The Greatest Discovery – Video 17 – Album “Elton John”

11 03 2010

The 17th vlog posting is the eighth track from Elton’s self-titled album, The Greatest Discovery.  This track is of course filled with a beautiful string arrangement by Paul Buckmaster that I did my best to emulate on the piano.  My rendition is modeled mostly after the way Elton has recently performed the song in his solo concert dates. 

The lyric is about the birth of Bernie’s younger brother Kit.  This is one of those fantastic Bernie Taupin lyrics that is like watching a little four minute movie.  It is just about how nothing compares to the wonderment and excitement of a new sibling coming into your life.  The lyric is very insightful and does a brilliant job of describing the discovery of a new brother with words that one would not expect.

Elton’s melody flows through the words like they were written together.  The song moves through peaks and valleys that are accentuated by the string arrangement.  I really feel that this is one of Elton’s favorite songs to play in a live setting.  He always seems to mention what the song is about, no matter how many times he plays it.  I sense that he may have a certain attachment to this song because he never got to experience the joy of a sibling. 

I hope you enjoy what I have done with the song.  As always, thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave feedback.

Peering out of tiny eyes
The grubby hands that gripped the rail
Wiped the window clean of frost
As the morning air laid on the latch

A whistle awakened someone there
Next door to the nursery just down the hall
A strange new sound you never heard before
A strange new sound that makes boys explore

Tread neat so small those little feet
Amid the morning his small heart beats
So much excitement yesterday
That must be rewarded must be displayed

Large hands lift him through the air
Excited eyes contain him there
The eyes of those he loves and knows
But what’s this extra bed just here

His puzzled head tipped to one side
Amazement swims in those bright green eyes
Glancing down upon this thing
That make strange sounds, strange sounds that sing

In those silent happy seconds
That surround the sound of this event
A parent smile is made in moments
They have made for you a friend

And all you ever learned from them
Until you grew much older
Did not compare with when they said
This is your brand new brother
This is your brand new brother
This is your brand new brother

© 1969 Dick James Music, Inc.




9 responses

3 04 2010
Pedro JB

Wow!! man, simply amazing!!! your playing is great, each note is simply great, and the choice of the songs of course (no better albums for me, than “Elton John” , “Madman…” and “Goodbye yellow..”. But hey, whete did you get the sheet music?
Great playing

23 06 2010
Peter Harrison

Hey man superb – it is fantastic to see someone so connected to something that you value yourself. I can sense you love of the great art and I am very impressed with your considered, talented expression of the magic of the music and your mastery and artistry in reproducing this arrangement so magnificantly. Thank you for sharing your talent so freely.
kind regards

31 07 2010

Thanks a ton for your very kind words!

27 07 2010

Wow, your version is definitely better than the original! :O So beautiful… Keep going!


The Elton John Discography Guy

31 07 2010

Thank you so very much for your comment!!! I visit your website all the time. Its been a great resource for this blog! Thank you!

1 08 2010

Really? That’s excellent to hear! (:

14 10 2010

I share your love of this song…
I was so moved to play this song on the piano when it came out in 1971…

it still moves me and makes me grateful for my three children.

i find elton john songs have chronicled and mirrored my different stages in life.

well done.

25 01 2011

Absolutely beautiful! thank you.

27 03 2012
Tomeu Fiol


he escuchado tu canción “The Greatest Discovery” un montón de veces, y me encanta. Es una canción preciosa, y tu interpretación es magnífica.

Intenté conseguir la partitura de esa canción para piano, pero la versión que conseguí estaba demasiado simplificada. ¿podrías indicarme donde puedo conseguir la versión de la partitura que tu utilizas?

Gracias, y sigue interpretando así!


I heard your song “The Greatest Discovery” a lot of times, and I love it. It’s a beautiful song and your performance is superb.

I tried to get the sheet music of this song for piano, but the version I got was too simplified. Could you tell me where I can get the version of the sheet music that you use?

Thanks, and continue with your great performance !

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