Candle in the Wind rewritten for Diana By Elton John
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,
along 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.
Tis 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."
Thankyou Mr. John for your beautiful song once again
Earl Spencers Euology to Diana
“I stand before you today, the
representative of a family in grief, in a
country in mourning, before a world in
“We are all united, not only in our desire
to pay our respects to Diana, but rather in
our need to do so, because such was her
extraordinary appeal that the tens of millions
of people taking part in this service all over
the world via television and radio who never
actually met her feel that they too lost
someone close to them in the early hours of
“It is a more remarkable tribute to Diana
then I can ever hope to offer to her today.
“Diana was the very essence of
compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty.
“All over the world she was the symbol
of selfless humanity. A standard bearer for
the rights of the truly downtrodden. A very
British girl who transcended nationality.
Someone with a natural nobility who was
classless and who proved in the last year that
she needed no royal title to continue to
generate her particular brand of magic.
“Today is our chance to say ‘thank you’
for the way you brightened our lives, even
though God granted you but half a life. We
will all feel cheated always that you were
taken from us so young and yet we must
learn to be grateful that you came at all.
“Only now you are gone do we truly
appreciate what we are without, and we
want you to know that life without you is
very, very difficult.
“We have all despaired for our loss over
the past week and only the strength of the
message you gave us through your years of
giving has afforded us the strength to move
“There is a temptation to rush, to
canonize your memory. There is no need to
do so. You stand tall enough as a human
being of unique qualities, and do not need to
be seen as a saint.
“Indeed, to sanctify your memory would
be to miss out on the very core of your
being—your wonderfully mischievous sense
of humor with a laugh that bent you double,
your joy for life transmitted wherever you
took your smile and the sparkle in those
unforgettable eyes, your boundless energy
which you could barely contain.
“But your greatest gift was your intuition
and it was a gift you used wisely. This is
what under pinned all your other wonderful
“And if we look to analyze what it was
about you that had such a wide appeal we
find it in your instinctive feel for what was
really important in all our lives.
“Without your God-given sensitivity, we
would be immersed in greater ignorance at
the anguish of Aids and HIV sufferers, the
plight of the homeless, the isolation of
lepers, the random destruction of land
“Diana explained to me once that it was
her innermost feelings of suffering that
made it possible for her to connect with her
constituency of the rejected.
“And here we come to another truth
about her. For all the status, the glamour,
the applause, Diana remained throughout a
very insecure person at heart, almost
childlike in her desire to do good for others
so she could release herself from deep
feelings of unworthiness of which her eating
disorders were merely a symptom.
“The world sensed this part of her
character and cherished her vulnerability.
“The last time I saw Diana was on July
1st, her birthday, in London when typically
she was not taking time to celebrate her
special day with friends but was guest of
honor at a fund-raising charity evening. She
sparkled, of course.
“But I would rather cherish the days I
spent with her in March when she came to
visit me and my children at our home in
South Africa. I am proud of the fact that,
apart from when she was on public display
meeting President Mandela, we managed to
contrive to stop the ever-present paparazzi
from getting a single picture of her. That
meant a lot to her.
These are days I will always treasure. It
was as if we were transported back to our
childhood when we spent such an enormous
amount of time together as the two youngest
in the family.
“Fundamentally she hadn’t changed at all
from the big sister who mothered me as a
baby, fought with me at school, who
endured those long journeys between our
parents’ home with me at weekends.
“It is a tribute to her level-headedness and
strength that despite the most bizarre life
after her childhood, she remained intact, true
“There is no doubt she was looking for a
new direction in her life at this time.
“She talked endlessly of getting away
from England, mainly because of the
treatment that she received at the hands of
“I don’t think she ever understood why
her genuinely good intentions were sneered
at by the media, why there appeared to be a
permanent quest on their behalf to bring her
down. It is baffling.
“My own and only explanation is that
genuine goodness is threatening to those at
the opposite end of the moral spectrum.
“It is a point to remember that of all the
ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest
was this: a girl given the name of the ancient
goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most
hunted person of the modern age.
“She would want us today to pledge
ourselves to protecting her beloved boys,
William and Harry, from a similar fate, and I
do this here, Diana, on your behalf.
“We will not allow them to suffer the
anguish that used regularly to drive you to
tearful despair. And beyond that, on behalf
of your mother and sisters, I pledge that we,
your blood family, will do all we can to
continue the imaginative and loving way in
which you were steering these two
exceptional young men so that their souls
are not simply immersed by duty and
tradition but can sing openly as you planned.
“We fully respect the heritage into which
they have both been born and will always
respect and encourage them in their royal
role. But we, like you, recognize the need
for them to experience as many different
aspects of life as possible to arm them
spiritually and emotionally for the years
ahead. I know you would have expected
nothing less from us.
“William and Harry, we all care
desperately for you today. We are all chewed
up with sadness at the loss of a woman who
wasn’t even our mother. How great your
suffering is we cannot even imagine.
“I would like to end by thanking God for
the small mercies he has shown us at this
dreadful time, for taking Diana at her most
beautiful and radiant and when she had joy
in her private life.
“Above all, we give thanks for the life of
a woman I’m so proud to be able to call my
sister—the unique, the complex, the
extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana whose
beauty, both internal and external, will never
be extinguished from our minds.”