Brilliant Disguise

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I hold you in my arms, there's a band playing
What are those words whispered, baby, just as you turn away?
Well I saw you last night out on the edge of town
I wanna read your mind and know just what I got in this new thing I found
So tell me what I see when I look into your eyes
Is that you, baby, or just a brilliant disguise?

I heard someone call your name underneath my willow
I saw something tucked in shame underneath your pillow
Well I tried so hard, baby, but I just can't see
What a woman like you is doing with me
So tell me who I see when I look into your eyes
Is that you, baby, or just a brilliant disguise?

Now look at me, baby, struggling to do everything right
And then it all falls apart when out go the lights
I'm just a lonely pilgrim, I walk this world in wealth
I wanna know it's you I don't trust 'cause I damn sure don't trust myself

Now you play the lovin' woman, I play the faithful man
Just don't look too close into the palm of my hand
When we stood at the altar, the gypsy swore our future looked right
But in the wee, wee hours, maybe baby, the gypsy lied
So when you look at me, you better look hard and look twice
Is that me, baby, or just a brilliant disguise?

Tonight our bed is cold, I'm lost in the darkness of our love
God have mercy on a man who doubts what he's sure of

Brilliant Disguise
Written byBruce Springsteen
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar, piano
Paul "Bassman" Riley - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedOctober 2, 1992, Pete Thomas' Studio, London
ReleasedApril 29, 1996
AlbumsKojak Variety (Rhino/Edsel edition), 2004
SinglesIt's Time, 1996
Various Artists collectionsLight Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen, 2003
PromosSelections From Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, Kojak Variety, 2004
Length4:00

First known performance:
May 26, 1996, East Hampton, NY
Last known performance:
March 1, 2012, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
     (6 known performances)


It's Time singleIt's Time UK CD single front insert.jpg

Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce SpringsteenLight of Day A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen album cover.jpg

Kojak VarietyKV album cover large.jpg


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