G#/G#DE
A/EAC#
C#/EG#C#
B/F#BE
B/BEF#
B/BD#F#
A/AC#E
G#/EB
F#/A#C#
EE/G#BE

Option: Easy Version in C

    C                                     F
1. Goodbye England's Rose, may you ever      grow in our hearts,
                              C                                   F
    you were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart.
                           C                          F
    You called out to our country, and you whispered     to those in pain,
                        C                                  F
    now you belong to heaven and the stars spell out your name
        G                                      C             F
And it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind
       C                               G
Never fading with the sunset when the rain set in
          F                                     Am
And your footsteps will always fall here along England's greenest hills  -
      C                 G                        F           C - G
Your candle burned out long before   ===   your legend ever will
     C                                       F
2.  Loveliness we've lost, those empty days    without your smile,
                             C                            F
    this torch we'll always carry for a nation's golden child.
                        C             F
    And even though we try, === the truth brings us to tears,
             \        C                                               F
    all our words cannot express the joy you brought us through the years.

 + REFR.
      C                                    F
3.  Goodbye England's Rose, may you ever     grow in our hearts,
                              C                                   F
    you were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart.
      C                                          F
    Goodbye England's Rose, from a country lost     without your soul,
                    \                 C                                F
    who'll miss the wings of your compassion more than you will ever know 

+ REFR.
             F                                     Am
+  And your footsteps will always fall here along England's greenest hills  -
          F                 G                F               - C
    Your candle burned out long before your legend ever will 
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