Walking on Broken Glass

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"Walking on Broken Glass"
Walking on Broken Glass.jpg
Single by Annie Lennox
from the album Diva
B-side
Released22 August 1992
Format
Recorded1992
GenrePop
Length4:12 (album version)
3:58 (single mix)
LabelBMG, Arista
Songwriter(s)Annie Lennox
Producer(s)Stephen Lipson
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Precious"
(1992)
"Walking on Broken Glass"
(1992)
"Cold"
(1992)

"Walking on Broken Glass" is a song written and performed by Scottish singer Annie Lennox, taken from her 1992 album, Diva. The song reached #1 in Canada, #8 in the United Kingdom and Ireland and #14 in the United States singles charts.

Music video[edit]

A screenshot from the "Walking on Broken Glass" music video

Directed by Sophie Muller, the music video is based in part on the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, and on period films dealing with the late 18th century, such as Amadeus. John Malkovich, who starred in the former film, is joined by Hugh Laurie, in garb similar to the 18th century dress he wore to play Prince George, The Prince Regent from Blackadder the Third.[1]

The setting of the video is that of a salon evening at Prince George's Carlton House, and is meant to represent an assembly of nobles and notables for an evening of society, gambling and dancing, the highlight of which is the arrival and feting of the newlyweds, the groom of which is played by Malkovich.

Lennox's character is striking in her somewhat unusual dress (a royal red in an environment dominated by white, a stage costuming technique designed to draw significant attention to her), and in wearing a 'Turkish' headdress hat in an environment dominated by wigs of the period. Lennox's character displays significant pique, as she is emotionally wounded by the appearance of her former lover on the arm of his new bride.

Throughout the video, she tries to communicate the conflicting emotions of jealousy, continued desire, and anger towards this man who still clearly holds her heart. In the process, she spurns the previously welcome advances of the Prince Regent (Laurie), and repels him, to his embarrassment. Lennox's character consumes glass after glass of champagne and grows ever more agitated, until she finally throws herself at Malkovich's character, to the shock and amusement of the partygoers. Lennox's character, furious and realizing that she has made a fool of herself, flees the party, only to be swept into Malkovich's arms when she reaches the foot of the stairs.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Walking on Broken Glass" (single version) (4:03)
  2. "It's Alright (Baby's Coming Back)" (4:18)
  3. "River Deep, Mountain High" (3:33)
  4. "Here Comes the Rain Again" (4:44)
  5. "Walking on Broken Glass" (3:50)

Tracks 2-5 were recorded for MTV Unplugged in July 1992.

UK CD single
  1. "Walking On Broken Glass" (Single Version) (4:03)
  2. "Legend In My Living Room" (3:45)
  3. "Don't Let Me Down" (Lennon/McCartney)* (3:49)
  • Non-album studio track

Personnel[edit]

  • Engineer - Heff Moraes
  • Producer - Stephen Lipson
  • Written by - Annie Lennox

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard 7 Dec 2002 Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2011
  2. ^ Ryan Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
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  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1863." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 1874." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Annie Lennox". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Notowanie nr557" (in Polish). LP3. 23 October 1992. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Annie Lennox Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  18. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1992" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 56 no. 25. 19 December 1992. p. 8. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 April 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Walking on Broken Glass in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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