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Elton John — Funeral For a Friend - Love Lies Bleeding
Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Total ratings: 1978









Released: 1973
Length: 10:27
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The roses in the window box
Have tilted to one side
Everything about this house
Was born to grow and die
Oh, it doesn't seem a year ago
To this very day
You said I'm sorry honey
If I don't change the pace
I can't face another day
And love lies bleeding in my hand
Oh, it kills me to think of you with another man
I was playing rock and roll and you were just a fan
But my guitar couldn't hold you so I split the band
Love lies bleeding in my hands
I wonder if those changes
Have left a scar on you
Like all the burning hoops of fire
That you and I passed through
You're a bluebird on a telegraph line
I hope you're happy now
Well, if the wind of change
Comes down your way girl
You'll make it back somehow
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Certainly a candidate for one of the all-time great rock epic intros to a brilliant song. 
Absolute frickin masterpiece!
If you could only own 10 albums, this, for me, is definitely one of them. All kinds of great B tracks. Harmony, I've Seen That Movie too  
Used to call in to my school's radio station for this cuz I could hold the station hostage for so long and enjoy every minute.
As good as the first time I heard it many, many mango seasons ago.  A 10+ then and still a 10+,...maybe even a 12 for me!!
 westslope wrote:
Pompous and bombastic, like some of the prog and heavy rock from the period.
 
Yes, a trifle heavy-handed and syrupy as well, but that was the style back then.  Anyhow, good tune.
Wow.  I had forgotten about this song.  Used to listen to it full blast via 8-track on the stereo growing up.  Always gave me chills.
Heavier then Black Sabbath, more progressive then Yes with as many Hooks as Sgt. Pepper and as long as a Jethro Tull song. {#Roflol}
 
Well, that certainly starts my propulsion engines to get the day moving ahead... 
Always a goose-bump generator for me.  {#Bananajam}
 twoplain2sea wrote:
         Stilted tactics from ground control
What does a deranged astronaut see is but feet.
 
Windage, brother, windage!
 RobN wrote:
So do I. And I thought I was imagining it.
 
I'm not an audiophile, but I sensed that he was, for a very short period, doing a soft-shoe around someone else's signature, but purposively — by extension, consciously — as though to suggest it was something he could do because he'd already amply demonstrated his own chops, or was doing so in those very bars.
One of the many good reasons there is Elton John (from before there was a Sir). All pipes blazing.
Volume goes up... feet... gaze... Nice!
I saw Elton John in concert back in Yellowbrick days at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.  He opened the show with this.  

OMG!!

It was wonderful.

Graham (somewhere in Kuwait)
 jab49 wrote:
If religion were half as good as this song, I'd sign up. The man's a genius. Great memories of a great album. Thanks RP.

 
THEY are geniuses. Don't forget Bernie!
 jmsmy wrote:
Heavier then Black Sabbath and more progressive then Yes

 
Oh pleeez, leave the hyperbole to President Trump.  
Pompous and bombastic, like some of the prog and heavy rock from the period.

Heavier then Black Sabbath, more progressive then Yes with as many Hooks as Sgt. Pepper and as long as a Jethro Tull song.{#Roflol}
Should be at least a 9 here! Amazing piece.
I was a freshman in HS when this was released in 73.  I was mostly doing the Sabbath and Zep thang.  MY mother liked Elton and she bought me this 8 track.  We wore this out and have been a fanboy to this day, especially this album.  I even got a little cool factor bump and school for having it.  Thanks Mom!

I remember my math teacher borrowed it and recorded onto Reel-to-Reel.
Their was so much tape in their it started to drag and finally eviscerated itself.
 
 westslope wrote:
There are a few bars where I hear the Who.  

Or am I imaging things?

 
So do I. And I thought I was imagining it.
A true classic.
 thecdar wrote:
Never get tired of this...

 
Ditto..  Thanks so much for playing!  It's been awhile..
Never get tired of this...
There are a few bars where I hear the Who.  

