All Grown Up

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"I'm trouble" she said
Spread out on the floor of her father's house
Her promise was almost undone
Under her tongue, dissolving her responsibilities
To finally deny everyone with every unflattering comparison

(chorus):
All grown up
And you don't care anymore
And you hate all the people that you used to adore
And you despise all the rumours and lies of the life you led before

Did I hear you right?
You're feeling hounded and pushed around
You want to just lay down and die
If all of this life has been such a big disappointment to you
Why don't you stop blaming some guy
And go give the next one a try

(chorus)

But look at yourself
You'll see you're still so young
You haven't earned the weariness
That sounds so jaded on your tongue

"I'm weak" she says
And blesses herself and gets into bed
Clutching the covers to her throat
"So punish me now and let me go back to the sham of my life"
"This night is the perfect antidote for all of the poison that you wrote"

(chorus)

But look at yourself
You'll see you're still so young
You haven't earned the weariness
That sounds so jaded on your tongue

All Grown Up
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byMitchell Froom, Kevin Killen & D.P.A. MacManus
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Jim Keltner - drums
T-Bone Wolk - bass
Larry Knechtel - piano, Clavinet
James Burton - acoustic guitar
Marc Ribot - cornet, Eb horn
Mitchell Froom - Chamberlain, portative organ
Gavyn Wright - string leader
Fiachra Trench - orchestra conductor, string & woodwind arrangement
Recordedlate 1990-early 1991, Ocean Way, Hollywood & Westside Studios, London
ReleasedMay 10, 1991
AlbumsMighty Like A Rose, 1991
The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook, 2011
Length4:14

First known performance:
May 25, 1991, Santa Barbara, CA
Last known performance:
2017
     (22 known performances)


Alternate versions

All Grown Up (Home Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, all instruments
Recordedca. 1990, Elvis' home
ReleasedNovember 18, 2002
AlbumsMighty Like A Rose (Rhino reissue), 2002
Length4:32
Mighty Like A RoseMLAR album cover large.jpg

The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning SongbookThe Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook album cover.jpg

Covers

Tasmin Archer Shipbuilding  (EP) 1994 AllmusicAmazon
Tasmin Archer Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & RendezvousVarious Artists 1998 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
Tasmin Archer UK Elvis Costello (2002)(promo) 2002
Tasmin Archer UK Elvis Costello (2006)(promo) 2006
Michael Weston King They Call Her Natasha - live stage show in Liverpool and London (live show) 2011 due for release on CD in 2011

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