(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes

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Oh I used to be disgusted
and now I try to be amused.
But since their wings have got rusted,
you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain,
that's when I knew that I could not refuse.
And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

I was watching while you're dancing away.
Our love got fractured in the echo and sway.
How come everybody wants to be your friend?
You know that it still hurts me just to say it.

Oh, I know that she's disgusted (oh why's that)
Cause she's feeling so abused. (oh that's too bad)
She gets tired of the lust, (oh I'm so sad)
but it's so hard to refuse.
How can you say that I'm too old,
when the angels have stolen my red shoes.

Oh, I said "I'm so happy, I could die."
She said "Drop dead," then left with another guy.
That's what you get if you go chasing after vengeance.
Ever since you got me punctured this has been my sentence.
Oh I used to be disgusted
and now I try to be amused.
But since their wings have got rusted,
you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
Red shoes, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
John McFee - guitar
Sean Hopper - keyboards, backing vocals
Johnny Ciambotti - bass, backing vocals
Mickey Shine - drums
Nick Lowe - backing vocals
Recordedlate 1976-early 1977, Pathway Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 7, 1977
AlbumsMy Aim Is True, 1977
Viva England, 1982 (Spain)
Singles(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes, 1977
CollectionsStiff Box Set No. 2, 1981
The Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
Girls Girls Girls, 1989
2½ Years, 1993
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
Various Artists collectionsClassic Rock 1973-1979, 1997
Ein Jahr Und Seine 20 Songs - 1977, 2005
Promos4 Track Sampler From My Aim Is True, 1977 (Australia)
Excerpts From Stiff's Greatest Hits, 1978 (excerpt only)
Our Aim Is True, 1978
Selections From My Aim Is True, Spike, And All This Useless Beauty, 2001
Length2:48

First known performance:
May 27, 1977, London, England
Last known performance:
March 15, 2017, Utrecht, Netherlands
     (881 known performances, 2 as a snippet)


Alternate versions

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Pathway Studios Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Recordedlate 1976, Pathway Studios, London
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2007
AlbumsMy Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition, 2007
Length2:03

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Live 1977)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust 7, 1977, London, England
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2007
AlbumsMy Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition, 2007
Length2:57

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Live 1978)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedFebruary 28, 1978, Washington, DC
ReleasedMarch 4, 2008
AlbumsThis Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
Length2:35

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Live 1996 - Chicago)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedMay 18, 1996, Chicago, IL
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2008
AlbumsONXRT: Live From The Archives Vol. 11, 2008
Length2:43

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes (Live 1996 - Boston)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedMay 20, 1996, Boston, MA
ReleasedDecember 3, 1996
AlbumsCostello & Nieve, 1996
PromosLive At The Paradise, Boston, 1996
Length2:49


see also: A Monster Went And Ate My Red Two

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2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

Costello & NieveCostello & Nieve album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg

This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg

ONXRT: Live From The Archives Vol. 11ONXRT Live From The Archives Vol. 11 album cover.jpg

Covers

29 Palms MP3 info needed
Jason Berk Live At High St. Station 2011 Bandcamp.com
Jason Berk [[Acoustic - Live 2013]] 2013 Bandcamp.com
Bonnie Brett The Elvis Costello Songbook 2003
Alex Call - with The Long Players performed live, 2006-01-13, My Aim Is True tribute show, Nashville 2006 Long PlayersMy Aim Is True tribute show
Lou Dalgleish performed live info needed
Fitz Of Depression Pissbutt  7" single 1995 linkDiscogs
Glim Drooper performed live, 2012-01-06, Philadelphia, PA 2012 YouTube
Ron Hawkins performed live link
Hem Almost You: The Songs Of Elvis CostelloVarious Artists 2003 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
Hem I'm Talking With My Mouth(EP) 2003 AllmusicAmazon
Hem performed live, 2003-08-03, Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco 2003 link
Hem UK Elvis Costello (2006)  (promo) 2006
Jennifer Love Hewitt Party Of Five, 1996-02-07  episode 2-16, Comings And Goings 1996 YouTubeMP3info
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003 - OliversArmyBand
Oliver's Army (San Diego EC cover band) MP3 info needed
Don Pollard Covered 2007 AllmusicAmazon
Joseph Scalero MP3 info needed
The Sidekicks The Sidekicks​/​Tigers Jaw (split EP) 2011 Bandcamp
Patrik Tanner A Tribute To Elvis Costello 2004 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
Tet Offensive performed live, 2003-06-, CBGB's Gallery, New York 2003 YouTube
Tet Offensive performed live, 2010-11-10, Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT. 2010 YouTube
Two Tons of Steel Transparent 2003 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk

Chords

Tabbed by William Vaughan 

Intro  E   A   E   Esus4

E
Oh I used to be disgusted

          G#m
and now I try to be amused.

                E
But since their wings have got rusted, 

              A            B           E    
you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

e   f#    g#  A                               E
But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain,

              A                     E
that's when I knew that I could not refuse.

            B                      A                        E   Esus4 E
And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.



A                           B       E
I was watching while you're dancing away.

B                             A        E
Our love got fractured in the echo and sway.

A                           B       E
How come everybody wants to be your friend?

G#m                                     B
You know that it still hurts me just to say it.


E
Oh, I know that she's disgusted (oh why's that)

            G#m
Cause she's feeling so abused. (oh that's too bad)

         E
She gets tired of the lust, (oh I'm so sad)

            B
but it's so hard to refuse.

            A
How can you say that I'm too old,

         E           B      A       E     E Esus4 E
when the angels have stolen my red shoes.


A                         B       E
Oh, I said "I'm so happy, I could die."

B                               A            E
She said "Drop dead," then left with another guy.

A                             B              E
That's what you get if you go chasing after vengeance.

G#m                                  B
Ever since you got me punctured this has been my sentence.

*same as first four lines in first stanza and repeat on the chords for extra lines*
Oh I used to be disgusted
and now I try to be amused.
But since their wings have got rusted,
you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
Red shoes, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
Tabbed by Michael P McCullough

Intro  

E   B   E   B E

E                                    G#m
Oh I used to be disgusted, and now I try to be amused.
                E7
But since their wings have got rusted,
              A            B           E    
you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
              A                                  E
But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain,
              A                     E
that's when I knew that I could not refuse.
            B                      A            B           A      E
And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
     A                            B        E
Oh,   I was watching while you're dancing away.
B                             A        E
Our love got fractured in the echo and sway.
A                           B       E
How come everybody wants to be your friend?
    G#m                                 B
You know that it still hurts me just to say it.
      E
Oh, I know that she's disgusted (oh why's that)
            G#m
Cause she's feeling so abused. (oh that's too bad)
         A
She gets tired of the lust, (oh I'm so sad)
           B
but it's so hard to refuse.
            A
How can you say that I'm too old,
         E           B             A       E   
when the angels have stolen my red shoes.
    A                     B       E
Oh, I said "I'm so happy, I could die."
B                                      A     E
She said "Drop dead," then left with another guy.
A                             B              E
That's what you get if you go chasing after vengeance.
     G#m                                         B
Ever since you got me punctured this has been my sentence.
E                                    G#m
Oh I used to be disgusted, and now I try to be amused.
                E7
But since their wings have got rusted,
              A            B           E    
you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
              A                                  E
But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain,
              A                     E
that's when I knew that I could not refuse.
            B                      A            B           A      E
And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.
A              E                          A                    E
Red shoes, the angels want to wear my red shoes Red shoes, the angels
want to wear my red (A)shoes  (and so on)

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