Written During Breakfast

Written During Breakfast

Elton John was a guest voice on a Valentines-themed episode of The Simpsons 20 years ago today (February 14th, 1999). His career was launched with the song…”Your Song” music by Elton, lyrics by Bernie Taupin released in 1970.  Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics while eating breakfast; Elton added the music before lunch. It made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is one of the most enduring love songs. Here is Bernie Taupin:

“I wrote ‘Your Song’ when I was 17 years old. Elton and I shared a room at his mother’s tiny little apartment. We had these bunk beds and I used to sit on the bunk and write lyrics while he was in the next room at the piano, and we used to work like that. I actually wrote that while I was having breakfast — because the original lyric had coffee stains on it and, like, you know, sort of egg stains — then sort of handed it to him and he just went into the next room and just hammered it out.”