Expert Rites

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I marvel at the wonder of it in our souless age
Fast flow the tears upon the page
Don't be alarmed, I am her friend
Will I be excused if I presume
As it's more than disappointment that we share
We share the same sorry life, the families fight
That unhappy blade you both invite
This romantic ideal has a lonely appeal

I once loved someone the way that you do
But I had to let her go
I lived with my regret
Don't despair, my would-be Juliet

Expert Rites
Words byDeclan MacManus
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 - violin cello
RecordedSeptember 14-October 1, 1992, Church Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 15, 1993
AlbumsThe Juliet Letters, 1993

First known performance:
July 1, 1992, London, England
Last known performance:
January 20, 2006, Sydney, Australia
     (15 known performances)

The Juliet LettersThe Juliet Letters album cover.jpg


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