“Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” by Elton John

In “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word”, Elton John tries to save his dying relationship yet finds it difficult to simply apologize so they can move on.

The singer perceives himself as the one who has wronged his lover and questions them on what he can do to mend their broken bond. Elton suggests that his partner has already given up and left when he mentions that they are not there when he wakes up. Feeling that the relationship is already over is probably the reason why he finds it hard to say sorry. 

John expresses his agony while mentioning that the situation is so unfortunate. The strange thing about the song is that a reconciliation seems impossible. And why? Because both parties, especially the narrator finds it hard to apologize for his actions.

Lyrics of "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Words"

Release Date of “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”

MCA Records and the Rocket Record Company released “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” on 1 November 1976.

The song originally appeared on Elton John’s album “Blue Moves”. And since then it has been featured on a few of his projects.

Chart Performance

“Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” reached number one on Billboard’s Easy Listening and RPM Top Singles charts, being respectively certified gold in the United States and Canada.

The tune also charted in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand. In Elton John’s home country of the United Kingdom, it peaked at number 11.

And a 2002 cover of this song by English boy band Blue, which featured Elton John, performed even better intentionally.

Ray Charles’ Cover of “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”

Elton John was also featured on a Ray Charles’ (1930-2004) cover of this song in 2004. In fact Mr. Charles’ rendition is believed to be the last song he recorded before passing away in June of that year.

Writing Credits for “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word”

This song was written by Elton John and his renowned collaborator, Bernie Taupin. And it marked one of the few instances where Elton created the melody and actually wrote most of the lyrics. He wrote this song somewhere in 1975.

And another of Elton’s trusty partners, Gus Dudgeon, produced the track. The first song Dudgeon and Elton worked on together was the 1970 classic “Your Song“.

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