David Bowie – Conversation Piece box set artworkWritten by: David Bowie
Recorded: 1969/1970; July, October 2000
Producers: Mark Plati

Released: 15 November 2019

Available on:
Conversation Piece


David Bowie, George Underwood: vocals, guitar

David Bowie: vocals
Earl Slick: guitar
Mark Plati: guitar, keyboards
Mike Garson: piano, keyboards
Lisa Germano: recorder
Gail Ann Dorsey: bass guitar
Sterling Campbell: drums

A home demo of ‘Hole In The Ground’ was recorded by David Bowie and George Underwood in 1969 or early 1970, and re-recorded by Bowie in 2000 for the Toy album.

David Bowie’s handwritten lyrics for Hole In The Ground

According to Underwood, the song was under consideration for release as a single, with an instrumental version titled ‘Lump On The Hill’ on the b-side, but this never came to pass. The demo was issued in 2019 in the Conversation Piece box set.

‘Hole In The Ground’ was one of several old songs by Bowie to be recorded for the abandoned Toy project. The recording leaked online in 2011.