Elton was to have married his girlfriend who was an heiress to a pickle company, but John Baldry (who is Sugar Bear) and part of Bluesology Band, talked him out of it. He told...
When I think of those east end lights, muggy nights
The curtains drawn in the little room downstairs
Prima donna lord you really should have been there
Sitting like a princess perched in her electric chair
And it's one more beer
And I don't hear you anymore
We've all gone crazy lately
My friends out there rolling round the basement floor

And someone saved my life tonight sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me, didn't you dear
You nearly had me roped and tied
Altar-bound, hypnotized
Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Fly away, high away, bye bye

I never realized the passing hours
Of evening showers
A slip noose hanging, in my darkest dreams
I'm strangled by your haunted social scene
Just a pawn out-played by a dominating queen
It's four o'clock in the morning
Damn it! listen to me good
I'm sleeping with myself tonight
Saved in time, thank god my music's still alive

And someone saved my life tonight, sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me, didn't you dear
You nearly had me roped and tied
Altar-bound, hypnotized
Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Fly away, high away bye bye

And I would have walked head on into the deep end the river
Clinging to your stocks and bonds
Paying your h.p. demands forever
They're coming in the morning with a truck to take me home
Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved my life tonight, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved my life tonight
So save your strength and run the field you play alone

And someone saved my life tonight, sugar bear
You almost had your hooks in me, didn't you dear
You nearly had me roped and tied
Altar-bound, hypnotized
Sweet freedom whispered in my ear
You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Fly away, high away, bye bye

Someone saved, someone saved, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved, someone saved, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved, someone saved, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved, someone saved, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved, someone saved, someone saved my life tonight
Someone saved, someone saved, someone saved my life tonight


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"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" as written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentFrom Wikipedia:

    Taupin's lyric refers to the time in 1969, before John was a popular musician, when Elton was considering marriage to his girlfriend, Linda Woodrow. Elton and Linda were sharing a flat with Bernie on Furlong Road in London’s East End, hence the opening line “When I think of those East End lights.” While having serious doubts about the looming marriage, John contemplated suicide. He took refuge in his friends, especially Long John Baldry, who convinced Elton to abandon his plans to marry in order to salvage and maintain his musical career. As a sign of his respect and gratitude for Baldry, Taupin wrote him into the song as the "someone" in the title.
    Sniper1on July 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmotorbar I think the H.P. means "High Price", just my opinion. I LOVE the this song's lyrics!
    moongirl57son September 21, 2007   Link
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    Song Meaning"Taupin's lyric refers to a time in 1969, before John was a popular musician, when John was engaged to be married to his girlfriend, Linda Woodrow. John and Woodrow were sharing a flat with Taupin in Furlong Road in the East End of London, hence the opening line "When I think of those East End lights." While having serious doubts about the looming marriage, John contemplated suicide. He took refuge in his friends, especially Long John Baldry, who convinced John to abandon his plans to marry in order to salvage and maintain his musical career. As a sign of his respect and gratitude for Baldry, Taupin wrote him into the song as the "someone" in the title, and also as "Sugar Bear".[2] Some radio stations banned or altered the song, due to the use of the words "damn it" in the second verse."

    The true meaning of the song, from Wikipedia. I first thought this song was in dedication to Princess Diana considering the line "Sitting like a Princess, perched in her electric chair" but it's not.
    ExpressiveOneon May 26, 2012   Link
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    General Comment...and then he became a complete homosexual! (from comments below)

    Elton John is one of my favorites, and this song in particular. I enjoy it more for the melodic range than anything else. The lyrics do account for a fabulous composition all around.
    verykenon March 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentOne of the great things about this song is how the chorus continues to reach for musical resolution reflecting the difficulty of the decission he had to make, Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics but Elton John ,as always, gave them life with the clever musical drama.
    dezfair2on April 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentPeople always mention Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" as being one of the most hateful outpourings commited to record, but I think this ranks up there with that. This is a really nasty lyric targeted at a woman Elton was due to marry. A close friend, the "Sugar Bear" of the song, convinced him not to. Despite it's cutting harshness, the song maintains optimism and beauty. I am especially taken with the line about the woman being a "slip noose in his darkest dreams." This is some of the darkest imagery I have ever heard, and it conveys his feelings perfectly.
    Erneston June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentErnest, I believe "Sugar Bear" is Elton's songwriter (I can't remember his name). The reason he told Elton not to get married is because he figured it would go against his stage appearance where he was always dressed very flamboyantly.
    Emo_ezraliteon June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLet's bear in mind that, while, publicly, Elton was at that time either presumed heterosexual and then, at a later point, openly "bisexual," time has proven him to be essentially totally gay. So, while he no doubt had a relationship with this woman, it was most likely based on denial. I think "Sugar Bear" refers to the woman he was supposed to marry. It was in fact the "friend" (and also the song's lyricist), Bernie Taupin, who "saved" Elton's life in that he found Elton lying on the kitchen floor with the gas on. Except that, in reality, there was a tragicomic aspect to it: Elton had his head on a pillow and all the windows were wide open. It was true, though, that Elton was extremely depressed, and the song lyrics certainly reflect that.
    Daithon June 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI lvoe the imagery of this song. its very dark, but at the same time very pretty and beautiful.
    Darekaon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General Comment'Sugar Bear' was actually not his songwriter, but a fellow by the name of John Baldry, who was the one to convince not to marry.
    praceon June 08, 2003   Link

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