Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
|"Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"|
Cover to 12" single issued in 1978
|Song by Elton John from the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road|
|Released||5 October 1973|
Château d'Hérouville, France
|Genre||Glam rock, progressive rock|
|Writer||Elton John, Bernie Taupin|
"Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" is the opening track on the double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John. The first part, "Funeral for a Friend", is an instrumental created by John while thinking of what kind of music he would like at his funeral. This first half segues into "Love Lies Bleeding". In the Eagle Vision documentary, Classic Albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, John said the two songs were not written as one piece, but fit together since "Funeral for a Friend" ends in the key of A, and "Love Lies Bleeding" opens in A, and the two were played as one elongated piece when recorded.
The grandiose introduction to "Funeral for a Friend" was performed on ARP synthesizer (erroneously credited as A.R.P.) by the album's engineer, David Hentschel, who John recalled overdubbed track after track of music and synthetic atmospheric effects until the mini-opus was complete.
"Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" was too long for a single release, but got plenty of airplay on FM stations that were predisposed toward rock epics. The whole piece together is just over 11 minutes long. A fan favourite, it became a staple part of many an Elton John tour set list.
The atmospheric opening to the track was used in the final scene of Blackadder II as the camera pans across the dead bodies of the main cast.
- The song was covered live by the American progressive metal band Dream Theater, and appears on the EP A Change of Seasons; as well as in the special edition of the album This Mortal Coil by the also American progressive metal band, Redemption.
- "Love Lies Bleeding" was covered by the Clearwater, Florida-based band Très bien! on The Next Great American Band.