Broken

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If I am frightened, then I can hide it
If I am crying, I'll call it laughter
If I am haunted, I'll call it my imaginary friend
If I am bleeding, I'll call it wine

But if you leave me, then I am broken
And if I'm broken, then only death remains

If I am drifting, then I can fight it
If I am sinking, no one will know it
If I am blinded, I'll have my voices still to guide me
If they yet fled away, I'd bless the silence

But if you leave me, then I am broken
And if I'm broken, then only death remains

Broken
Written byCait O'Riordan
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byMitchell Froom, Kevin Killen & D.P.A. MacManus
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, piano, Chamberlain
Rob Wasserman - 6-string upright electric bass
Marc Ribot - electric guitar
Mitchell Froom - Chamberlain
Larry Knechtel - harmonium
Recordedlate 1990-early 1991, Ocean Way, Hollywood & Westside Studios, London
ReleasedMay 10, 1991
AlbumsMighty Like A Rose, 1991
Length3:36

Only known performance:
August 30, 1991, Hiroshima, Japan
     (1 known performance)


Alternate versions

Broken (Home Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, all instruments
Recordedca. 1990, Elvis' home
ReleasedNovember 18, 2002
AlbumsMighty Like A Rose (Rhino reissue), 2002
Length3:22
Mighty Like A RoseMLAR album cover large.jpg


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