Elton John's 1975 LP Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is a concept album about Elton and Bernie's early days as an aspiring songwriting duo in London. At the time, John was struggling to come to terms with his sexuality – he was actually engaged to a woman in 1969. The stress of the whole situation caused John to contemplate suicide. His friends talked him out of it, and provided the inspiration behind "Someone Saved My Life Tonight." "When I hear that song it really makes me think of gray skies, wet streets and smoky pubs," Taupin said. "That fragile feeling you get inside when you're unsure of the future."