I’m a huge fan of Elton John’s Too low for Zero album and Cold as Christmas brings the temperature down, way down as only John can do to open up for the title track. This song is not a big Elton hit by any stretch, but I really like to hear it and wallow in the lyrics. It was overshadowed by I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues and I’m Still Standing.
We still sit at separate tables
And we sleep at different times
And the warm wind in the palm trees
Hasn’t helped to change our minds
It was the lure of the tropics
That I thought might heal the scars
Of a love burned out by silence
In a marriage minus heart
I do consider this song an overlooked gem in his collection. It is a song about separation, but trying to keep the relationship strong for the sake of loved ones. This is a song that I suspect will immediately appeal to Elton John fans, but it may take some more digging into from others.
‘Two low For Zero’ was John’s best selling album of the 80’s and as usual all lyrics were written by Bernie Taupin. It is said that this album marked the coming together of the two again and Elton foraged his backing band of the early 70’s to make this album. It’s a stellar and the Title track is one of my favourite things in music. This track isn’t far off.