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10 Jun 2008

The Story Behind "Country Comfort"

"Country Comfort" concerns the pleasures of the farm. It includes some references to the countryside of Bernie childhood in Lincolnshire: "that ain't natural well so old Clay would say / You see he's a horse-drawn man until his dying day" and "The hedgehog's done in clay between the bricks".

"Things like Country Comfort"still don't seem out of date to me" explained Bernie. One of its verses brilliantly announces the coming of industrialization: "Down at the well they've got a new machine / Foreman says it cuts manpower by fifteen".

Elton has always said that Rod Stewart's version is far superior to his original song.

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