James Corden needed a ride Sunday night.
Thankfully, he happened to be in car—Elton John's car, in Elton John's garage, to be precise. In the Super Bowl 50 edition of CBS' The Late Late Show, the host took the music legend for a drive down memory lane. With John sitting shotgun and a rich catalog to choose from, Corden queued up their road trip playlist, kicking the drive off with the singer-songwriter's 1970 classic "Your Song." Corden couldn't believe how profound the song's lyrics were, so he asked John, "When you write a song like that, do you just know the second it's finished that's a hit record?"
John explained that he co-wrote the song in his parents' apartment in North London after his longtime collaborator, Bernie Taupin, brought him the lyric. "I took it into the living room, sat at the piano, read it thorugh and I went, 'God, this is amazing, for an 18-year-old boy to write this lyric.' I played it to him, and I think when I finished playing, we both realized this was the huge step forward in our songwriting," the rocker said. "We never looked back from that song."
The fast friends sang 1983's "I'm Still Standing" next, and Corden confessed that he never knew John was such a good dancer. John politely refused accept the compliment, telling him, "Arlene Phillips said I was the worst dancer she's ever worked with. Bitch!" Corden wondered if that's why John "used to go so flamboyant" with his stage costumes. John explained that he was never a lead vocalist, like David Bowie or Mick Jagger, and he never felt like a sex symbol, either. "I had fun with my outfits and I just went for it," he recalled. He and Corden went for it when they wore feather boas and sunglasses in order to properly sing 1973's "Crocodile Rock."