Cage the Songbird (song)

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"Cage the Songbird"
Song by Elton John
from the album Blue Moves
Released22 October 1976 (1976-10-22)
Songwriter(s)Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Davey Johnstone
Producer(s)Gus Dudgeon

"Cage the Songbird" is a song written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Davey Johnstone and performed by Elton John, first appearing on the album Blue Moves in 1976. It tells the fictional story of torch singer Edith Piaf's last hours before a tragic suicide[1] (Piaf actually died of liver cancer). The theme of a celebrity's tragic life and death recalled John-Taupin's earlier song, "Candle in the Wind", from 1973's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Cage the Songbird was also a projected 1976 album by Kiki Dee, that was eventually released in 2008 (EMI 363 1252). It was produced by Robert Appere.[2]

The song was covered by Crystal Gayle and made the title track to her 1983 album.



  1. ^ HIS SONG by Elizabeth Rosenthal
  2. ^ Kiki Dee: Cage the Songbird reviews