“Strangely, this was never registered at the time but, judging from its placement amongst my other demos, this would have been from around 1996.
I seem to remember an original working title of “All This Useless Beauty”.
On discovering someone had been there before me (the splendid Elvis Costello), I came up with “Hope & Glory”.
It was considered for the “15 Minutes” album but didn’t make it, was rudely ignored when I put “To be Frank” together and was then forgotten about completely.”
‘Hope & Glory’ is climbing Mike Read’s ‘Heritage Chart’; the chart that takes your votes and makes them count!