From A Whisper To A Scream

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Oh it's not easy to resist temptation
Walking around looking like a figment of somebody else's imagination
Taking every word she says just like an open invitation
But the power of persuasion is no match for anticipation

Chorus:
Like a finger running down a seam
From a whisper to a scream
So I whisper and I scream
But don't get me wrong
Please don't leave me waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Hey

Oh oh oh oh oh

Oh, if the customers like it then they'll keep on paying
If they keep on drinking then they'll end up staying
I heard someone say where have we met before
But the one over the eight seem less like one and more like four

(Chorus)

From A Whisper To A Scream
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Guest vocalist: Glenn Tilbrook
Produced byNick Lowe in association with Roger Bechirian
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Glenn Tilbrook - vocals
Martin Belmont - guitar
Recorded1980, DJM Studios and/or Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 1981
AlbumsTrust, 1981
SinglesFrom A Whisper To A Scream, 1981
CollectionsSingles, Volume 2, 2003
Promos4 Tracks From The Trust LP, 1981
Punch The Clock, Trust & Get Happy!! Sampler, 2003
Length2:52

First known performance:
July 11, 1980, Orange, France
Last known performance:
June 30, 2013, Westport, Ireland
     (54 known performances)


Alternate versions

From A Whisper To A Scream (Alternate Version) (1979)
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, all instruments(?)
RecordedNovember 1979, U.K. Pro Studio, London
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsGet Happy!! (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Length2:29

From A Whisper To A Scream (Alternate Version) (1980)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe in association with Roger Bechirian
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJuly 1980, DJM Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsTrust (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Length3:24
TrustTrust album cover large.jpg

From A Whisper To A Scream singleFrom A Whisper To A Scream UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

From A Whisper To A Scream singleFrom A Whisper To A Scream Netherlands 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Singles, Volume 2Singles Volume 2 album cover.jpg

Get Happy!!GH album cover large.jpg

Covers

The Bottle Poets performed live, 5 July 2008, Gabe's, Highwood, IL, USA 2008 websiteYouTube
Clouseau Hoezo?sung in Flemish as "Gefluister En Geschreeuw" 1989 websitelinkDiscogs
Clouseau Live '91 (live version)  sung in Flemish as "Gefluister En Geschreeuw" 1991 websitelink
Clouseau Het Beste Vansung in Flemish as "Gefluister En Geschreeuw" 1993 websitelink
Parallax Project / John Brodeur performed live, 2002-08-10, Brilliant Mistakes tribute, Albany, NY 2002 info
Glenn Tilbrook performed live, 1997-2002 and 2012 1997 infoYouTubeYouTubeYouTube
Glenn Tilbrook / Joe Magurne performed live, 2007, Albany, NY 2007 Joe MagurneYouTube

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