For Diana, Elton sings 'Candle'

September 05, 1997|By Sandy Banisky

Elton John will sing "Candle in the Wind" -- a song about beauty, vulnerability and dying too soon -- at tomorrow's funeral for Princess Diana, Buckingham Palace announced as it released the order of the service yesterday.

The pop song, first recorded in 1973, was written by John and Bernie Taupin as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, who died at 36 in 1962. "Goodbye Norma Jean," the lyrics began, using Monroe's real name.

The words have been reworked to honor the dead princess, who was a friend of the singer. At the funeral, the song will begin, "Goodbye England's Rose," and will be sung after a reading from I Corinthians and before a tribute from the princess' brother, the Earl Spencer.

Princess Diana and John were last photographed together in Milan in July, as she comforted him during the memorial mass for their friend slain fashion designer Gianni Versace.

CANDLE IN THE WIND

Goodbye England's rose;

may you ever grow in our hearts.

You were the grace that placed itself

where lives were torn apart.

You called out to our country,

and you whispered to those in pain.

Now you belong to heaven,

and the stars spell out your name.

And it seems to me you lived your life

like a candle in the wind:

never fading with the sunset

when the rain set in.

And your footsteps will always fall here,

along England's greenest hills;

your candle's burned out long before

your legend ever will.

Loveliness we've lost;

these empty days without your smile.

This torch we'll always carry

for our nation's golden child.

And even though we try,

the truth brings us to tears;

all our words cannot express

the joy you brought us through the years.

Goodbye England's rose,

from a country lost without your soul,

who'll miss the wings of your compassion

more than you'll ever know.

Pub Date: 9/05/97

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