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"The Bridge"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Captain & the Kid
Released 2006
Format Promotional single
Recorded 2006
Length 6:54 (Album Version)
3:38 (Radio Edit)
Label Universal
Writer(s) Elton John
Bernie Taupin

"The Bridge" is the first single from Elton John's 2006 album The Captain & the Kid. The single is a simple, stripped-down production focused on John and his piano, with sparse further accompaniment. This is the first song since the title track of Breaking Hearts with this arrangement. The song peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.


Before playing the song at a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 7, 2006, John introduced it as a song that can "apply to anyone" at any time in their lives and having to move on instead of living in the past. They either cross the bridge, die trying, or fade away.


Year Chart Position
2006 Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 19

Musical development

The song, "The Bridge", is in the key of E and in 4/4 time There is also a part of the song which breaks from the usual pattern of both the verse of chorus. In a song, this is typically called a bridge or interlude. The instrumental features John and his piano, accompianed by some haunting harmonies, performed by the rest of the band members. John wanted the sound to be child-like and so the original recording of the harmonies has been adjusted. John has admitted that it was, in fact, Bernie's idea to have the song solely piano and voice. This was the first song since Breaking Hearts (Ain't What It Used to Be) to use Elton's Piano only.



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