"Candle In The Wind" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
They crawled out of the woodwork
And they whispered into your brain
They set you on the treadmill
And they made you change your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Loneliness was tough
The toughest role you ever played
Hollywood created a superstar
And pain was the price you paid
Even when you died
Oh the press still hounded you
All the papers had to say
Was that Marilyn was found in the nude

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did

Goodbye Norma Jean
Though I never knew you at all
You had the grace to hold yourself
While those around you crawled
Goodbye Norma Jean
From the young man in the twenty second row
Who sees you as something more than sexual
More than just our Marilyn Monroe

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did
Your candle burned out long before
Your legend ever did


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"Candle in the Wind" as written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin

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    General CommentIn "Candle in the Wind," Marilyn Monroe is not the focus of the song. The song is more about the pitfalls of life in the public eye. This song, as stated by Bernie Taupin, can be about any public figure who is tormented by the pressures and the standards that the press and fans make him or her life up to.
    james_israelon October 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBernie Taupin wrote this song, not Elton John. Elton wrote the music.
    LVHon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song (so beautiful!) and Marilyn Monroe. The lyrics should say "Norma Jeane" instead of "Norma Jean," though, since Marilyn's birth name was spelled with an E on the end of Jeane...
    llama_baileyon December 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song doesn't necessarily imply that she committed suicide. And for every book out there that "demolishes" a theory, there is another book that does the same to the other theory. The only person who will ever know what truly happened to Norma Jeane is her (and, if she was killed, her killer).

    It is a lovely song; as soon as I heard it I fell in love with it.
    It's amazing how Taupin and Elton John work together to produce such wonderful music. Taupin knows Elton's emotions, and puts them into words, while Elton will take his lyrics and put them to music and sing them.
    Cedahliaon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that while this definitely applies to Marilyn Monroe, Bernie Taupin is much more subtle than that. It can apply to anyone who was 'hounded by the press' or in other ways destroyed by their own fame, but that Marliyn was obviously in mind when the song was written. "your candle burned out long before your legend ever did" can be taken to mean that while her life ended very abruptly and tragically, she will endure as a legend for much longer than her life lasted. and that goes for other such legends as well.
    gorfanzaion May 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLoneliness was tough
    The toughest role you ever played
    Hollywood created a superstar
    And pain was the price you paid
    Even when you died
    Oh the press still hounded you

    Works Perfect for Michael Jackson too!
    stranger34on July 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm sure all of you know that this song is about Marilyn Monroe's life. It's about all of the difficult things she had to go through as an actress. The world made it hard for her to live, and she died because of it. "Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did" means that she just couldn't take it anymore and she died, but she will always be remembered.
    SpaceyLover11on April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy has only one person (2 now) postde a comment on this song? it's beautiful!
    matty_keatingon April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is great, but contrary to popular belief, Marilyn Monroe did not commit suicide. Donald Wolfe's book "The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe" conclusively demolishes the suicide theory. It is on amazon.com, and if you are interested in Marilyn at all you owe it to yourself to read this book/
    DJacques75on May 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti sort of prefer these lyrics to '97. These are more about empathy and maybe even grief, while the new version was just gushing and "oh yer so great."
    pumkinhedon December 11, 2004   Link

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