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"I Don't Care"
Song by Elton John

from the album A Single Man

Released October 16, 1978
Recorded January-September 1978
Genre Rock, pop, disco
Length 4:23
Label MCA (US/Canada)
Rocket Records
Writer Elton John, Gary Osborne
Producer Clive Franks, Elton John
A Single Man track listing
"Return to Paradise"
"I Don't Care"
"Big Dipper"

"I Don't Care" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Gary Osborne. It is the third track off his 1978 album, A Single Man.

Musical structure

It is one of the fastest song of the album, coming in between many slow songs. It starts with a bluesy piano pattern, with the rhythm section kicking off after the first line is played. The chorus is backed by female vocalists, singing it in style with one of John's most loved genres, gospel. The electric guitar features a heavily used phaser-effect that gives the song a spacy feel. After the first half of the song, a string section comes in, playing with both the guitars and the beat, reminiscent of the disco-music that was popular at the time. The song then fades out clocking at almost four and a half minutes.

It is very reminiscent to one of his other songs from the album, "Part-Time Love".

Lyrical meaning

It is another one of Osborne's love songs, this time it deals with a man who doesn't care about anything just as long as he can get the love of the person mentioned. It is by many considered to be a classic album-filler.


  • Elton John - piano, vocals, clavinet
  • Tim Renwick - guitars
  • Clive Franks - bass
  • Steve Holly - drums
  • Ray Cooper - tambourine
  • Vicky Brown - backing vocals
  • Joanne Stone - backing vocals
  • Stevie Lange - backing vocals
  • Gary Osborne - backing vocals
  • Chris Thompson - backing vocals
  • Paul Buckmaster - orchestral management


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