Hollow Man (Alternate Version)

from the album Doppelgänger Deluxe Edition

from T.S. Lewis poem The Hollow Men Adapted by Terry Taylor
©1983 Twitchen Vibes/ Paragon Music Corp. ASCAP

We are the hollow men, we are the stuffed men
Leaning together, head piece, filled with straw
Shape, without form, shade, without color
Paralysed force, the hollow men
Gesture, without motion

Those who have crossed with direct eyes
To death's other kingdom may remember us
Not as lost, violent souls
As hollow men
Only as the stuffed men, this is the dead land
This is the cactus land

Here the stone images are raised
Here is where they will receive

The supplication of a dead man's hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star
Is it like this in death's other kingdom?
Waking alone in the hour when we are trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss form prayers to broken stone
The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms
In this last of meeting places, we grope together and avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river
The hollow men

Sightless and useless the eyes reappear
As the perpetual star, multifoliate arose
Of death's twilight kingdom

The only hope
of empty men

Hollow Men


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