Or am I imaging things?
This is like Bach or Chopin-like outstanding {#Cool}
Tumbleweed Connection is still my favourite EJ album, but there are a couple of sides on this LP that were awesome too!

I saw him in concert in Toronto.  He opened with this song.  God like.  He had the audience from the first note.

Graham
somewhere in Kuwait. 
 jab49 wrote:
If religion were half as good as this song, I'd sign up. The man's a genius. Great memories of a great album. Thanks RP.

 
I don't know. Elton John as a religion...

 
And a good Halloween morning to you. As usual, Bill sets the tone for the day!
If religion were half as good as this song, I'd sign up. The man's a genius. Great memories of a great album. Thanks RP.
Take Me to the Pilot and Saturday Nights All Right, two slices of of Elton's creative peak, are also brilliant tunes that RP might share. Hint. Benny and the Jets, imo, unfortunately, is dreck, not least because it was played played played played played and then played another 3,765 times too many on FM, so we might live a tuneful life without that one.  
 LindyLuv wrote:
Oh, c,mon, aren't you all a little tired of Elton John by now? And hasn't he done better than this?
 
Nope and nope.
         Stilted tactics from ground control
What does a deranged astronaut see is but feet.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Cool... I can never forget how one moonlit night in '85 I was walking along the Pearl Street Mall with a certain Jenny and there was a street musician banging away on an old upright piano, and lo and behold, he was dashing his way into the best part of this song. That night, she made me feel like I'd never felt before. Within too short a time, she sabotaged it, and Love lay bleeding. But what a memory!

 
Great story! 

 I remember being a post-high-school party with some friends and we were all getting drunk. The guy who was hosting the party while his parents were away sat down at the piano and began playing the solo part to this song. Perfectly. Passionately. I had absolutely no idea that he knew how to play, but he'd clearly had years of training. Mind-blowing. 
 Rogertheshrubber wrote:

Agreed!

 
Also strongly agree.  This kind of programming and seque is why RP is my main listen even after over 10 years.
 molson wrote:
GENIUS AT WORK! If you did not grow up hearing this on the radio, and then go out and buy the vinyl, you might not get how unbelievably HUGE this song and this record meant to millions of teenagers and adult alike. The record seemingly came out of the clouds from a new appointed genius!

 
Well put.  It was hugely popular and deservedly so.  Holds up reasonably well all these years later too.
From a time when EJ was making good music (with no small thanks to those around him).
GENIUS AT WORK! If you did not grow up hearing this on the radio, and then go out and buy the vinyl, you might not get how unbelievably HUGE this song and this record meant to millions of teenagers and adult alike. The record seemingly came out of the clouds from a new appointed genius!
 Yes and yes, LindyLuv!  Good lyrics but had to mute - was hurting my ears. I like Elton, but this doesn't do it for me in any way.

LindyLuv wrote:
Oh, c,mon, aren't you all a little tired of Elton John by now? And hasn't he done better than this?
 


I'm always looking for things to put on my calendar.
Keeps me happy when they arrive.
Today it was the Apple Festival in Glastonbury.
Lots of fun, and I looked forward to it for weeks.
Next: I'm hoping to add the day that Bill adds "0" to the rating scale.
This song deserves it. 
 
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Great segue from Carmen - both thematically and musically.  
 
Agreed!
Great segue from Carmen - both thematically and musically.  Well played, Bill!
I like. They're all ok. Somes just better. 
 LindyLuv wrote:
Oh, c,mon, aren't you all a little tired of Elton John by now? And hasn't he done better than this?
 
No and no.. {#Cheesygrin}
Oh, c,mon, aren't you all a little tired of Elton John by now? And hasn't he done better than this?
 Stingray wrote:

I listened patiently - most because of the many positive comments!

I cannot join you - a TERRIBLE song! As terrible as the whole person!

Just ridiculous!



