19 Sep 2008
The Story Behind "If The River Can Bend"
"The song is about all the possibilities if you're willing to change. Never give up, there's always hope" said Elton in wise words. "And there's so much to do. But you have to be true to yourself, because you're creating your own future".
With the line "all the boats your rocked / with your harmony" may reference the longtime union between Elton and Bernie and might be an allusion to the late "Harmony" 1973 song, "looking for an island in our boat upon the sea".
"If The River Can Bend" serves as teasing proof that the rock flame behind such early John showstoppers as "Burn Down the Mission" is far from out.