Locked Out

Crowded House

About Locked Out

"Locked Out" is a 1993 song by rock group Crowded House, from the group's fourth studio album Together Alone. It was released as a single in February 1994 and was part of the soundtrack to the American film Reality Bites. In the UK, it was the most successful single from Together Alone, reaching No. 12. The single fared less well in Australia, where it peaked at No. 79 in June 1994. The cover artwork features the four members of Crowded House in a mirror image, including Mark Hart. It is the only cover that Hart has appeared on. 


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I been locked out
I been locked in
But I always seem to come back again
When you're in that room
What do you do
I know that I will have you in the end
And the clouds they are crying on you
And the birds are offering up their tunes
In a shack as remote as a mansion
You escape into a place where nothing moves
And I been locked out
And I know we're through
But I can't begin to face up to the truth
I wait so long for the walls to crack
But I know that I will one day have you back
And the hills are as soft as a pillow
And they cast a shadow on my bed
And the view when I look through my window
Is an altar piece I'm praying to for the living and the dead
Twin valley shines in the morning sun
I send a message out to my only one
I been locked out and I know we're through
But I can't begin to face up to the truth
I wait so long for the walls to crack
But I know that I will one day have you back
And I work with the bees and the honey
Every night I circle like the moon
It's an act of simple devotion
But it can take forever when you've got something to prove
I been locked out

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Crowded House

Crowded House are a pop rock band formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1985 by lead-vocalist and primary songwriter, New Zealand-born Neil Finn. The other founding members were Australians Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. Later band members included Neil's brother Tim Finn and Americans Mark Hart and Matt Sherrod. Crowded House are referred to as The Crowdies by Australian fans. more »

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10 facts about this song

Album Origin
"Locked Out" is a song by the Australian rock band, Crowded House. It appeared on the band's fourth studio album "Together Alone" which was released in 1993.
Chart Performance
The song was quite successful, particularly in the US, where it made number 12 on the Modern Rock chart.
"Locked Out" was written by Neil Finn, the lead vocalist of Crowded House. Finn is acclaimed for his profound lyrics that often encapsulate mundane situations in a profound manner.
Music Video
Notably, the music video for "Locked Out" was directed by Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson, who are better known for their work on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Movie Soundtrack
"Locked Out" also gained prominence for its inclusion in the soundtrack of the 1994 film "Reality Bites", directed by Ben Stiller and starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke.
Unique Tuning
For any musicians interested, Neil Finn has used non-standard guitar tuning for this song - specifically drop-D tuning.
Iconic Drum Track
The drum track in "Locked Out" is played by Paul Hester, whose unique approach on this song is considered one of his best performances in Crowded House.
Grammy Nomination
In 1995, the song was nominated for the Best Music Video, Short Form category at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Making of the Video
The filming of the music video took place at an abandoned mental asylum in New Zealand.
Lyrically, the song explores themes of isolation and frustration, with Neil Finn’s expressive vocals adding depth and poignancy to these feelings.

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