 
I think your bias is getting in the way. I don't particularly like 'the person' either, but this song is pure freakin' genius.To say it's "terrible" tells me you don't know have an ounce of musical aptitude, nor appreciation.
1973? early synthtastic! Some good mucisicianship on this album I guess.   At least it's better than "are you ready for love"! 

I'm finding this hard to rate.
Bloody hell this is awful.
 Stingray wrote:

I listened patiently - most because of the many positive comments!

I cannot join you - a TERRIBLE song! As terrible as the whole person!

Just ridiculous!



 
so very wrong on so many levels!

and yet that's what's great about RP - we all have our own tastes and ideals and get to hear each others' - sometimes with surprising results, sometimes just reinforcing what we already felt....
One of his last really GREAT albums.
 NeuroGeek wrote:
I was wondering what Bill was going to use to follow from Toccata in D Minor - nothing really can match the strength and awesomeness of that piece - but thematically, this works well. 

 
Actually, the best thing to follow is the Fugue that goes with it - they're two halves of one piece of music.
Love the bass.
ah, the Bach n Roll segue...
love
 
all those burning hoops of fire that you and I passed through...
 ottovonb wrote:
The very peak of the bell curve that is Elton's career.

 

Sounds bout right.
I was wondering what Bill was going to use to follow from Toccata in D Minor - nothing really can match the strength and awesomeness of that piece - but thematically, this works well. 


Great start to the day, I have enjoyed most of his music over the years.  I was fortunate enough to see Elton perform with the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra back in the 1980s, that was a great show.
Another one of those songs that's a 9 by itself, but the whole album is a 10. 
Alan Parsons Project?
 kingart wrote:

True.  But also on the same disc as one of the low points. Bennie and the Jets was, has been vastly overplayed on FM, an already mediocre slop of pop to begin with, that long, long ago wore out its welcome.  Too big a hit for its or our own good. On the same vinyl with this terrific sing along, and Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting, too.  Junk metal in with the jewelry. 

 
"Grey Seal" is up there in my book.
 ottovonb wrote:
The very peak of the bell curve that is Elton's career.

 
True.  But also on the same disc as one of the low points. Bennie and the Jets was, has been vastly overplayed on FM, an already mediocre slop of pop to begin with, that long, long ago wore out its welcome.  Too big a hit for its or our own good. On the same vinyl with this terrific sing along, and Saturday Nights Alright for Fighting, too.  Junk metal in with the jewelry. 
Cool... I can never forget how one moonlit night in '85 I was walking along the Pearl Street Mall with a certain Jenny and there was a street musician banging away on an old upright piano, and lo and behold, he was dashing his way into the best part of this song. That night, she made me feel like I'd never felt before. Within too short a time, she sabotaged it, and Love lay bleeding. But what a memory!
I prefer the live version of this, recorded at Madison Square Garden, from his album Here and There, released in 1976
The very peak of the bell curve that is Elton's career.
 Bozo wrote:
By 1973, the music was getting VERY interesting.  It may have been the highwater mark year.  Think long and hard.  I know  the concerts were getting more sophisticated. (But tickets were still just $10 for anybody)
 
Here's a fun link. Top albums ranked by year (from the 1940s to date). They've got GYBR at #7 (click link, scroll down):
https://www.besteveralbums.com/yearstats.php?y=1973
And as far as concert tickets, most major acts were still charging $5 in '73.
 Bozo wrote:

By 1973, the music was getting VERY interesting.  It may have been the highwater mark year.  Think long and hard.  I know  the concerts were getting more sophisticated. (But tickets were still just $10 for anybody)

 
The best music was recorded from 1972-1974. There were other good years, but those years were undeniably special.
One of my very favorite Elton tunes.
Such a high water mark. Creative, energetic, talented. 
I miss this Elton/Bernie. 
I was really no longer into Elton in the early eighties, but was SO glad I went to see him live ('Empty Garden' was the tune at the time.) His original band - that was there that night at Starlight amphitheater here in K.C. - was SO good! They opened with this song and I recall standing there being astounded...from that point through the encores.
Fantastic opening to a fantastic album- one of my all time favourites.
 Elroweho wrote:

Great insight Poose! Dee Murray had a very distinctive style that I truly admired and can say had serious influence on me to play the instrument. Needless to say I could not hold a candle to Dee's talent. I was truly sad when he died. 

