Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and for my 42nd edition of Song Of The Week, I will be discussing “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John.
This isn’t the first time I have talked about Elton John on this blog. I discussed one of his biggest hits, “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be a Long Time), on a separate edition of Song Of The Week. I wrote this one shortly after I saw the “Rocketman” movie that came out in early 2019, and ever since then, I have been getting myself more acquainted with some of the bigger hits seen in Elton’s discography. This search brought me across this song, which has become one of my favorites from him.
“I’m Still Standing” stands as a pretty good motivational song. If I am to use the events from the “Rocketman” movie to give some background on the song, this track was made right after a pretty rough period in Elton’s life. I think the pivotal lyrics of the chorus back up this theory, as Elton sings “Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did?/Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid/And I’m still standing after all this time/Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind”. Elton’s voice, of course, is amazing on this track, having the right amount of pep and buoyancy to keep up the with instrumentals, filled with bouncy slap basses, intricate piano chords, and joyous choral shouts. Most of all, though, my real love for this song comes from the lyrics–specifically the title lyrics–as they speak to me a lot. They remind me that after everything, I AM still standing. There might be a lot in life that takes us all down, which Elton describes like “And there’s a cold, lonely light that shines from you\/You’ll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use”, but we are still standing and surviving, so we can still do something to change the bad. Especially now, this is a great message to have, and I think Elton gives this message to his audience perfectly.
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