the song
title : Hollow
written by : Brian Kennedy
song copyright : © 1990 Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Brian Kennedy lead vocal, backing vocals
with :
Jack Burnaby piano
Julia Doyle double bass
Phil Overhead percussion
Violet Williams backing vocal
and guests :
Martin Ditcham percussion
Sianed Jones fiddle
Eddi Reader backing vocals
music
key : E flat major (no root position tonic chords though, so you may wish to disagree)
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 132
form : v V C V C M C CX p
lyrics

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Hollow

under an ordinary conversation stepped a deep sorrow
waiting for confidence to rise and sing
“Why is it the only time that truth is said is when
the bottle empties from your head” I said
tell me who decides
while honey walls conceal my complication
they deceive my aim
it seems in finding where I want to be means I lose some game
well I’ll talk to you but…

when you talk to me {when you talk to me} can you do it truthfully?
either other people have or everyone I know must be hollow

but with another who squeezes and brother using Jesus to tell me
where I’ve gone wrong
born is the need for something greater than
the need that carries on and on
gone are the ways of guilt
and holding shadows that were built
they fall down
as I talk to you but…

when you talk to me {when you talk to me} can you do it truthfully?
either other people have or everyone I know must be hollow

what do I own
in this life
where is my home
tell me something new
and I’ll talk to you but…

when you talk to me {when you talk to me} can you do it truthfully?
either other people have or everyone I know must be hollow

well I’ll talk to you but…

when you talk to me-e-e-e… can you do it truthfully
either other people have or everyone I know must be hollow
or everyone I know must be hollow
or everyone I know must be hollow
or everyone I know must be hollow
hollow… hollow—


the recording
personnel
produced by : Tim Friese-Greene
recorded by : Phill Brown at ?
mixed by : ? at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 4:27
song timing : 4:25
released on
album : The great war of words track 7

commentary
to me there is a very strong influence of Joni Mitchell’s song-writing on this track, particularly in the parlando verses and the harmonic structure (in support of this feeling I note that Brian later issued a cover version of Joni’s ‘A case of you’ as a track on the second CD of his A better man single)
Adrian Dover