 
Awesome bass line here...seriously amazing
The beginning of the end.
Liberace John.
 
 ThePoose wrote:
Amazing bass, Dee. RIP.

 
Amen to that. Another one of my bass idols--yes, there are many.
When you look up bombastic in the dictionary, this song starts playing. Yes, Elton, there is such a thing as too much.
 ThePoose wrote:
Amazing bass, Dee. RIP.

 
Great insight Poose! Dee Murray had a very distinctive style that I truly admired and can say had serious influence on me to play the instrument. Needless to say I could not hold a candle to Dee's talent. I was truly sad when he died. 

dang what a masterpiece, dig them shoes too..{#Cheesygrin}


Am I wrong or do I hear a touch of Klezmer in the instrumental?
Just wish this was the LIVE version.. from "Here and There" recorded in Madison Square Garden, with, if I recall correctly, more than a touch of remembrance of Elton's friend…  John Lennon… I trust Bill would know for sure. 
It's a journey AND a destination. 
 84MacGuy wrote:
Elton was hitting on all cylinders when he put this album out.

 
....... he certainly was
Man, that is some good rock and roll
My favorite Elton John Album. I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard it.  EXCELLENT!  {#Bananapiano}
Elton was hitting on all cylinders when he put this album out.
Amazing bass, Dee. RIP.
 oddbod wrote:
I've loved this since it first came out, one of his best albums.  It's in my will to be played to be played LOUD as they wheel me into my own funeral - the full version with Love Lies Bleeding as well.  I hope it will jerk some of them out of their seats.

 
Yep. About once a month or so, I need to put this album on and play it loud. 
Hands down, BEST EJ album.......!! {#Yes}
I've loved this since it first came out, one of his best albums.  It's in my will to be played to be played LOUD as they wheel me into my own funeral - the full version with Love Lies Bleeding as well.  I hope it will jerk some of them out of their seats.
Elton was not a rock critics fave, even in what many of us now consider his classic early days.

Check out Robert Christgau, the "dean" of US rock critics - with the reviews he wrote at the time these records came out.

https://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=elton+john


 The Chick wrote:
This was a funeral song to me from my best friend, who stole my husband, so it's definitely not a favorite for me.
 
Are you saying you supported her "stealing" your hubby...? Haaaa....! Amazing!

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this bloody song...
 

I listened patiently - most because of the many positive comments!

I cannot join you - a TERRIBLE song! As terrible as the whole person!

Just ridiculous!


 hippiechick wrote:
This was a funeral song to me from my best friend, who stole my husband, so it's definitely not a favorite for me.
 
Ouch

Listen to the blues girlfriend 
 MsfStl wrote:
ahh, brings back fond memories of Florida road trips in my early 20's so many moons ago. Love it still! Thanks Bill. 

{#Devil_pimp} 

 
A personal thanks...
 {#Bananapiano} Good for you, one of my favs. {#Devil_pimp}

Tana wrote:
I just bought this wonderful CD after hearing Funeral for a Friend on Radio Paradise.

 


 you nailed that one linzie.

linzie wrote:

WOW....the minority opinion ROARS.....fool

 


ahh, brings back fond memories of Florida road trips in my early 20's so many moons ago. Love it still! Thanks Bill. 

