I have to admit that I kind of gave up on Elton John sometime in the nineties. I figured he’d eternally consigned himself to writing musicals about talking lions, publishing books about flowers and weeping at funerals. It seemed like Sir Elton was keeping himself so busy doing important things like raising millions of dollars for his AIDS Foundation that making good music dropped from the top of his priority list. Of course, it would be inhuman to find fault with Elton’s charity work and activism – he really has raised millions and millions of dollars for AIDS research, education and prevention, as well as fighting discrimination and standing up for marriage equality. Elton John has set an inspiring standard for using his wealth and status to make the world a better place. So if it looked as if he’d lost his musical calling along the way, it would be easy enough to forgive him. Except that he hadn’t. He just got distracted by all those Disney dollars for a quick minute. When I first heard this song – on the sound system at Walmart of all places – I couldn’t believe my ears. What was this long lost classic, and how had I never known of its existence? I looked at every Elton John album at my disposal, which was most of them, and couldn’t find it. It took a while, in those dark pre-internet days, to find out that it was actually a brand new single, from a brand new album. Songs From the West Coast turned out to be the best album Elton had made since probably the eighties, not least because he ditched trying to test drive all the latest production gimmicks. It was a good album all the way through, but this song is the obvious standout. I would confidently put it up there with his best work. It’s definitely one of his most soulful and touching vocal performances. Elton can be a campy little diva sometimes, but when he sits down at the piano with a great ballad, he positively flows with emotion. I also think that Elton had to be a little older and wiser for this song. It’s a song for a mature singer, someone who can look back on a lifetime of mistakes and then look to the future with wary optimism. The young Elton would still have made a good song out of this, but it would have been fluff. It’s the right song for an older Elton, an Elton who can really blow it out of the water. And that’s how he proved that he never lost his mojo, that he was still brilliant and he still had so much to share.