Let me just say that I am a huge fan of Elton John. I just love how his songs seem to just span through the decades. They have a timeless feeling to them. I play piano and being someone who plays piano, it is hard not to enjoy Elton’s ability to play.
Today’s song is one of my favorites. It is very upbeat and has a survivor message to it that I just love. Hey life can be bad sometimes, but I took everything life threw at me and in the end, I am still standing so take that world.
I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do.
Official video of the song.
Live version of the song from 1984.
Another live version of the song.
Live version of the song performed in Las Vegas.
Live version of the song from 2000.
Live version of the song from 2012.
Version performed on the show Glee.
Amazing cover version performed on piano.
Though often attributed to Elton singing about rising above troubles in his own turbulent private and professional life to that point, the lyrics are actually reflection of Bernie Taupin’s struggle to come up from the rubble of his failed first marriage and take on a defiant tone.
The song became a big hit for John on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at #1 in Canada and Switzerland,#4 in the UK, and #12 in the US.
It was due to be shot over the course of two days, but a camera full of the first day’s film was ruined when Mulcahy accidentally fell into the sea with it. Therefore, it had to be filmed again on another day.
During the shoot for the video, Elton John came across Duran Duran. He complained he was exhausted at having been up since 4 o’clock in the morning. Simon Le Bon decided Elton should have a martini. “So I did”, Elton later recalled, “I had six.”
In an extract from his book Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran that was printed in the Daily Mail, Andy Taylor talks of the experience:
There were lots of celebrities around in Cannes and one day we discovered that Elton John was in town, filming the video for his song I’m Still Standing. This was before Elton became teetotal, so he was still a steaming party animal; we went up to see him at his hotel and spent the afternoon getting blasted on Martinis. We decided it would be a laugh to get him drunk and we were slinging the drinks down him ‘Ooh, you are lovely boys,’ he screeched, loving every minute of it. We got him so drunk that eventually he went upstairs and threw a wobbler in his suite. It caused all sorts of chaos – but it was a great party.
The next morning, John awoke and wandered into his personal assistant’s room – which was “leveled” – and asked him “What happened?” His assistant laughed: “You happened!”
- Martha Wash covered the song on the soundtrack to The First Wives Club.
- The song was featured in an episode of the short-lived TV musical series, Viva Laughlin, and performed by the character A.J, in the musical Love Shack.
- The song was covered on Glee in the 15th episode of the third season Big Brother that aired April 10, 2012, as a duet by Dianna Agron and Kevin McHale. Blake Jenner covered this song as a last chance performance on The Glee Project Season 2.
- A ten-second-long novelty grindcore cover of the song appears on Anal Cunt‘s 1995 album, Top 40 Hits.
The song has been covered three times on the UK version of The X Factor: by Lloyd Daniels in the sixth series, Wagner in the seventh series and Christopher Maloney in season 9. Diana DeGarmo and Naima Adedapo also performed the song in the third and tenth seasons of American Idol, respectively.
I’m Still Standing
by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
You could never know what it’s like
Your blood like winter freezes just like ice
And there’s a cold lonely light that shines from you
You’ll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use
And did you think this fool could never win
Well look at me, I’m coming back again
I got a taste of love in a simple way
And if you need to know while I’m still standing you just fade away
Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
Once I never could hope to win
You starting down the road leaving me again
The threats you made were meant to cut me down
And if our love was just a circus you’d be a clown by now