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"Lovesick"
Song by Elton John

from the album A Single Man (1998 reissue)

Recorded January-September 1978
Genre Pop, rock, disco
Length 3:59
Label MCA (US/Canada)
Rocket Records
Writer Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Clive Franks, Elton John
A Single Man (1998 reissue) track listing
"I Cry at Night"
(14)
"Lovesick"
(15)
"Strangers"
(16)

"Lovesick" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It originally appeared as the B-side of his 1978 single, "Song for Guy", but was included as a bonus track on the 1998 reissue of his 1978 album, A Single Man.

Musical structure

The song is uptempo, and reminiscent of another single from the sessions, "Part-Time Love". It features strings, heavy percussion performed by Ray Cooper and a bluesy guitar solo. It changes between 4/4 beat and a rather curious 5/4 beat.

Lyrical meaning

The song tells about a man who is love sick, simply, and the lyric is rather sad compared to the disco-esque music. One line even reads:

"I can't explain why I'll never change

This sickness deep inside

I've been doctored down, I've had the nurse around

Ive heard too many lies"

...which is considered to be very dark and emotional. It was obviously written in the same period as the Blue Moves album and the previous single's B-side, "I Cry at Night" when Taupin was divorcing his first wife, Maxine.


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