In a profile in the London Evening Standard, Elton John discusses a farewell letter he wrote to cocaine, a drug he was addicted to in the 1970s and early 1980s. Things got so bad that John was using cocaine every four minutes.
The singer’s rehab therapist suggested he write a good-bye letter to the drug, and it was a hit. Apparently, his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin thought it was some of his best work. John tells the Evening Standard:
Bernie said it was one of the best things he’s ever read, which was such a compliment. I wrote two pages and it just poured out of me because it had to. I put cocaine in the role of a mistress saying, “I love you very much but I can’t see you any more. You’ve been my whore, I’ve taken you everywhere round the world with me, I’ve flown in private jets, I made love to you and now I must say goodbye. If I see you in a room, I will have to leave.” Cocaine was my worst best friend.