Come Away, Death

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Come away, come away, death
And in sad cypress let me be laid
Fie away, fie away, breath!
I am slain by a fair cruel maid
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew
Oh, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true did share it
Come away, come away, death

Not a flower, not a flower sweet
On my black coffin let there be strewn
Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown
A thousand thousand sighs to save, lay me, oh, where
Sad true lover never find my grave to weep there
Come away, come away, death

Come Away, Death
Words byWilliam Shakespeare
Music byJohn Harle
Performed byJohn Harle featuring Elvis Costello
Produced byJohn Harle
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
John Harle - saxophones, keyboards
Steve Lodder - keyboards, chamber organ
Mitch Dalton - guitars
Roy Babbington - double bass
John Harle Band
Balenescu Quartet
RecordedNovember 3-4, 1995, Abbey Road (Studio 3), London
ReleasedAugust 25, 1996
AlbumsJohn Harle - Terror And Magnificence, 1996
The Juliet Letters (Rhino reissue), 2006
SoundtracksSongs From A History Of Britain, 2001
Length4:27

First known performance:
October 19, 1996, Aberdeen, Scotland
Last known performance:
November 9, 1996, London, England
     (5 known performances)


John Harle: Terror And MagnificenceJohn Harle Terror And Magnificence album cover.jpg

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