19 Feb 2008
The Story Behind "Empty Garden"
The song was written by Bernie Taupin the day after John Lennon’s 1980 murder. He said he locked in his office and refused to watch the news or read any paper. “I knew in the back of my mind that everybody would be doing the same thing” explained Bernie. “I thought: “God, am I cashing in? Am I being cold and calculating?” But then I realized it was te only thing I could do. I couldn’t cry because that comes later”.
“When Bernie came up with the lyrics”, Elton expressed his point of view, “I didn’t think anyone would be able to say anything without being clumsy or cheesy”.
Taupin borrowed the line “Can’t you came out to play” from The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” song.