Pick from the bloodline tree, it’s green with envy.
It’s okay to lose a limb, when they get too heavy.
I wanted to walk, oh and you, you wanted to breathe.
I wanted to talk, oh and you, you wanted to sleep.
Now I, I wanna believe. Yeah I, have gotta believe.
If I had to choose my absolute favourite cover Sara has ever done, I would say it’s probably Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The original song was initially released in the 70s and it’s one of Elton’s most popular. Some consider it to be a classic of his. It is.
Elton John considers this to be the best cover he’s heard, and I agree. I absolutely do.
So what makes this cover particularly special? Why should you care to listen to it?
1. She performs with a huge string orchestra. And it’s a gorgeous arrangement.
2. It showcases her singing/superwoman abilities
3. I have to gasp for breath EVERY TIME at the ~3:08 mark. How someone can sing such a high note and remain on key is unbeknown to me.
4. There’s a sweet old man sitting behind her, smiling throughout the entire thing. Literally. Smiling. The. Whole. Time.
5. She plays her piano WITH the orchestra and it’s flawless.
6. She’s wearing polka-dots. I love polka dots. How can you not love polka dots?
7. When the strings play in unison with those beautiful high notes, hellooooooooo, shivers!!! It’s a breathtaking performance. I could listen to ~3:08 + forever.
Sara has performed this many times in concert and considers Elton to be a major influence and inspiration to her.
“So I’m standing there filling up like I’ve done a thousand times before, and I hear a chunk. You know, the pump’s nozzle. The– the metal thing. The thing you squeeze, right? I hear a chunk. So I suppose, in my naivete, I took to understand that gas is no longer coming out of the nozzle, so I pull out the hose to put it back and whoosh! You know, I am suddenly soaked in gasoline. I mean, on my arms and my legs and my– my groin. So now I am in a panic, and I race home, I run inside the house, and I’m stripping off my clothes as fast as I can. I jump in the shower. It’s not until after I get out of the shower that I realize my gas-covered clothes have been soaking in the living room rug this entire time. I mean, it’s– it’s– the whole thing is just so stupid. I could have rinsed off at the station. Halfway home, I’m starting to realize– wait a minute– there’s a water hose right there next to the air pump. You know, for tires. Anyway, so that was my day. How was yours?”