Song of the Day #4,045: ‘Cold Highway’ – Elton John

Elton John followed 1973’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road a year later with Caribou, a rushed effort that the album’s producer dismissed as a “piece of crap.”

This album contains the hits ‘The Bitch is Back’ and ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me’ but little else that caught my attention. The latter song, though, is one of John’s very best so it’s hard to call this album a bust.

The ‘Caribou’ track that most drew me in turns out to not be a track from the album at all. ‘Cold Highway’ was released as the B-side of ‘The Bitch is Back’ but not included in the album’s tracklist. I stumbled upon it because it was added as a bonus track in a reisse of Caribou.

Your life stepped lightly out our hands
When no one’s looking out you understand
Your world was a wheel but the cog ceased to turn
The bottom fell out and our fingers got burned

And there’s a cold, cold highway that the wind whistles down
Where the corners turn blind like the graveyard ground
Oh your black icy stare once cut down my friend
In the deepest dark winter when the world seemed to end

Every new version of the way of life
Leaves you reckless and searching for stars in the night
But whose kid are you when they finally decide
The lifestyle you led and the way that you died

And there’s a cold, cold highway that the wind whistles down
Where the corners turn blind like the graveyard ground
Oh your black icy stare once cut down my friend
In the deepest dark winter when the world seemed to end

But they’re oh so simple, they’re still trying to tell
The difference for you between heaven and hell
To glorify something, your legends are found
But all they bought you was a hole in the ground

Years rolling by just like a dream (ooh)
I’m partly human and I’m partly machine
They’ve lost you and fate put your name on a stone (ahh)
Perhaps now my friend they might leave you alone (ahh)

And there’s a cold, cold highway that the wind whistles down
Where the corners turn blind like the graveyard ground
Oh your black icy stare once cut down my friend
In the deepest dark winter when the world seemed to end

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,045: ‘Cold Highway’ – Elton John

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’ve never heard this album with the exception, of course, of its two hits. Sounds like I don’t need to.

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