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Elton John endorses A Song for Lily-Mae charity single from Galway
Elton John has given the seal of approval to a charity single recorded for a four-year-old Irish girl with a serious form of cancer.
'A beautiful version of Elton and Bernie’s song Tiny Dancer has been recorded in Ireland as a way to raise money for the care of Lily-Mae Morrison, a four year-old Irish girl who has neuroblastoma, a rare and extremely aggressive childhood cancer of the nervous system,' a post on Elton John's official website said.
'We encourage Elton’s fans to like the video, and we especially encourage you to visit iTunes on Friday and buy the song!'
The single, released on 23 November, features a choir of more than 200 voices, including famous Irish musicians such as Mary Black, Paddy Casey, Declan O'Rourke, Mundy, and Lily-Mae's father.
'Her Mummy really likes the song Tiny Dancer and when we told her it was the song we wanted to produce for Lily-Mae, she cried,' the official Facebook page says. 'If you listen carefully to the lyrics you can see that the song was actually written for Lily-Mae in 1971, but Elton and Bernie didn't know that at the time.'
Here's four-year-old Lily '[applying] flawless logic to Bernie Taupin's lyric for Elton John's 1971 classic, Tiny Dancer, and her practical demonstration leaves the lyric begging for mercy' (the lyric is 'Tiny Dancer in My Hand):
And the touching moment where she teaches her drummer, Pat, how to play a cymbal:
The single is available on iTunes, in HMV stores in Ireland, from 23 November. The aim is to achieve the Christmas Number one spot in Ireland, raising awareness of the disease and raising funds for Lily-Mae's care.
For more information or to get in touch with A Song for Lily Mae, visit their Facebook page.