Dear Sweet Filthy World

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Dear sweet filthy world, my wife or whoever reads this,
I think that I've lived too long
With all of my promise unfulfilled
But there is a veil drawn over all of that

I know you'll probably say, "Spare us the melodrama"
"I don't know how he chose the pills or the stupid revolver"
I'm out of luck
I'm not that strong
My hands, your neck
I might have wrung

Don't try to find me
I'm not worth anything anymore
I am not leaving you with all of your problems
'Cause the biggest one is me
Life is dark and cold as the sea

Embrace me in my anguish
Put seaweed in my hair
And vow that you won't cry because I've gone
I can't go on, I can't go on, I can't go on
I must close now

Dear Sweet Filthy World
Words byDeclan MacManus, Ian Belton & Marina Thomas
Music byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
Produced byKevin Killen, Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
MusiciansElvis Costello - voice
Michael Thomas - violin
Ian Belton - violin
Paul Cassidy - viola
Jacqueline Thomas - violoncello
RecordedSeptember 14-October 1, 1992, Church Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 15, 1993
AlbumsThe Juliet Letters, 1993
Length4:16

First known performance:
July 1, 1992, London, England
Last known performance:
January 28, 1995, Guadalajara, Spain
     (14 known performances)


The Juliet LettersTJL album cover large.jpg

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Vittorio Matteucci and Quartetto Paul Klee performed live, October 2009, Centro Culturale Altinate, San Gaetano, Padova, Italy 2009 infoVittorio MatteucciQuartetto Paul Klee
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Drew Sarich and The Dead Poet Quartet performed Live, April 2010, Vienna and Salzburg, Austria 2010 YouTubewikipedia
Tomer Sharon & the Israel Contemporary String Quartet performed live, 18-21 February 2007, Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver, Canada 2007 websiteYouTubeimdb.com
Sol String Quartet with Paul Villaluz performed live, 6 December 2008, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas 2008 YouTubeLas Vegas Sun review

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