I'm Still Standing
Elton John Lyrics


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You could never know what it's like
Your blood, like winter, freezes just like ice
And there's a cold, lonely light that shines from you
You'll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use

And did you think this fool could never win?
Well look at me, I'm a-coming back again
I got a taste of love in a simple way
And if you need to know while I'm still standing
You just fade away

Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did?
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
And I'm still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Once I never coulda hoped to win
You starting down the road, leaving me again
The threats you made were meant to cut me down
And if our love was just a circus, you'd be a clown by now

You know I'm still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
And I'm still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Don't you know that I'm still standing better than I ever did?
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
And I'm still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)

I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)





I'm still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I'm still standing

Overall Meaning

In Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing,” the singer is reveling in his newfound strength and independence after a challenging relationship. The opening lines of the song set the stage for the rest to follow, with John declaring that his ex-lover could never truly know what it’s like to be him. The imagery in the lines “Your blood, like winter, freezes just like ice / And there's a cold, lonely light that shines from you” paints a vivid picture of an unfeeling, detached partner. John juxtaposes this image with his own of a survivor, someone who’s been through the ringer but is still standing tall. In the chorus, John repeats the phrase “I’m still standing” as a kind of mantra, reminding himself of the resilience he’s built up over time.


The song’s verses chronicle the ups and downs of John’s relationship with his ex, including the period where he felt like a “fool” who could never come out on top. However, in the second verse, John asserts that he’s not just surviving but thriving without his ex. He compares his ex to a clown, reinforcing the perception that they’re not someone he takes seriously anymore. Finally, the melody of the song is upbeat, blending elements of pop and rock to create a celebratory tone that matches the lyrics. Overall, the song is a testament to the power of perseverance and strength in adversity.


Line by Line Meaning

You could never know what it's like
The pain that I went through is unimaginable to you


Your blood, like winter, freezes just like ice
Your heart is cold and emotionless as if frozen by winter


And there's a cold, lonely light that shines from you
Your aura emits a cold, lonely light


You'll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use
You'll end up in a bad state like the shipwreck you try to conceal behind your fake persona


And did you think this fool could never win?
You thought I was foolish and incapable of winning,


Well look at me, I'm a-coming back again
But look at me now, I'm making a comeback


I got a taste of love in a simple way
I experienced love in a simple and uncomplicated manner


And if you need to know while I'm still standing
And if you want to know why I'm still standing


You just fade away
It's because you just faded away from my life


Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did?
Don't you realize that I'm still standing stronger than before?


Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I look like I survived against all odds and feel youthful and invigorated


And I'm still standing after all this time
And I'm still standing despite everything that has happened


Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind
I'm moving on with my life without you occupying my thoughts


Once I never coulda hoped to win
Initially, I never thought I had a chance of winning


You starting down the road, leaving me again
You are leaving me once more by going down a separate path


The threats you made were meant to cut me down
The threats you made were meant to bring me down


And if our love was just a circus, you'd be a clown by now
If our relationship was a circus, you would be the clown as you made a joke out of our love




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, O/B/O DistroKid
Written by: Bernie Taupin, Elton John

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4 decades later and my respect goes to everyone who are still standing, timeless classic

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