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"Lady What's Tomorrow"
Song by Elton John

from the album Empty Sky

Released June 3, 1969 (UK)
January 13, 1975 (USA)
Recorded DJM Studios, 1969
Genre Rock, Pop
Length 3:09
Label DJM Records
MCA Records (US/Canada-1975)
Writer Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Steve Brown
Empty Sky track listing
"Hymn 2000"
"Lady What's Tomorrow"

"Lady What's Tomorrow" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It is the fifth and opening track of side two off his first album, Empty Sky.

It is one of the songwriting duo's earliest, with demos surfacing from as early as 1967.


Musical structure

Following rather alternative songs, this is a simple pop/rock-song typical of the later John. A sole piano opens the song, which keeps a steady 4/4 beat. This is also John's first collaboration with drummer Nigel Olsson, who takes over Roger Pope's chores on this track. An acoustic guitar with a country-esque feel is also featured. Nigel would be elton's drummer for years to come.

It is the shortest song on the album.

Lyrical meaning

It is obvious that this was written early on in Taupin's career. It is clear that Taupin's rural and religious upbringing is the main source of the theme of this song. It could almost be seen as a farewell to the country and moving on into adult life and the city, also seen in the later "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road":

"Remember when you were nine
And I was ten
We would run into the woods
No we never will again"


It was never performed live in concert. It was however performed in John's first solo radio appearance on November 27, 1968. Since then it hasn't been performed in any format.




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