Elton John: Cage The Songbird

Remember stopping everything when this first came on, on Blue Moves. Mixed messages as to whether this was one of Elton John’s favourite albums, or one of his least liked. Most logically, the former. To me, such depth of lyrics, not immediately knowing that it was written for Edith Piaf. Margo Davidson was one of the few of my contemporaries, though she was five years younger, who had Edith Piaf records in the 1970s. Amazing depth at such an early age: Elton John, Bernie Taupin…and Edith Piaf.

Let down
Before the final curtain
Shallow heart
That left her cold

This version, said to be the only known live recorded version of the song, when Elton John did a solo piano tour in 1977, accompanied only by percussionist Ray Cooper:

Postscript, February 5, 2015:

Well, they come and go. The original version, currently on YouTube:

And the version with Ray Cooper, put up by another:


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