Emptiness, consuming me
Head in hands, I can hardly speak
Looking for solitude
Lost in humanity
True knowledge leads to suffering
A constant quest an endless dream
Searching for inner peace
Hidden so deep in me

Don't want to be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man

Sadness comes knocking constantly
Filling up my eyes, for all to see
Peace will come someday
I pray that it finds a way
Darkness caressing my mind and soul
My spirits rejecting, I'm feeling whole
Emptiness goes away
Fills with the light of day

Don't want to be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man

I rise up like the pheonix
From the ashes of an older way
With wisdom gained, I turn away
I turned away
Hollow man find yourself some other Plan

Don't want to be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man

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"Hollow Man" as written by William Henry Duffy Ian Robert Astbury

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentIt is a contemplative piece written before Matt Barlow parted with the band. It is pretty, but painful to listen to, and is completely out of place thematically with the rest of the album.
    Pocket_Savioron November 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah i had a feeling it has absolutely nothing ot do with american or world history, it still rocks though
    Skeezixon January 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI remember Jon saying that Hollow Man was originally intended to be on the Horror Show album, but he felt it was 'too good' and wanted to keep it for later.
    stickyshooZon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is based on the poem "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot which describes how the survivors of war are 'hollow' and lifeless and wandering the earth looking for peace.

    When you look at it in that context it actually does fit the album.

    Another interesting fact is that Eliot was actually a big fan of another piece of work which was a big inspiration for Schaeffer and that is the poem Inferno by Dante.

    Just goes to show you should never judge the intelligence of an artist by the lack of intelligence of most of their fans. Amidst all of the headbanging and snarling the guys in iced earth are actually quite deep thinkers it would seem.
    bsparon November 19, 2009   Link

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