Everyday I Write The Book

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Don't tell me you don't know what love is
When you're old enough to know better
When you find strange hands in your sweater
When your dreamboat turns out to be a footnote
I'm a man with a mission in two or three editions

And I'm giving you a longing look
Everyday, everyday, everyday
Everyday I write the book

Chapter One - we didn't really get along
Chapter Two - I think I fell in love with you
You said you'd stand by me in the middle of Chapter Three
But you were up to your old tricks in Chapters Four, Five and Six

And I'm giving you a longing look
Everyday, everyday, everyday
Everyday I write the book

The way you walk
The way you talk, and try to kiss me, and laugh
In four or five paragraphs
All your compliments and your cutting remarks
Are captured here in my quotation marks

And I'm giving you a longing look
Everyday, everyday, everyday
Everyday I write the book
Everyday I write the book

Don't tell me you don't know the difference
Between a lover and a fighter
With my pen and my electric typewriter
Even in a perfect world where everyone was equal
I'd still own the film rights and be working on the sequel

And I'm giving you a longing look
Everyday, everyday, everyday
Everyday I write the book

Everyday I Write The Book
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions (with Afrodiziak)
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Caron Wheeler - backing vocals
Claudia Fontaine - backing vocals
RecordedJanuary-April 1983, AIR Studios, London
ReleasedJune 1983
AlbumsPunch The Clock, 1983
SinglesEveryday I Write The Book, 1983
CollectionsThe Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello), 1985
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 3, 2003
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
SoundtracksThe Wedding Singer, 1998
The Wedding Singer Vol. 1, 1998
Various Artists collectionsStudio Brussel: Torhout - Werchter: 20 ~ 1977-1996, 1996
Before X, 1997
Video Hits: Past Hits, Volume 1, 1997
Tempted - A Collection Of Mellow 80s Classics, 2000
The Very Best Of The Tube, 2002
Alternative Eighties, 2002
Singers And Songwriters: 1980-1986, 2002
PromosWhy Study?, 1983
Timothy White's Rock Stars, 1989
Punch The World, 1995
UK Elvis Costello, 2002
Either Side Of The Same Town Sampler, 2010
VideosMTV 20: Pop, 2001
The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length3:52


Alternate versions

Everyday I Write The Book (Live 1982)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedDecember 24, 1982, London, England
AlbumsPunch The Clock (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1995
PromosPunch The Clock, Trust & Get Happy!! Sampler, 2003
Length2:21

Everyday I Write The Book (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJanuary-April 1983, AIR Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsPunch The Clock (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Length2:20

Everyday I Write The Book (Extended Mix)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions (with Afrodiziak)
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
ReleasedJuly 1983
SinglesEveryday I Write The Book, 1983
CollectionsSingles, Volume 3, 2003
Length4:55

Everyday I Write The Book (Special Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions (with Afrodiziak)
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
ReleasedAugust 1983
SinglesEveryday I Write The Book, 1983
CollectionsSingles, Volume 3, 2003
Length5:05

Everyday I Write The Book (Instrumental)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions (with Afrodiziak)
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
ReleasedAugust 1983
SinglesEveryday I Write The Book, 1983
CollectionsSingles, Volume 3, 2003
Length3:41
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The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

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The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg

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