Daniel" is a song and ballad by Elton John. It appeared on the 1973 album . It was written by John and his lyricist Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player Bernie Taupin. In the United Kingdom, the song reached no. 4 in the official chart. In the US the song reached No. 2 on the pop charts (only held from number one by "  My Love" by Paul McCartney & Wings) and No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts for two weeks in the spring of 1973. In the  United States, it was certified Gold in September 1995 and Platinum in May 2018 by the RIAA. In Canada, it became his second No. 1 single, following " Crocodile Rock" earlier in the year, holding the position for two weeks in the national singles chart. RPM 100
Writers John and Taupin received the 1973  Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. 
Donatella Versace named her son after this song. 
Composition Bernie Taupin wrote "Daniel" after reading an article in either or Time about a Newsweek Vietnam War veteran who had been wounded, and wanted to get away from the attention he was receiving when he went back home. The last verse in the original draft was cut from the final version, which has led to some speculation on the contents.  
"'Daniel' had been the
most misinterpreted song that we'd ever written," explained Taupin, in the Two Rooms tribute project. "The story was about a guy that went back to a small town in Texas, returning from the Vietnam War. They'd lauded him when he came home and treated him like a hero. But, he just wanted to go home, go back to the farm, and try to get back to the life that he'd led before. I wanted to write something that was sympathetic to the people that came home."
Billboard Hot 100  48
Cash Box Top 100  44
Accolades Grammy Awards
"Daniel" was covered on the 1991 album
by Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Wilson Phillips. It reached number seven on the US Adult Contemporary chart as an album cut.  Sam Smith covered the song for the 2018 tribute album .
Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
covered "Daniel" on the bonus version of their year 2000 Fuel (band)
Something Like Human' album. 
Use as film music
"Daniel" can be heard in the film
by Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Martin Scorsese.
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