Music Monday: A misinterpreted Elton John song – Daniel

Posted By on April 16, 2018

According to Elton John‘s lyricist Bernie Taupin, "Daniel" was the most misinterpreted song that the pair had ever written. As much as I enjoy the ballad and listening to the talented musician, I really had know idea as to the reason it was written or that of its Elton_John_Danielcontroversial Vietnam era content. I must not have been listening close enough or paying much attention.

"‘Daniel’ had been the most misinterpreted song that we’d ever written," explained Bernie Taupin. "The story was about a guy that went back to a small town in Texas, returning from the Vietnam War. They’d lauded him when he came home and treated him like a hero. But, he just wanted to go home, go back to the farm, and try to get back to the life that he’d led before. I wanted to write something that was sympathetic to the people that came home."
 

  Daniel | Elton John – 1973

Daniel

Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

They say Spain is pretty, though I’ve never been
Well Daniel says it’s the best place that he’s ever seen
Oh and he should know, he’s been there enough
Lord I miss Daniel, oh I miss him so

Oh oh, Daniel my brother you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won’t heal?
Your eyes have died, but you see more than I
Daniel you’re a star in the face of the sky

Oh oh, Daniel my brother you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won’t heal?
Your eyes have died, but you see more than
I Daniel you’re a star in the face of the sky
Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane

I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes
Oh God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

Songwriters: Vladimir Cort / Elton John / Bernie Taupin
Daniel lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.