Empty Souls

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"Empty Souls"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Lifeblood
Released 10 January 2005
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:09
Label Epic
Writer(s) Nicky Wire, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore
Producer(s) Greg Haver
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"The Love of Richard Nixon"
"Empty Souls"

"Empty Souls" is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released in 2005 by record label Epic as the second and final single taken from their seventh studio album, Lifeblood.


"Empty Souls" is said to be the political response from the band in relation to the September 11 attacks.[citation needed]

The single edit features a lyric that was changed from the album version. The chorus line on the album version runs "collapsing like the Twin Towers", but for the single it was changed to "collapsing like dying flowers". The backing vocals can still be heard to sing the original line, although this may have been kept in by mistake.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song sees the band separated throughout, only to meet up at the end after treks through various parts of Berlin, Germany.[citation needed]


"Empty Souls" was released on 10 January 2005 by record label Epic as the second and final single from the band's seventh studio album, Lifeblood. The single reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] missing out on becoming the 1,000th number 1 in UK chart history to the latest in a series of Elvis number 1 single re-issues making the top of the charts at the time.[citation needed]

The DVD version of the single features two new songs which are both sung entirely by the band's bassist, Nicky Wire. The music for "Dying Breeds" is also entirely written by him, and the music for "Failure Bound" is the track "No Jubilees" played backwards. The video for "Dying Breeds" was directed by Wire's brother Patrick Jones, who made similar short videos for album tracks such as "1985".[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "Empty Souls (single version)" – 4:09
  2. "All Alone Here" – 3:16
CD single 2
  1. "Empty Souls (album version)" – 4:09
  2. "No Jubilees" – 3:42
  3. "Litany" – 3:29
  4. "Empty Souls" (video)
  1. "Empty Souls" (video)
  2. "Dying Breeds" (video) – 3:59
  3. "Failure Bound" – 2:53


Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Chart 2[1]
UK chart performance
UK Top 40
Week 01 02


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