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Elton: Stay On 'The Bridge' To Goals

Sir Elton John's highly-anticipated album, "The Captain and the Kid," won't hit record stores until Sept. 19, but The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm got an exclusive preview of the album's first single, "The Bridge."

She caught up with John during a break in rehearsals for Friday night's Fashion Rocks concert which, among other things, helps raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

John co-wrote "The Bridge" with longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin.

The key lyric? "You cross the bridge or fade away."

John told Storm: "In the context that I sing it, it's about having crossed that bridge and survived, the two of us still being together, Bernie Taupin and myself. We've been writing now for nearly 40 years (trying to) chase the ultimate song and not to give up.

"But it also is applicable to everybody in any walk of life. It's like, 'Don't give up.' There's so many people who give up and jump off the bridge.

"You just cannot be successful all the time. … I think some of the stuff we did in the '80s and '90s, it was uneven because there was all the pressure to have a hit record to have a chart record and, if you write songs, you're going to write unevenly, anyway. You're not going to write great songs all the time.

"But, I feel, with the last three albums, we've written three really great albums, and we could go on stage and play now without paying any of our old songs, our old hits, and really entertain people really well with them."

For a week beginning Friday, Fashion Rocks is auctioning off items from stars associated with the concert. All proceeds go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Storm had two of the items on the set Friday: a limited edition rust crocodile Gucci bag with a retail value of $19,500, and a guitar valued at $2,499 signed by some of the music industry' s biggest superstars.

For much more on Fashion Rocks and the auction, and a list of items up for grabs, go to the Fashion Rocks Web site by clicking here.

To watch the interview with John, click here.

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