Hallowed Ground (Violent Femmes album)

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Hallowed Ground
Studio album by Violent Femmes
Released June 1984
Recorded Secret Sound Studio, NYC, January, 1984
Genre Folk punk
Alternative rock
Length 38:57
Label Slash Records/Rhino
Producer Mark Van Hecke
Violent Femmes chronology
Violent Femmes
Hallowed Ground
The Blind Leading the Naked
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 starslink

Hallowed Ground is the second album by the Violent Femmes, released in June 1984. Like the band's first album, the songs on Hallowed Ground were mostly written by singer/guitarist/lyricist Gordon Gano when he was in high school. "Country Death Song", for example, was based on a true story from an 1862 news article about a man who intentionally threw his daughter into a well and then hanged himself in his barn. It was written by Gano during his 10th grade study hall. The Christian-related lyrics on Hallowed Ground were thought by some to be sarcastic, but Gano is a devout Christian. The other two Femmes were atheists, and initially refused to perform those songs, but after their debut had been recorded, they relented and several of Gano's religion-themed songs were recorded for Hallowed Ground.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gordon Gano. 

No. Title Length
1. "Country Death Song"   5:02
2. "I Hear The Rain"   1:32
3. "Never Tell"   7:10
4. "Jesus Walking On The Water"   3:07
5. "I Know It’s True But I’m Sorry To Say"   5:05
6. "Hallowed Ground"   4:18
7. "Sweet Misery Blues"   2:51
8. "Black Girls"   5:41
9. "It’s Gonna Rain"   4:11


Violent Femmes[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Mark Van Hecke - piano on Hallowed Ground and It's Gonna Rain, organ on I Know That It's True But I'm Sorry To Say
  • Tony Trischka - banjo on Country Death Song and It's Gonna Rain
  • Christina Houghton - autoharp on Jesus Walking On The Water
  • Peter Balestrieri - vocals on Jesus Walking On The Water, saxophone on Black Girls, harmonica on It's Gonna Rain
  • Cynthia Gano Lewis - vocals on Jesus Walking On The Water
  • Drake Scott - cornetto on Black Girls, sackbut on Sweet Misery Blues
  • John Zorn - alto saxophone, clarinet & game calls on Black Girls
  • John Tanner - clarinet on Sweet Misery Blues


  • Producer - Mark Van Hecke
  • Engineers - John Tanner, Warren Bruleigh



Chart Entry
Weeks charted
ARIA Charts[1] June 4, 1984 56 11


  1. ^ Kent, David (compiler); Australian Chart Book 1970-1992: 23 Years of Hit Singles and Albums from the Top 100 Charts; p. 330 ISBN 9780646119175