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Available on the album Blue Moves
Music:Elton John, Davey Johnstone
Lyrics:Bernie Taupin
Vocals:Elton John
Acoustic guitars:Davey Johnstone, Caleb Quaye
Dulcimer:Davey Johnstone
Synthesizer and mellotron:James Newton-Howard
Triangle, finger cymbals, bell tree and shaker:Ray Cooper
Backing vocaks:David Crosby, Graham Nash
Sober in the morning light
Things look so much different
To how they looked last night
A pale face pressed to an unmade bed
Like flags of many nations flying high above her head
The cellophane still on the flowers
The telegram still in her hand
As whispers circulate all day
Their back-stage baby princess passed away
And you can cage the songbird
But you can't make her sing
And you can trap the free bird
But you'll have to clip her wings
'Cause she'll soar like a hawk when she flies
But she'll dive like an eagle when she dies
Promises of no more lies
Fell flat upon an empty stage
Before the audience arrived
A return in time to the cheaper seats
She never knew what lay beneath
Just a dated handbill they found between the sheets
Let down before the final curtain
A shallow heart that left her cold
She left in rouge upon the mirror
A circled kiss to the faithful fans who'd miss her
© 1976 Big Pig Music Limited/Rocket Music Limited
Copyright © 2014 David Bodoh