This House Is Empty Now

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These rooms play tricks upon you
Remember when they were always filled with laughter?
But now they're quite deserted
They seem to just echo voices raised in anger
Maybe you will see my face reflected there on the pane
In the window of our poor forlorn and broken home

Still this house is empty now
There's nothing I can do to make you want to stay
So tell me how am I supposed to live without you?

These walls were lined with pictures
Remember the glass we charged in celebration?
But now I fill my life up
With all that I can to deaden this sensation
Do you recognize the face fixed in that fine silver frame?
Were you really so unhappy then?
You never said

So this house is empty now
There's nothing I can do to make you want to stay
So tell me how am I supposed to live without you?

Oh, if I could just become forgetful when night seems endless
Does the extinguished candle care about the darkness?

It's funny how my memory
Will bring you so close then make you disappear
Meanwhile all our friends must choose
Who they will favour, who they will lose
Hang the garland high or close the door
And throw away the key

This house is empty now
There's no one living here
You have to care about

This house is empty now
There's nothing I can do to make you want to stay
So tell me how
Am I supposed to live without you?

This house is empty now
There's no one living here you have to care about
This house is empty now
There's nothing I can do to make you want to stay
So tell me how am I supposed to live without you?

This House Is Empty Now
Written byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
Produced byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Arranged byBurt Bacharach
MusiciansElvis Costello - voice
Burt Bacharach - piano, conductor
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Jim Keltner - drums
Greg Cohen - bass
Dean Parks - guitar solo
Dave Coy - fretless bass
Frank Marocco - musette
Rob Shrock - keyboards
Belinda Whitney-Barratt - violin solo
Donna Taylor, Lisa Taylor, Sue-Ann Carwell - vocal group
plus additional musicians
RecordedJune-July 1998, Ocean Way, Los Angeles
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1998
AlbumsPainted From Memory, 1998
SinglesThis House Is Empty Now, 1998
She, 1999
Various Artists collectionsLaunch #23, 1999
The Love Songs Of Burt Bacharach, 1999
Dreampop, 2000
Living Room - Soft And Relaxing Music, 2005
After Midnight, 2006
Contemporary Crooners, 2007

First known performance:
April 8, 1998, New York, NY
Last known performance:
January 17, 2018, Solana Beach, CA
     (119 known performances)

Alternate versions

This House Is Empty Now (Live 1998)
Performed byElvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Burt Bacharach - piano
RecordedNovember 23, 1998, Late Night With Conan O'Brien
ReleasedApril 26, 1999
AlbumsPainted From Memory (2CD Limited Tour Edition), 1999

This House Is Empty Now (For The Stars version)
Performed byAnne Sofie von Otter meets Elvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
Arranged byElvis Costello & the Ensemble
MusiciansAnne Sofie von Otter - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
Svante Henryson - cello
Paul Pritchard - French horn
Mats Schubert - harmonium
Magnus Persson - vibraphone
RecordedFebruary 2000-January 2001, Atlantis Grammophon AB, Stockholm and/or Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin and/or Westside Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 19, 2001
AlbumsFor The Stars, 2001
Painted From MemoryPainted From Memory album cover.jpg

Single: This House Is Empty NowThis House Is Empty Now CD single front insert.jpg

Single: SheShe (Part 2) UK CD single front insert.jpg

The Love Songs Of Burt BacharachThe Love Songs Of Burt Bacharach (Hip-O) album cover.jpg

DreampopDreampop album cover.jpg

For The StarsFor The Stars album cover.jpg

Living Room - Soft And Relaxing MusicLiving Room Soft And Relaxing Music album cover.jpg


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