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"Madness"
Song by Elton John

from the album A Single Man

Released October 16, 1978
Recorded January-September 1978
Genre Rock, pop
Length 5:53
Label MCA (US/Canada)
Rocket Records
Writer Elton John, Gary Osborne
Producer Clive Franks, Elton John
A Single Man track listing
"Shooting Star"
(8)
"Madness"
(9)
"Reverie"
(10)

"Madness" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Gary Osborne. It is the ninth track off his 1978 album, A Single Man.

Musical structure

Played in a classical manor, the song fades in from the previous track on the album "Shooting Star". The rhythm section is driven by a disco-esque 4/4 beat, and in the middle of the song, a string section is featured giving it a more modern feel. John also sings in a high falsetto range in the choruses. Towards the end of the song, the song gets more and more chaotic, fitting with the lyrics. The song fades out as John screams the lyrics.

Lyrical meaning

This song deals with problems of the world, and there are many references to fires and catastrophies. The chaotic orchestration and melody illustrates that very well. There are also poverty and war issues mentioned, and a world that just doesn't understand peace. It has also been stated that the song was about the conflict in Northern Ireland.

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