Country Darkness

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This tattered document
A mystery you can solve
Some burnt out filament
Flies buzzing around the bulb

Country Darkness

He thought of traveling
Heard an approaching train
Drown out his desperate pulse
A song with no refrain

Country Darkness

She daydreams of forbidden sins
There must be something more
The prison she lives in
The one with the open door

A veil is covering
A glistening cruel blade
Suffer little children
Repent, unfaithful maid

Country Darkness

She daydreams of forbidden sins
There must be something more
The prison she lives in
The one with the open door

A veil is covering
A glistening cruel blade
Suffer little children
Repent, unfaithful maid

Country Darkness

Country Darkness
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced byDennis Herring & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, Gibson Super 400 guitar, Wurlitzer piano
Steve Nieve - upright piano, Hammond organ
Davey Faragher - Fender Precision bass, backing vocals
Pete Thomas - drums
John McFee - pedal steel guitar
RecordedApril 2004, Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS
John McFee recorded at Village Recorders, Los Angeles
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2004
AlbumsThe Delivery Man, 2004
Length3:56

First known performance:
March 7, 2004, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Last known performance:
July 23, 2015, Madison, WI
     (161 known performances)


Alternate versions

Country Darkness (The Clarksdale Sessions version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced byDennis Herring & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass, backing vocal
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedApril 15, 2004, Delta Recording, Clarksdale, MS
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2005
AlbumsThe Clarksdale Sessions, 2005
The Delivery Man (Deluxe Edition), 2005
Length4:21

Country Darkness (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass, backing vocal
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 17, 2004, Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN - either early or late show
ReleasedApril 19, 2005
VideosClub Date: Live In Memphis, 2005
The Delivery ManTdm.jpg

The Delivery ManThe Delivery Man Deluxe Edition album cover.jpg

The Clarksdale SessionsTCS.jpg

Club Date: Live In MemphisClub Date Live In Memphis dvd cover.jpg

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