Can You Be True?

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Can you be true?
Can this possibly be real?
I knew quite suddenly
Do you sense how I feel?
I long to hear you whisper my name
'Til you tell me
"My Darling, you may be my man."

There will be days when you must go from my sight
There may be nights when clouds deny us starlight
Only time will tell us
I hope that it speaks gently if it isn't meant to be
Then again
By then we might not be listening so attentively

I will be there
If the days bring torments and trials
To close the distances only measured in miles
I long to hold you all through the night
And to tell you
"My Darling, you make everything seem right"
And then I'll hear you calling in my name
And I'll answer
"My Darling, I may be your man"

Can You Be True?
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello & Kevin Killen
Arranged byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Steve Nieve - piano
Peter Erskine - drums
Michael Formanek - bass
Bill Ware - vibraphone
Pamela Sklar - alto flute
John Moses - clarinet
Roger Rosenberg - bass clarinet
Dave Mann - alto sax
Andy Snitzer - tenor sax
Bobby Routch - French horn
Bob Carlisle - French horn
Lew Soloff - flugelhorn
Conrad Herwig - tenor trombone
RecordedApril-May 2003, Nola Studios and/or Avatar Studios, New York
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2003
AlbumsNorth, 2003
PromosEither Side Of The Same Town Sampler, 2010
Length3:45

First known performance:
July 21, 2003, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Last known performance:
September 6, 2006, Amsterdam, Netherlands
     (37 known performances)


Alternate versions

Can You Be True? (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello with The Metropole Orkest
Produced byGert-Jan van den Dolder
Arranged byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
The Metropole Orkest
Vince Mendoza - conductor
RecordedJuly 9, 2004, The Hague, Netherlands
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2006
AlbumsMy Flame Burns Blue, 2006
Length3:56
NorthNorth album cover large.jpg
My Flame Burns BlueMy Flame Burns Blue album cover.jpg

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