The Last Song (Elton John song)
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|"The Last Song"|
|Single by Elton John|
|from the album The One|
|B-side||"The Man Who Never Died" (Remix)|
|Released||6 October 1992 (US)
November 1992 (UK)
|Format||CD, vinyl record (7"), audio cassette|
|Length||3:21 (album version)|
|Songwriter(s)||Elton John, Bernie Taupin|
|Elton John singles chronology|
"The Last Song" marked the first of John's American singles to benefit his AIDS foundation. Taupin faxed the lyrics to him in Paris, shortly after Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury died the previous year. "I was crying all the time as I wrote the music", John told The Advocate, "and it was very hard for me to sing it". The song tells of an estranged father coming to terms with the sexuality of his gay son, who is dying of an AIDS-related illness. Originally titled "Song for 1992", it was renamed to avoid dating it.
The song was used during a closing montage featuring people who had contracted AIDS at the end of the 1993 film And the Band Played On.
The song has been mentioned numerous times on the Howard Stern Show. Show producer Gary Dell'Abate, said that the song and music video reminds him of his brother, who died of AIDS around the time The One was released. When they first played the song on the air, Dell'Abate broke out in tears during the first verse.