The lyrics of the earlier version of “Candle in the Wind”, written by Bernie Taupin, were a tribute to Marilyn Monroe.
Elton John sings ‘Candle in the Wind’ at the funeral if Diana, Princess of Wales at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997 in London, England, but on September 13th 1997, Elton John’s single “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in the U.K.
The opening lines of the 1973 version, “Goodbye Norma Jeane, though I never knew you at all,” were adapted to “Goodbye England’s rose, may you ever grow in our hearts.”
Most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana’s life and death, but a notable omission was the line, “Even when you died, the press still hounded you…” which was replaced with the lyric, “Even though we try, the truth brings us to tears…”
On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris, France. The news shocked Elton John, as he and the Princess had been very good friends. He had also lost another good friend, fashion designer Gianni Versace, earlier in the summer, whose funeral he had attended with Diana.
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John sank into a deep depression, and to cope with the grief, wanted to pay a tribute to his friend Princess Diana.
He contacted his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, asking him to revise the lyrics of their 1973 song “Candle in the Wind” to honor her.
John publicly performed “Candle in the Wind 1997” only once, at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997.
He continues to sing the original version of the song at his concerts, but has repeatedly turned down requests to perform the revised version even for the memorial Concert for Diana in July 2007, having vowed never to perform it again unless asked by Diana’s sons
As we celebrate today’s song release of “The Candle in the Wind,” on September 13th 1977 to UK, on todays days to remember.