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"All Across the Havens"
Song by Elton John

from the album Empty Sky (1995 reissue)

Released January 17, 1969
Recorded DJM Studios, December 1968
Genre Pop, Rock
Length 2:52
Label DJM Records
Writer Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Steve Brown
Empty Sky (1995 reissue) track listing
"Lady Samantha"
"All Across the Havens"
"It's Me That You Need"

All Across the Havens is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It was originally the b-side of his second single "Lady Samantha" and appeared as a bonus-track of the 1995 reissue of his first album "Empty Sky".


Musical structure

It opens with a banjo, but when the main verse kicks in the country-feel goes off. The drums are echoed and the song is led by a hammond organ. It is also a very slow song, and as many of John's other songs at the time, it could be written in style of a hymn. It is relatively short for a John song, but not for a single b-side.

Lyrical meaning

This was written as early as 1967 or 1968. It clearly bares the feel of Taupin's religious childhood, using crosses hanging from people, etc. The song mentions walking across the havens to the waterfall, separating the waters and going on to a road that leads to what could be heaven. It is a very cryptic lyric in style with other of Taupin's earliest compositions.


It appeared on several radio shows in 1968. Released as the b-side to a single that didn't even hit the charts the song was very unpopular and not known at all. Today it is still relatively unknown, not being performed anywhere else.



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