Hello Again

Neil Diamond

About Hello Again

"Hello Again" is a song written by Neil Diamond and Alan Lindgren that appeared in the 1980 movie The Jazz Singer and was performed by Diamond on the soundtrack album to the film. It was also released as a single and reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Billboard also ranked as the 70th top pop single for 1981. It performed less well in the UK, reaching only #51. It has been covered by several artists and orchestras, including Celtic Thunder, Donny Osmond and Steve Cherelle. "Hello Again" was described by Neil Diamond biographer Laura Jackson as a "slow tender ballad." Allmusic critic Johnny Loftus considers it Diamond's "signature late-career ballad." Author T. Mike Childs rated it as a "terrific" ballad. Movie reviewer Joe Peacock described "Hello Again" as being "keenly affecting to the emotions." Billboard Magazine critic Vicki Pipkin claims that Diamond's performance of the song in The Jazz Singer is "poignant." Pittsburgh Press music editor Carl Apone claimed that Diamond was at his best in The Jazz Singer in the songs "Hello Again" and "Love on the Rocks."This song was featured in Saving Silverman. 


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Hello, again, hello
Just called to say hello
I couldn't sleep at all tonight
And I know it's late
I couldn't wait

Hello, my friend, hello
Just called to let you know
I think about you every night
When I'm here alone
And you're there at home

Maybe it's been crazy
And maybe I'm to blame
But I put my heart above my head
We've been through it all and you love me just the same
And when your not there
I just need to hear

Hello, my friend, hello
It's good to need you so
It's good to love you like I do
And I feel this way when I hear you say

Hello, my friend, hello
Just called to let you know
I think about you every night
And I know it's late but I could't wait

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Neil Diamond

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades from the 1960s until the present. As of 2001, Diamond had sold over 115 million records worldwide including 48 million in the United States alone. He is considered to be the third most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard chart behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres. more »

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13 facts about this song

Artist Related
"Hello Again" is a song by Neil Diamond, an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor.
Chart Performance
The song was a big hit in 1981, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
Album Information
The song was taken from Neil Diamond's album "The Jazz Singer," which served as the soundtrack for the movie of the same name.
Movie Involvement
In the version of "The Jazz Singer" were Neil Diamond starred, "Hello Again" was one of the major song performances, increasing its popularity.
"Hello Again" was written by Neil Diamond and Alan Lindgren. Lindgren was a long-time member of Diamond's band and helped co-write various songs.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by many other artists over the years, including Steve Cherelle and Donny Osmond.
The lyrics of "Hello Again" are about someone longing to reconnect with a former lover, expressing regret and a desire to start over.
Live Performance
"Hello Again" is often included in Neil Diamond's live performances and tours.
Chart Success
In the UK, "Hello Again" reached #51 on the UK Singles Chart.
Song Popularity
Despite being released over 40 years ago, "Hello Again" stays popular and receives considerable radio airplay.
Singing Style
Known for Neil Diamond's emotional delivery, "Hello Again" perfectly exemplifies his distinctive vocal style.
Record Label
The song was released under the Capitol Records label.
Since its release, "Hello Again" has become one of Neil Diamond's signature songs.

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    I have zero context of this song but my interpretation bc of tone is it’s a song where a man has already lost the love of his life but calls her incessantly as a friend. She’s past him for the parts of how the future must be. He says I’m here alone and you’re there at home...she’s in a more comfortable part of her life...but he hadn’t moved on. She either cares enough to listen again or it goes to her voice mail ( answering machine ) but certainly not enough to warrant someone using words like love, need, and think about you every night. It’s why he crafts it as “hello my friend hello, just called to let you know, I think about you every night..and I know it’s late ( important )..,and I couldn’t wait...( important )...hello.” It’s sad one sided love and recovery of the loss of it. The worst part for him is when he says “we’ve been through it all and you love me just the same, when you’re not there, I just need to hear....hello...my friend....”

    My friend. Just need to hear you. It’s why i don’t think she answers or she doesn’t say anything on the phone.

    And it’s hard to let go of and it makes you crazy enough to keep pecking at someone that is already moved on further than you have.
    LikeReply 32 years ago


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