Elton John - Candle in the Wind - 1973

Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" (1973)

Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" is an iconic song from 1973, paying tribute to Marilyn Monroe, who passed away in 1962. This song, co-written by Elton John and his long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin, is a poignant reflection on the life and tragic demise of Monroe, symbolized as a "candle in the wind." The song's lyrics poignantly address the pressures of fame and the vulnerability of those in the public eye. The song was later re-written in 1997 as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

For further exploration, you might find these topics interesting:

  1. Elton John's Career
  2. Marilyn Monroe's Legacy
  3. 1970s Music Culture
  4. The Art of Songwriting

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Quiz: Questions on the Song

What event inspired the 1973 version of "Candle in the Wind"? (Marilyn Monroe's death) (!The moon landing) (!Elvis Presley's comeback) (!The Vietnam War)

Which instrument is prominently featured in "Candle in the Wind"? (Piano) (!Guitar) (!Drums) (!Violin)

Who co-wrote "Candle in the Wind" with Elton John? (Bernie Taupin) (!John Lennon) (!Freddie Mercury) (!Paul McCartney)

In what year was "Candle in the Wind" first released? (1973) (!1969) (!1980) (!1977)

What theme is central to "Candle in the Wind"? (The pressures of fame) (!Romantic love) (!Political unrest) (!Environmental issues)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

In what year was Elton John born? (1947) (!1950) (!1942) (!1955)

What is Elton John's birth name? (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) (!John Elton Smith) (!David Robert Jones) (!Stevie Wonder)

Which of these albums is by Elton John? ("Goodbye Yellow Brick Road") (!"The Dark Side of the Moon") (!"Born to Run") (!"Abbey Road")

For which Disney movie did Elton John compose music in the 1990s? ("The Lion King") (!"Beauty and the Beast") (!"Aladdin") (!"Pocahontas")

Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in which year? (1994) (!1989) (!2001) (!1999)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

How is Marilyn Monroe referred to in "Candle in the Wind"? (Norma Jean) (!Marilyn) (!Lady Di) (!Miss Hollywood)

Which of the following lines is a lyric from "Candle in the Wind"? ("Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did.") (!"You were the queen of all our dreams.") (!"Dancing in the moonlight, everybody's feeling warm.") (!"Through the storms and the light, you stood strong.")

In the lyrics, where does it say Marilyn Monroe was found? (In the nude) (!In her car) (!On the stage) (!In a hotel room)

What does the song suggest Marilyn Monroe never knew? (Who to cling to when the rain set in) (!The way to Hollywood) (!The love of a true friend) (!Her own strength)

Which line in "Candle in the Wind" refers to Marilyn Monroe's fame? ("Even when you died, the press still hounded you.") (!"You lived your life like a candle in the wind.") (!"You called out to our country, and you whispered to those in pain.") (!"The stars in the sky could not equal your brightness.")


Elton John "Candle in the Wind" Composer
1973 Year of First Release
Marilyn Monroe Original Song Tribute
Piano Prominent Instrument in the Song
Bernie Taupin Co-writer of the Song

Open Tasks


  1. Research Marilyn Monroe: Explore the life and career of Marilyn Monroe and how she influenced popular culture.
  2. Explore 1970s Music: Discover other iconic songs and artists from the 1970s.
  3. Write a Poem: Write a poem about a celebrity whose life touched you, inspired by "Candle in the Wind".


  1. Analyze Song Lyrics: Analyze the lyrics of "Candle in the Wind" and discuss its themes and messages.
  2. Create a Music Video: Design a music video concept for "Candle in the Wind".
  3. Compare Songs: Compare "Candle in the Wind" to its 1997 version dedicated to Princess Diana.


  1. Compose a Tribute Song: Compose a song in tribute to a historical figure, in the style of "Candle in the Wind".
  2. Interview Project: Interview people about their memories and impressions of Marilyn Monroe and Elton John.
  3. Historical Context Essay: Write an essay on the impact of celebrity culture in the 20th century, using "Candle in the Wind" as a reference point.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Impact of Fame: Talk about how "Candle in the Wind" portrays the impact of fame and public scrutiny on personal life.
  2. Elton John's Musical Evolution: Discuss how Elton John's music has evolved over the decades.
  3. Songwriting Process: Explore the songwriting partnership of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. How do they create songs like "Candle in the Wind"?
  4. Cultural Icons: Discuss the role of songs in commemorating cultural icons like Marilyn Monroe.
  5. Comparative Analysis: Compare "Candle in the Wind" to other tribute songs. What makes it unique or similar?

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