Elton John Pays Tribute to His Mother With "Your Song" at First Concert Since Her Death

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“This is the song I want to dedicate to her. And it's taken me from nowhere to somewhere,” the performer told the audience in Hamburg, Germany.

Sir Elton John on Tuesday addressed his beloved mother's death in the only way he knows how: in song. The pop icon performed at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, in his first gig since his mother, Sheila Farebrother, 92, died on Monday. He dedicated the moving "Your Song" to her at the gig while describing the tune's origin. According to BBC News, John told the audience, "Yesterday was a sad and hard day for me because my mother passed away."

Though the two were estranged for years, they had reconciled, and following her death, John said he had gotten together with her just last week and said he was "in shock" at her passing. "I'm glad to say she passed away peacefully, with no pain," he said at the show. "But maybe sooner than she should have done, so I was quite shocked. And I was thinking how I could pay tribute to her tonight, and what song I should choose."

John then explained that he wrote "Your Song" at his mother's house and added, "I can remember every single minute of writing this song with Bernie [Taupin]. So this is the song I want to dedicate to her. And it's taken me from nowhere to somewhere. So thank you, mum."

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.