Ascension Day

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Not a soul was stirring
Not a bird was singing, at least not within my hearing
I was five minutes past caring
Standing in the road just staring

Thought I heard somebody pleading
I thought I heard someone apologise
Some fell down weeping
Others shook their fists up at the skies
And those who were left
Seemed to be wearing disguises

Now there's a queen in waiting
Not enough loving and too much hating
For the prince hidden within her man
Always seems to be hesitating

He said, "Let her go, let her go, God bless her"
"She hasn't been gone long enough for me to miss her"
"Except every minute of every hour of every day when I wish I could possess her"

40 days passed by
40 alibis
So carry on... that way
And in time... you'll pay
But we'll all be together
Come Ascension Day

Not a hound was howling
Or whimpering or prowling
Now the wind had departed
Not a leaf was hanging on the tree like when it started

But I know they will return
Like they've never gone away
Come Ascension Day

Ascension Day
Words byElvis Costello
Music byRoy Byrd & Allen Toussaint
Performed byElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
Produced byJoe Henry
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Allen Toussaint - piano
RecordedNovember 27 - December 10, 2005, Sunset Sound, Hollywood, and/or Piety Street Recorders, New Orleans
ReleasedMay 27, 2006
AlbumsThe River In Reverse, 2006
CollectionsPomp & Pout: The Universal Years, 2010
Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album, 2015
Length4:16

First known performance:
February 20, 2006, New York, NY
Last known performance:
March 12, 2017, Antwerp, Belgium
     (176 known performances)


The River In Reverse2006 The River In Reverse Album small.jpg

Pomp & Pout: The Universal YearsPomp & Pout The Universal Years album cover.jpg

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack AlbumUnfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album album cover.jpg

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