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"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
Single by Elton John
from the album Jump Up!
B-side "Take Me Down to the Ocean"
Released March 12, 1982
Genre Rock
Length Single-3:59/LP-5:05
Label Geffen (US/Canada)
Rocket Records
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Elton John singles chronology
"Loving You is Sweeter than Ever"
(1981)
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
(1982)
"Blue Eyes"
(1982)
Jump Up! track listing
"Blue Eyes"
(6)
"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
(7)
"Princess"
(8)

"Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" is a hit ballad from British pop-rock performer Elton John's 1982 album Jump Up!. It reached number 13 in the US singles chart. He dedicated the song in memory of the late Beatle, John Lennon, who had been murdered by an obsessed fan in front of his New York City apartment on December 8, 1980. Lennon and John were good friends, having performed a duet on Lennon's 1974 hit "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night", which the pair performed live at one of John's concerts in the same year (Lennon's last stage performance), along with two other songs. Elton John first performed the song live at Madison Square Garden in 1982, with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and their son Sean in the audience. He again performed it on his first and only appearance as a musical guest on the April 17, 1982 episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Johnny Cash. To this day, John rarely performs the song live, as he has said it brings back too many painful memories of Lennon's death.

The "Empty Garden" refers to New York's Madison Square Garden, where John Lennon did a duet with Elton in 1974. Elton has since performed the song several times at Madison Square Garden. There is a music video for the song featuring John sitting at a piano with a mock-up of the Dakota building's drive-up entrance door where Lennon's murder took place.

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