September 5 [19:00 EDT] — Buckingham Palace has released the lyrics to the modified version of “Candle in the Wind” that Elton John will sing at Princess Diana’s funeral Saturday.
As we first reported Thursday, John (who was a close friend of the Princess) will pay tribute to Diana with a new version of the sing, which was first penned as an ode to Marilyn Monroe.
Reuters news reports that the lyrics were re-written by the song’s original composer, Bernie Taupin, and will include the following lyrics:
Goodbye England’s rose; may you ever grow in our hearts. You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart. You called out to our country, and you whispered to those in pain. Now you belong to heaven, and the stars spell out your name. And it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind: never fading with the sunset when the rain set in. And your footsteps will always fall here, among England’s greenest hills; your candle’s
burned out long before your legend ever will. Loveliness we’ve lost; these empty days without your smile. This torch we’ll always carry for our nation’s golden child. And even though we try, the truth brings us to tears; all our words cannot express the joy you brought us through the years. Goodbye England’s rose, from a country lost without your soul, who’ll miss the wings of your compassion more than you’ll ever know.