January 24th, 2020 – Would I Lie to You?

So those of you that know me will probably be surprised that it took this long for me to add this artist to my playlist considering I have every album he has ever released and have seen him about 25 times in concert over the years.

The reason is obvious to me. I have a hard time selecting my favorite songs. In keeping with how I have been choosing for my travel playlist I wanted to pick a song or two that was not an obvious hit or something that has been played out for me on the radio and in concert over the years.

Elton John – “Lies”

Lies” is a song from Elton John‘s 24th album Made in England released in 1995. It was never released as a single and is probably one of those unknown gems that, sadly, most casual EJ fans will miss completely.

I think the piano playing and driving uptempo beat juxtapose perfectly the semi-serious content of Bernie Taupin’s lyrics. Some of my favorite bits include “I’ve lied for a stolen moment, I’ve lied for one more clue, I’ve lied about most everything, But I never lied to you.”

I know it might not be a song most would pick for their playlist but I like to throw a curveball in the mix once in a while. Even though I know it’s in there, when it comes on so abruptly in a well produced blast of sound, it’s a great charge and change of pace when you’re trucking down the road. Would I lie to you?

~Lew Hastings

Some lie about who they love
Some lie about the truth
Some lie to save their lives
Some lie about their youth

Some lie about age and beauty
The conquest of sex
Most lie about the night before
A woman lies for a party dress

I‘ve lied for a stolen moment
I’ve lied for one more clue
I’ve lied about most everything
But I never lied to you

And we lie, lie, lie on a streetcar named desire
Oh we lie, lie, lie for that sweet bird of youth
I could be great like Tennessee Williams
If I could only hear something that sounds like the truth

Some lie in the face of death
Some lie about their fame
Some kneel and lie to God
Some lie about their name

Some lie in words and speeches
With every living breath
The young lie with their guitars
The old lie for a little respect

I’ve lied to lie with danger
I’ve lied for a drug or two
I’ve lied about most everything
But I never lied to you

I’ve lied for a stolen moment
I’ve lied for one more clue
I’ve lied about most everything
But I never lied to you.

Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin 1995 William A. Bong Limited