Elton John wrote about this song: when I wrote this song on a Sunday, I suggested to me that I floated into space and looked down at my own body. I imagined that I died.Obsessed with this thought I wrote this song about death. The next day I was told that Guy (Burchett), our 17-year-old courier, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident the day before. Guy died on the day I wrote this song. 
The song opens with a piano solo. Shortly after the intro comes in, with the support of the percussion and synthesizers that repeat the melody windchimes. The song remains instrumental to the end, in which the meaning Life, is a temporary thing is sung on the opening melody.
The song is well known in Europe. In Netherlands, but also in other countries, it became a big hit when it came out. In the United States it came number 110.
|Chart positions: 06-01-1979/03-03-1979|
Dutch Single Top 100[Edit]Edit
|Chart positions: 13-01-1979-10-03-1979|
Flemish Radio 2 Top 30[Edit]Edit
|Chart positions: 20-01-1979 t/m 17-03-1979|
|Number (s) with markings
in the Radio 2 Top 2000
|' 99||' 00||' 01||' 02||' 03||' 04||' 05||' 06||' 07||' 08||' 09||' 10||' 11||' 12||' 13|
|Song for Guy||618||867||935||1231||1363||1157||1398||1494||1733||1408||1850||1641||1958||-||-|