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    Elton John/Bernie Taupin "Skyline Pigeon" Handwritten Song Lyrics (1968).
    Heritage Auctions is thrilled to be able to offer this once-in-a-lifetime Elton John collectible with such impeccable provenance. You just never get a chance to acquire the original handwritten lyrics to the first important song ever written together by one of the 20th century's most important pair of composers. Add in the two perfect testimonial letters by John and Taupin and frame it all up, and you have an amazing artifact that is truly museum-worthy.

    These are handwritten lyrics to "Skyline Pigeon," which appeared on the Empty Sky and Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player albums. Since this was written early into their songwriting partnership, the credits in the upper right corner are for "Dwight/Taupin," as Elton John's birth name was Reginald Dwight. Matted with a typed letter from 1993 (on Elton John AIDS Foundation letterhead) with Elton John's handwritten signature, detailing how important the song meant to him and what it was like to sing it at Ryan White's funeral in 1990.

    "I think the song has stood the test of time," John wrote. "The issues of freedom and liberty will always be significant and hymns never cease to move and unite people."

    Also matted with a typed letter from Taupin with his handwritten signature, talking about the song's importance.

    "Written in the summer of 1968 'Skyline Pigeon' was the first song that truly defined Elton and my direction as songwriters," Taupin wrote in 1993. "Up to this point we had been cajoled into writing bland corporate songs for middle-of-the-road performers. Elton was still Reginald Dwight and I was still terribly naïve but with some encouragement from respected friends, we broke the chains that bound us and attempted to write what we wanted to write. This was our first attempt."

    Matted to an overall 31.7" x 18". In Very Good Plus condition with some fading and toning. The lyrics were flattened out, so there is creasing and fold marks throughout. COA from Heritage Auctions.




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