Elton John - Your Song - 1970

Introduction to "Your Song" by Elton John

Your Song is a timeless ballad by Elton John, released in 1970. It's known for its melodic piano accompaniment and poignant lyrics. In this MOOC, we will explore the fascinating aspects of "Your Song," including its creation, lyrics, and impact on music history. You'll learn about the song's background, its significance in Elton John's career, and why it remains an enduring classic.

Background of "Your Song"

The Making of a Classic

"Your Song" was composed by Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin. This song marked a significant turning point in Elton John's career, establishing him as a major artist in the music industry.

  1. Elton John's Early Career: Discover how Elton John started his musical journey.
  2. Bernie Taupin's Contribution: Learn about Bernie Taupin, the lyricist behind many of Elton John's hits.
  3. The 1970s Music Scene: Explore the music scene during the time "Your Song" was released.

Lyrics and Composition

The lyrics of "Your Song" are notable for their simplicity and sincerity. The melody, primarily driven by Elton John's piano, complements the lyrics perfectly, creating a heartfelt and intimate atmosphere.

  1. Songwriting Techniques: Understand the art of songwriting.
  2. The Role of Piano in Pop Music: Explore how the piano is used in pop music compositions.

Impact and Legacy

Influence on Music and Culture

Since its release, "Your Song" has been covered by numerous artists and has become a staple in popular culture. It's a testament to the song's timeless quality and universal appeal.

  1. Famous Cover Versions: Discover various artists who have covered "Your Song."
  2. Music's Role in Popular Culture: Learn about the impact of music on popular culture.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Your Song" released? (1970) (!1969) (!1971) (!1972)

Who wrote the lyrics for "Your Song"? (Bernie Taupin) (!Elton John) (!John Lennon) (!Paul McCartney)

Which instrument is prominently featured in "Your Song"? (Piano) (!Guitar) (!Drums) (!Violin)

In which album did "Your Song" first appear? (Elton John) (!Tumbleweed Connection) (!Madman Across the Water) (!Honky Château)

What theme is most prominent in "Your Song"? (Love and simplicity) (!Adventure and excitement) (!Despair and loneliness) (!Anger and rebellion)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Elton John's birth name? (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) (!David Robert Jones) (!Stevland Hardaway Judkins) (!Paul David Hewson)

Which of these instruments is Elton John famously known for playing? (Piano) (!Guitar) (!Drums) (!Saxophone)

In which decade did Elton John achieve his initial fame? (1970s) (!1960s) (!1980s) (!1990s)

Which song is Elton John NOT known for? (!"Rocket Man") (!"Candle in the Wind") (!"Tiny Dancer") ("Bohemian Rhapsody")

Elton John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in which year? (1994) (!1989) (!2000) (!2005)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Which line follows "I hope you don't mind" in the lyrics of "Your Song"? ("That I put down in words") (!"That I sing so blue") (!"That I speak my mind") (!"That I come to you")

The lyrics "I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss" refer to what? (A moment of reflection) (!A literal rooftop experience) (!A childhood memory) (!A fictional story)

Which phrase is NOT in the lyrics of "Your Song"? (!"My gift is my song") (!"I hope you don't mind") (!"It's a little bit funny") ("Life is a highway")

How does the singer describe his feelings in the lyrics of "Your Song"? (As being simple and true) (!As being complicated and confusing) (!As being sad and melancholic) (!As being joyful and ecstatic)

What does the singer offer his beloved in "Your Song"? (A song) (!A house) (!A ring) (!A dance)


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic. Insert suitable texts using the following format:

Elton John Reginald Kenneth Dwight
1970 Year of "Your Song" Release
Piano Main Instrument in "Your Song"
Bernie Taupin Lyricist of "Your Song"
Love and Simplicity Theme of "Your Song"

Open Tasks


  1. Explore Cover Versions: Listen to different cover versions of "Your Song" and compare how each artist interprets the song.
  2. Lyrics Analysis: Analyze the lyrics of "Your Song" and write about what they mean to you.


  1. Songwriting Exercise: Try writing your own lyrics inspired by the style of Bernie Taupin.
  2. Piano Practice: Learn to play the intro of "Your Song" on the piano.


  1. Music History Research: Research the impact of "Your Song" on the music industry and Elton John's career.
  2. Creative Project: Create a short film or visual art piece inspired by "Your Song."

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss how the simplicity of "Your Song" contributes to its universal appeal.
  2. Compare "Your Song" to another Elton John hit and explore their differences and similarities in themes and composition.
  3. Reflect on the role of a pianist in pop music, using Elton John as an example.
  4. Analyze the evolution of Elton John's musical style from the 1970s to present.
  5. Discuss the importance of lyrical storytelling in songs, using "Your Song" as a reference.

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