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SOTD: Empty garden (Hey hey Johnny)

Elton John’s song Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) is a personal favorite of mine as it links Elton directly to John Lennon. This song was written in John’s memory after he was murdered in New York City in 1980.

[Verse 1]
What happened here
As the New York sunset disappeared

I found an empty garden among the flagstones there
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And now it all looks strange
It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain
And what's it for
This little empty garden by the brownstone door
And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And we are so amazed we're crippled and we're dazed
A gardener like that one no one can replace

[Chorus]
And I've been knocking but no one answers
And I've been knocking most all the day
Oh and I've been calling oh hey hey Johnny
Can't you come out to play

[Verse 2]
And through their tears
Some say he farmed his best in younger years
But he'd have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear
Who lived there
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
Now we pray for rain, and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name

[Chorus][x2]

[Outro]
Oh hey hey Johnny, can you come out
Johnny can't you come out to play in your empty garden [6x]

I find this song to be a very sweet and sincere tribute to a friendship of two of the greatest musicians. Elton just wants to play more music with John. I’m sure everyone does. This may be my favorite tribute to John Lennon ever. I wonder if Elton will play this later this month when I see him. We’ll see!

kk