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"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
Single by Elton John
from the album Breaking Hearts
B-side "A Simple Man"
Released May, 1984
Format 7",12"
Recorded December 1983
Genre Pop
Length 7" - 4:07, 12" - 4:47
Label Geffen (U.S.)
Rocket (UK)
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)"
"Sad Songs (Say So Much)"

"Sad Songs (Say So Much)" is a song by Elton John from the 1984 album Breaking Hearts. It is the closing track. It reached the number 5 position on the U.S. chart. The lyrics describe how you sometimes need to listen to old radio blues classics when you're feeling down, or when someone beloved has left you. In the years since then it has had modest radio airplay compared to some of the bigger 1980s singles from John.

The music video featured John in which he did not wear glasses for portions nor did he play a piano although he did when this was recorded.

The music video was shot on a street in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, Australia.

John performed the song at One Night Only: The Greatest Hits Live at Madison Square Garden with Canadian rock star Bryan Adams.


  • Elton John: keyboards, lead vocals
  • Davey Johnstone: guitar, vocals
  • Dee Murray: bass, vocals
  • Nigel Olsson: drums, vocals


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