"With renewed creativity after 1988's Reg Strikes Back, Elton John and Bernie Taupin sought out to create a cohesive album that had maintained a consistent theme. They decided to pay tribute to the R&B sound of the 1960s and 1970s who inspired them as youths. Bernie would listen to 60s soul songs and use those songs from the past to inspire new lyrics for their album. He would then write down which artists or songs influenced him. Elton would then use Bernie's guide to write a soul song that sometimes ventured away from the original source of inspiration. Many of the songs have a somewhat clear influence while others contain a mixture of various soul influences.
The songs "Whispers" and "Blue Avenue" were released as singles in Continental Europe. "Whispers" reached #11 in France whilst "Blue Avenue" vaguely touched the Top 75 in the Netherlands.
Sleeping With The Past received lukewarm reviews when the album was released in 1989. However, long time fans of Elton John loved the album and deem it to be one of his best from the 1980s. Despite the critical judgment of the album, it became his first platinum album in 11 years and spawned his first solo #1 hit in the UK."
Whispers is one of my favorite Elton John songs, along with many others from the era of the late 80's and early 90's . . . in my opinion, Sleeping With The Past was one of his best albums and I still enjoy listening to it.
For me, it is timeless.
Elton John | Whispers Lyrics
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Available on the album Sleeping With The Past
Look at me twice with wildcat eyes
Promise me everything except a blue night
Shudder like ice in cut crystal glass
Melt in embraces of crazy eyed past
And whisper, whisper, whispering whispers
Tantamount to a lie with lingering breath
Walking fingers run, hungry scratches left
Dull chimes ringing like an empty voice
A distant smile framed, her lips are soft and moist
With whispers, whispers, whispering whispers
And whisper in a rhythm your lies
Keep comfort for others
Hurt me with the night
Whisper like cold winds close to the bone
Save heaven for lovers, leave me alone
With your whispers, whispers, whispering whispers