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"The Bitch is Back"
Single by Elton John
from the album Caribou
B-side "Cold Highway"
Released September 3, 1974 (1974-09-03)
Format 7-inch
Recorded Caribou Ranch
Genre Rock, glam rock
Length 3:42
Label MCA, DJM, Rocket/Phonogram
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Gus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
"The Bitch is Back"
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

"The Bitch is Back" is a song by Elton John, written with Bernie Taupin. It was the second single released from his 1974 album Caribou, and reached number 1 in Canada, number 4 in the United States and number 15 in the United Kingdom.

The song was twice recorded by Tina Turner: for her Rough album in 1978 and again for the John/Taupin tribute album Two Rooms in 1991. Turner also performed the song in her live show in the late 1970s, and with Elton John at the VH1 Fashion and Music Awards 1995 and VH1 Divas Live '99.

The song was inspired not by John or Taupin directly, but rather by Bernie Taupin's wife of the time. When discussing the Caribou album, Elton John threw one of his legendary tantrums. This led to Taupin's wife to claim "the bitch is back". Taupin then wrote the lyric. Musically, the song originally was written in A flat major, but is today performed live a half step lower in the key of G major. The saxophone solo in the middle is nowadays usually performed by synthesizers, while a guitar solo occasionally substitutes, as can be seen in the concert videos One Night Only and Live in Australia, respectively. However these days the so-called 'guitar solo' is played during an epic piano solo involving slides and suspense chords, the guitar is notably less leading in the performance.


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