It was written by John and his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. Both songs received airplay, but "Your Song" was preferred by disc jockeys and replaced "Take Me to the Pilot" as the A-side, eventually making it to number eight on the Billboard chart. The song also peaked at number seven on the UK Singles Chart , as well as charting in the top 10 in several other countries. John was an opening act for the band at the time and allowed them to record it. They did not release it as a single as they wanted to let John, then an upcoming artist, have a go with it. A demo version was included in John's box set album To Be Continued. One widespread story is that Bernie Taupin wrote the song's lyrics after breakfast one morning on the roof of 20 Denmark Street, London, where John worked for a music publishing firm as an office boy, hence the line "I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss.
There is always a time and a place for great songs to appear. Then years-old, lyricist Bernie Taupin scribbled down the stark, simple and poetic words one morning in There is a magical innocence that is forever embedded in the lyrics. Lyrically, the love song is drawn with vague references to an unnamed lover.
No sooner has Taupin contemplated a shave in the bathroom mirror, than Elton has bashed out a melody and finished the song. We went into the room where the piano was and just hammered it out. It came out in about 20 minutes, and when I was done, I called him in and we both knew. If the lyrics sound naive, it's because they were: Taupin was only 17 when he wrote them, and had never experienced romantic love — not really.
One night he mentioned to me that we could just stay in hotels and travel the world while he did surgeries. We generally don't talk on the phone, but text a few times throughout the week. He expects gourmet meals and an immaculate house. I have to breathe. The church will be in your bedroom, finances, and all your decisions. If you can only think of alcohol and coffee for a good time, you're very disappointed.