Okay guys, here’s a song MANY of you know as ‘The soundtrack from Lion King’. That’s correct, “Sacrifice” by none other than Sir Elton John. A beautiful song, personally my Elton John favorite. There’s something about the song that completely captures your attention. I first heard this song in 1997, when I was 3 years old (Yes, I still remember it!) Anyways, statistics aside, I’d love to get started with this masterpiece immediately. Let’s get to it!
History: “Sacrifice” is a song produced (The music) and sung by Sir Elton John, for his album titled “Sleeping With The Past“. The song was released twice, once in 1989 (Original Release) and the second time in 1990. It didn’t do particularly well in the U.S, but it soared high on the U.K. and France Music Charts. The song is probably best known for the soundtrack of the movie “The Lion King (1994)”. The song was composed lyrically by Bernie Taupin. For chart performances, click here. There are two cover versions of “Sacrifice”, which you can check out here. There is only one version of this song – The Five Minutes and One Seconds Album Version. [Source: Wikipedia]
What It Tries To Convey To Us: The song tells us about how men cheat by instinct, be it married or not. The line “When The Scent Of Her Lingers” pretty much conveys the whole meaning. The song’s music video is based on the same theme (Thank God!) The link to the video will, as usual, be below. All right, all right. I’ll brief you about the video. The video portrays a married couple, who happen to have a daughter. Well, things get rough between them and the woman decides to call it quits. She leaves his life, and the man raises their daughter all by himself. What the video implies (According to me) is that the woman doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “Sacrifice”, and thinks of it as just a simple word.
Review: The song starts off with a steady beat, coupled with a beautiful melody and a few ‘twinkling stars’ effects provided by the synthesizer. Sir Elton John starts the vocals at 00:17, and BOY are they amazing! Even though I’ve never betrayed anyone, the song makes me feel guilty (Maybe it’s just me.) The first stanza describes the infatuations a married man has towards another woman (In the video, it’s exactly the opposite.) The pre-chorus begins at 00:52, followed by the main chorus at 01:10. I have to say, the chorus is pure genius. You can actually feel the emotions Sir Elton John is trying to convey through this song. There’s a short interlude after the chorus, and the second stanza picks up right after that. I don’t know why, but I never quite understood the meaning of the first two lines:
“Mutual misunderstanding after the fight,
Sensitivity builds a prison in the final act”.
Anyways, the pre-chorus begins again at 02:22, followed by (No guesses here) the chorus, which begins at 02:40. There’s a beautiful interlude after the chorus, which lasts for approximately 24 seconds, after which the pre-chorus and the main chorus are looped again. The interlude sounds really amazing; in fact, the background music of the song is astounding. The ‘twinkling stars’ effect that has been added to the song does wonders for it. The song’s final moments are when the line “No Sacrifice At All” is looped.
Rating: No need for ratings here. One of the top-grossing artists of all time, a musical mastermind, and a BRILLIANTLY executed song. 10/10. Simple. Hat’s off to you, Sir Elton John!
Lyrics for “Sacrifice” : http://artists.letssingit.com/elton-john-lyrics-sacrifice-z3csz4q#axzz2KOk5xsDA
Download link for “Sacrifice” : http://www.greensville.net/StorageLocker/Music/_Pop/EltonJohn/1989%20-%20Sleeping%20With%20The%20Past/07%20-%20Sacrifice.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)
Link for Music Video (Official Version) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrLkTZrPZA4