If you need a glass case of emotion, allow this to be the place.
I downloaded today’s song for my iPod about ten years ago, knowing full well that even though it is a sad and depressing song, but it is pretty and at the time, resonated with me and my then-current state of mind following a bad breakup. It also had gotten in my head following its use (among other songs) in a series of depressing ASPCA commercials.
You know the ones. That Sara McLaughlin song “Angel” is in one of them. It makes you want to adopt all the dogs.
As a dog owner/adopted dog mom of two (and a fur angel), they know all the tricks, including sad puppy eyes.
But today’s song isn’t about pet adoption, it is about the end of a relationship. As I said, I was going through one at the time this commercial was airing, and I really liked the song, despite its depressing nature.
“Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” is a 1976 Elton John song written by Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin, released as both a single and as part of his album Blue Moves. The two are longtime collaborators, and this song is just one of their many collaborations.
Though I can’t find any information about this being a “personal experience-type” song, it sure has that feeling.
See if you can tell, when you click play.
“Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” reached #6 on the Billboard charts, and #1 on their Easy Listening Chart. In January 1977, the single was certified Gold. It has been included on several Elton John “Best of” albums, including Greatest Hits Volume II (due to copyright reasons, it is not included on later releases of this album), Greatest Hits 1976-1986, The Very Best of Elton John, and Greatest Hits 1970-2002.
The song has also been covered by Joe Cocker, Kenny G (with Richard Marx), and Mary J. Blige, among others.
In addition to the aforementioned ASCPA commercial, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” was featured in a December 2015 holiday-themed commercial for Temptation cat treats.
Because once your song is associated with animals, you can’t quite shake that association.
Here’s to having a better day than these cats, all the animals at the ASPCA, and well, Elton John.
Though I’m sure he’s fine. Don’t weep for him.
In fact, after careful thought, the terrible person that did this doesn’t deserve Elton John.
Have a great Monday, and enjoy the music!