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Trapped Tonight

04.10.2021

SUDBURY: An operation was underway Monday to evacuate 39 miners trapped underground for more than 24 hours after a mechanical problem blocked the entrance shaft to a mine in northern Ontario. Mining company Vale said a rescue team had reached the workers, who were in several different "refuges" between and 1, meters underground at the Totten Mine, west of Sudbury, Ontario.

No one was injured, the company said. A statement from the United Steelworkers, the union that represents 30 of the 39 workers trapped in the mine, said it was cautiously optimistic that all would be safely evacuated. The company said the miners have had access to food, water and medicine. Vale said the incident happened when a scoop bucket being sent underground Sunday afternoon detached, blocking the mine shaft.

As a result, it said, the "conveyance system" for taking workers to and from the surface could not be used. Like the rest of the album, the song is autobiographical; Trapped Tonight tells the story of an attempted suicide by John. At six minutes and 45 seconds, it was long for a Trapped Tonight, but owing to the highly personal nature of the lyrics, John refused to let it be cut down to a more typical single length. Still, despite the length, it peaked on the Billboard Hot chart in the U.

The song concludes side one of the album's narrative, chronicling the early history of John and lyricist, Bernie Taupinand their struggles to find their place within the music industry. In the U. Taupin's lyric refers to a time inbefore John was popular as a musician, when John was engaged to be married to girlfriend Linda Woodrow. Feeling desperate, John contemplated suicide, and even made a half-hearted attempt at asphyxiating himself with a gas oven in his home.

His parents arrived the next day, in a van, to take him home. According to Trapped Tonight in the documentary Trapped Tonight Roomswhich is about the professional and personal relationship between Bernie Taupin and Elton John, he was the one who found Elton. Elton had turned on the gas oven and lay down on the floor next to it.

But, he had also opened the kitchen window, rendering the attempt ineffective. The lyric "And butterflies are free to fly" is a reference to a famous quote from Dickens ' Bleak House : "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies. Some radio stations altered the song or refused to play it due to the use of the phrase "Damn it" in the second verse.

During the recording of the song's lead vocal, Dudgeon said he was pushing John for more in terms of his delivery of the vocal, not paying attention to the lyric. According to Gambaccini, guitarist Davey Johnstone leaned over and told Dudgeon, "You know he's singing about killing himself. At this was one of John's longest singles and was supposed to be edited to a shorter version for radio consumption. However, John refused to let MCA Records cut it down, saying that it was to be released as a whole, and the record company acquiesced.

John has played the song live many times, one of the best known recorded performances coming during the Central Trapped Tonight concert in September Walter Jackson recorded a version of the song for his album Feeling Good.

Mariah Carey used an interpolation of the song in Trapped Tonight house record she co-wrote with David Morales titled "Fly Away Butterfly Reprise " which appears on her album Butterfly. Mining company Vale said a rescue team had reached the workers, who were in several different "refuges" between and 1, meters underground at the Totten Mine, west of Sudbury, Ontario.

No one was injured, the company said. A statement from the United Steelworkers, the union that represents 30 of the 39 workers trapped in the mine, said it was cautiously optimistic that all would be safely evacuated.

The company said the miners have had access to food, water and medicine. Vale said the incident happened when a scoop bucket being sent underground Sunday afternoon detached, blocking the mine shaft. As a result, it said, the "conveyance system" for taking workers to and from the surface could not be used.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said his thoughts were with the miners.

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