Emma

Album: Every 1's a Winner: The Very Best of Hot Chocolate (1974)
Charted: 3 8
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  • We were together since we were five
    She was so pretty
    Emma was a star in everyone's eyes
    And when she said she'd be a movie queen
    Nobody laughed
    A face like an angel
    She could be anything

    Emmaline
    Emma, Emmaline
    I'm gonna write your name high on that silver screen
    Emmaline
    Emma, Emmaline
    I'm gonna make you the biggest star this world has ever seen

    At seventeen we were wed
    I'd work day and night
    To earn our daily bread
    And every day Emma would go out

    Searching for that play
    That never, ever came her way
    You know sometimes she'd come home
    So depressed

    I'd hear her crying in the back room
    Feel so distressed
    And I'd remember back when she was five
    To the words that used to make
    Emmaline come alive

    It was :
    "Emmaline,
    Emma, Emmaline,
    I'm gonna write your name high on that silver screen.
    Emmaline,
    Emma, Emmaline
    I'm gonna make you the biggest star this world has ever seen."

    It was a cold and dark December night
    When I opened up the bedroom door
    To find her lying still and cold
    Upon the bed
    A love letter lying on the bedroom floor

    It read :
    "Darling I love you,
    But I just can't keep on living on dreams no more.
    I tried so very hard not to leave you alone.
    I just can't keep on trying no more."

    Emmaline ...
    Aaargh, Emmaline ...
    Aaargh ...
    Emma, Emmaline ...
    Aaargh ...
    Emma, Emmaline ... Writer/s: ANTHONY (GB 1) WILSON, ERROL AINSWORTH GLENSTOR BROWN
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Cathy from Sacramento CaSings with so much emotion. Thought maybe he was singing about a lost love of his.
  • Alex from U.k.Errol Brown released a follow up solo single in 1992 entitled "Emmalene" in which he is still grieving the loss of his childhood sweetheart
  • Kf from UkAmazing song that would have been a terrible loss if it hadn't been released. Errol shows such passion when singing it....
  • Sherry from Westlake, LouisianaIt’s ironic, just heard a Very Sad Storie about a girl in the early 1900, she was made to go to work @13, pregnant at 14.
    Through no fault of her own. Gets much deeper...Her Name Was EMMALINE!
  • Charlie from Boston, Ma@Dan from Cheektowaga - Both Paperlace AND Bo Donaldson recorded that song.
  • Dan from Cheektowaga, NyBilly Don't Be a Hero is by Bo Donaldson and the Haywood's.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyErrol Brown, lead singer of Hot Chocolate, died of liver cancer on May 6th, 2015. He was 71.
  • Barry Marino from Chalmette, LaWhen I first heard this back in the seventies, I didn't understand depression. Emmaline would have committed suicide if her career had been successful. She could no longer live with the deafening sadness any longer. More than 350 people suffer from depression worldwide. 3.4% will commit suicide. Disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina caused about half of the cases of clinical depression in the past decade. If you think that you may be suffering from this condition, get help immediately!
  • Rose from Gisborne, New ZealandIt refers to Emma & Emmaline, not Emily.
  • Jez from London, United KingdomWhen this song peaked at UK #3 on 6/4/74, it was kept from the top by two other famous 'death discs' - Paper Lace's 'Billy Don't Be a Hero' at #2 and Terry Jacks's 'Seasons in the Sun' at #1. Perhaps the only occasion this has happened in the UK charts?
  • Karen from Manchester, NhIt was "Emmaline", not "Emily".
  • Zabadak from London, EnglandIn the lyrics, the girl is referred to as both Emma and Emily.
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