{#Devil_pimp} 
I just bought this wonderful CD after hearing Funeral for a Friend on Radio Paradise.
 ThePoose wrote:
I second that comment: His work before the mid-1970s was gobsmacking.


 
sirdroseph wrote:


Actually I think this opinion is in the majority, I know I share it.  I feel sorry for those that are not aware of the sheer genius of his output from 69-76 and only think of Elton in the terms of whatever he has become nowadays.{#Sad}
 



 
here here
Friggin classic, that will NEVER go away....
 rdo wrote:
Oh my god. The humanity.  This is the epitome of Suck-Barfo.

 
WOW....the minority opinion ROARS.....fool
Most excellent Bill!!! A masterpiece!{#Cheers}
Oh my god. The humanity.  This is the epitome of Suck-Barfo.
 crockydile wrote:

One of the best in RnR. 1973.

 
By 1973, the music was getting VERY interesting.  It may have been the highwater mark year.  Think long and hard.  I know  the concerts were getting more sophisticated. (But tickets were still just $10 for anybody)
 xkolibuul wrote:
long ponderous instrumental at start:  2

once EJ starts singing:  9 

 
I don't think the second half would be nearly as good without the instrumental. I think you NEED that buildup to make the rollicking second half all the more rollicking...ier? You get what I'm saying.
I've loved this album since I was 10 when it came out.  Thanks for playing.
Paul Sandock, you'd better be still playing the piano! 
 xkolibuul wrote:
long ponderous instrumental at start:  2

once EJ starts singing:  9 

 
Well, yeah, but when the ELO/Queen rock symphony lite emulator intro starts you know exactly who and what it is and that whets the appetite for the hot rocker that follows. The whole thing as a piece is a solid 8.  
long ponderous instrumental at start:  2

once EJ starts singing:  9 
I second that comment: His work before the mid-1970s was gobsmacking.


 
sirdroseph wrote:


Actually I think this opinion is in the majority, I know I share it.  I feel sorry for those that are not aware of the sheer genius of his output from 69-76 and only think of Elton in the terms of whatever he has become nowadays.{#Sad}
 


 Deadwing wrote:
One of my fav EJ songs. too.

It's kind of perfect.
 

Me tooooo!  9
All these years and STILL a solid 10!  Regardless of his personal idiosynchronies, he was/is one hell of a talented musician!
Opening song of the first concert I ever attended. Great then and still so.
 JoanneE wrote:
Here here Bill, well said!  Can't count the number of raised eyebrows I've encountered when telling people my favourite music includes Elton John, but absolutely ONLY the early stuff!  Let's have more, how about Levon, Skyline Pigeon, Sweet Painted Lady .......?
 

Actually I think this opinion is in the majority, I know I share it.  I feel sorry for those that are not aware of the sheer genius of his output from 69-76 and only think of Elton in the terms of whatever he has become nowadays.{#Sad}
OMG! Are you dead, hippie? Are you a bluebird on a telegraph line?
My deepest condolences, and keep those crackin' comments comin'..
 
hippiechick wrote:
This was a funeral song to me from my best friend, who stole my husband, so it's definitely not a favorite for me.
 

 ....and she said BURN ! Deadwing wrote:       that kind of pain runs to depths seldom felt by the average man/woman


wow, that sucks. I hope they both die in a fire!

It takes a really unfeeling and clueless scumbag to steal someone's husband/wife and then parade around about it. (Talk about calling down the Karma Gods...)

I speak from experience.

As I mentioned before-

Fire

Them

Burn!

=D
 


 JoanneE wrote:
Here here Bill, well said!  Can't count the number of raised eyebrows I've encountered when telling people my favourite music includes Elton John, but absolutely ONLY the early stuff!  Let's have more, how about Levon, Skyline Pigeon, Sweet Painted Lady .......?
 
And anything from 11-17-70....
Here here Bill, well said!  Can't count the number of raised eyebrows I've encountered when telling people my favourite music includes Elton John, but absolutely ONLY the early stuff!  Let's have more, how about Levon, Skyline Pigeon, Sweet Painted Lady .......?
I think his friend died waiting for this song to end.