"Daniel" as written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Vladimir Cort....
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 much

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

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"Daniel" as written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin

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    General CommentThis song means so much to me. I never knew that it was about a Vietnam vet, but it reminds me of my friend named Daniel who died in a car crash last Mother's Day.

    I always took "Spain" to represent "Heaven" somehow, and for some reason the rest of the song seems to make sense with that. When Elton John sings "God it looks like Daniel...must be the clouds in my eyes" this is just what I feels like when I have a dream and Daniel is in it.

    The "pain of the scars that won't heal" speaks of the injuries that he recieved at the time of the car crash, and after seeing him in the wake, this song made that much more sense to me.

    "Lord I miss Daniel, oh I miss him so much..."

    RIP Daniel Snow 05/09/2004
    BlackTaxi2don May 26, 2005   Link
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    Song Meaningaccording to Philip Norman's (brilliant) biography of EJ, when he and Bernie Taupin first toured the US, Bernie read a newspaper article about a young kid whose brother had been sent to fight in Vietnam. Tp save him worrying his parents had told the youngster that his brother was going on holiday to Spain. His brother then returned blinded and with many other wounds. Originally there was a third verse which brought it all together (a "denouement" as they call it) but it was cut in the studio to include the elctric piano solo and keerp the song to three minutes.
    jonnytwospoonson November 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this song is very well done and people just say it sucks because he's gay. All Elton's words are written by Bernie Taupin who isn't gay! It's actually about a brother who is leaving and was previously in the war and lost his sight there.
    joeyfox1on August 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree too with u all, Elton is the greatest of greats,,his talet has no frontiers,,,he posses a gift, was born to sing.
    pUnK_rOcK_dUcKon April 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti also agree! When i say that i like Elton John's music, everyone looks at me like i am weird. Then they say that he'a gay. And i go ya so what. But i love this song, it is very beautiful!

    \\// Peace
    Rollingstonesrockon November 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBernie Taupin read an article about a Vietnam veteran who had gone been very disappointed at life back home in USA after the war and founded new life in Spain. The song simply is a storyteller told through the eyes of Daniel's brother about Daniel leaving to Spain. It's based on a true-story.

    The original lyrics by Taupin had one more verse to them, which explained what the song was about basicly, but Elton figured it wouldn't fit in his melody scheme's and it was never recorded.
    hairychesteron December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've always heard it's about a person headed to Vietnam. I felt that it was that way also. But it gets confusing. If he (Daniel) was headed to Spain then I feel he is going to vietnam. Because Spain would be a possible stop for a British Soldier going to Vietnam. Also Daniel says it's the Prettiest place he's ever seen. Which means he has Eyesight. Unless of course there is some poetic meaning in there.

    Then when it says "Scars that won't heal" I think he is back from Vietnam and has been wonded.

    Either way excellent song.
    smittie1984on February 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Your eyes have died but you see more than I"

    This line doesn't mean that Daniel is blind. When a soldier comes off the front line, a soldier who has seen the worst, toughest fighting, is sometimes said to have a "thousand yard stare", the eyes appear to stare right through you and to something far behind you. It's a phrase coined from the Vietnam War.

    Very closely, to say "your eyes have died" is a reference to this emotional battle scar (the thousand yard stare). To add that "you see more than I" is saying that Daniel, even though scarred, sees things for what they really are.
    Alsatianon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard in my life. You know why we don't have a remembrance day for tramps because they don't do anything for the country. They're leeches. Soldiers die for your country so idiots like you can come on the internet and make ridiculous comments such as the one above me. Sometimes I wonder how the human race has survived for so long with IDIOTS like Ed Clarke.
    sarashambleson May 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEd Clarke, do you have no respect? Noone is pretending to care. It's a genuine emotion to feel for the people who gave their lives so we could live in peace.
    Quite simply, you're an ignorant, selfish idiot who should keep quiet.

    As to the song.. Someone said they're the best lyrics ever. I disagree. I really appreciate the meaning behind the song, but the lyrics are actually very simply, in my opinion. (Very straightforward)

    Basically, I think the song is about Daniel who has died. Because Daniel thinks Spain is "the best place that he's ever seen", that is where the brother imagines him being in heaven, if that makes sense. (The first verse with Daniel leaving on a plane to Spain).
    I LOVE this song.
    regan_89on September 15, 2006   Link

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