Girls Talk

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There are some things you can't cover up with lipstick and powder
I thought I heard you mention my name, can't you talk any louder?
Don't come any closer, don't come any nearer
My vision of you can't get any clearer
Oh, i just want to hear girls talk
I got a loaded imagination being fired by girls talk
But I can't say the words you want to hear
I suppose you're going to have to play it by ear
Right here and now

Girls talk and they want to know how
Girls talk and they say it's not allowed
Girls talk, if they say that it's so
Don't you think that I know by now

That the word up on everyone's lips
Stick that you're dedicated
Though you may not be an old fashioned girl
You're still going to get dated
Was it really murder?
Were you just pretending?
Lately I have heard you are the living end

Girls talk and they wanna know about her
Girls talk, they wanna know if I care
Girls talk and they wanna know where
Girls talk girls talk

Girls Talk
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedOctober 1979, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 18, 1980
AlbumsGet Happy!! (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1994
Get Happy!! (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
SinglesI Can't Stand Up For Falling Down, 1980
CollectionsTaking Liberties, 1980
Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, 1980
Girls Girls Girls, 1989 (cassette only)
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
Rock And Roll Music, 2007
Various Artists collectionsThe Compact 2 Tone Story, 1993
Modern Rock: 1980-1981, 1999
PromosTimothy White's Rock Stars, 1989
Length1:55

First known performance:
November 3, 1978, Toronto, ON, Canada (early show)
Last known performance:
May 31, 2015, Birmingham, England
     (257 known performances)


Alternate versions

Girls Talk (Live 1979)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
John McFee - guitar
RecordedFebruary 16, 1979, Los Angeles, CA
ReleasedJuly 26, 2004
AlbumsAlmost Blue (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
Length1:44

Girls Talk (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedOctober 1979, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsGet Happy!! (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Length2:03
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down singleI Can't Stand Up For Falling Down UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

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Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers10BM album cover 280.jpg

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Luis Auserón Rubbish Garbage Junk Punk 2009 Amazon
Natalie Cortez Band performed live, Costello tribute, 2017-03-16, Harlow's, Sacramento, CA 2017 YouTube
Jac Dalton Jac Dalton (EP) 2003 website
Kris De Bruyne Neem Je Tijd - 16 CoversVarious Artists 1990 info
Kris De Bruyne 40 Jaar Songs 2008 website
Dave Edmunds Repeat When Necessary 1979 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
Dave Edmunds Sharp (16 Sharp New Rock Acts)Various Artists 1979 Discogs
Dave Edmunds Full BoarVarious Artists 1979 Discogs
Dave Edmunds Girls Talk7" single 1979 Discogs
Dave Edmunds The Best of Dave Edmunds 1981 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds I Hear You Rockin' 1987 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds Seventies GenerationVarious Artists 1992 AllmusicDiscogs
Dave Edmunds The Anthology (1968-1990) 1993 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Volume 2: Live From Montreux 1994 AllmusicAmazon
Dave Edmunds Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 1Various Artists 1994 AllmusicDiscogs
Dave Edmunds Chronicles (1968-1984) 1995 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds Rockin' 1997 Discogs
Dave Edmunds Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & RendezvousVarious Artists 1998 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
Dave Edmunds Champions of Rock-n-Roll, Vol. 1: Stud Rock - Heart BreakersVarious Artists 1998 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds The Seventies Hits To RememberVarious Artists 1998 Discogs
Dave Edmunds King Biscuit Flower Hour 1999 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds Caiga Quien Caiga - 40 Clásicos Originales Del RockVarious Artists 1999 Discogs
Dave Edmunds Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band: Anthology & 10 Year Anniversary 2000 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds New Wave Hits of the '70s & '80sVarious Artists 2001 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band: The AnthologyVarious Artists 2001 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds All The 70'sVarious Artists 2003 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds UK Elvis Costello (2002)  (promo) 2002
Dave Edmunds C'mon Everybody 2004 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds From Small Things: The Best of Dave Edmunds 2004 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds New Waves: 45 Original 45s From The Post Punk EraVarious Artists 2005 DiscogsAmazon
Dave Edmunds WDR 2 Yesterday: 1975-1979Various Artists 2008 AllmusicAmazon.uk
Dave Edmunds UK Elvis Costello (2006) (promo) 2006
Dave Edmunds The Many Sides of Dave Edmunds: The Greatest Hits 2008 Allmusic
Dave Edmunds 100 Hits: DadVarious Artists 2010 Allmusic
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Indigo Girls Purple Parrot bootleg (1985, Atlanta) 1985 link
Bill Janovitz unreleased recording 2008 infoMP3
The Knack Re-Zoom 2003 AllmusicAmazon
Kontra Åland7" single sung in Finnish as "Flipperirakastaja" 1980 info
Kontra Mieto Levy (CD re-issue) sung in Finnish as "Flipperirakastaja" 2005 Discogssecondhandsongsinfo
Jeff Lang performed live, 2011-10-07, Adelaide, South Australia 2011 Archive.org
Ben Lee Cigarettes Will Kill You7" single 1999 AllmusicAmazon
Ben Lee Never Mind The Originals, Here's The CoversVarious Artists 2002 AllmusicAmazon
The Living End Wake Up 2006 AllmusicAmazonYouTube
Aimee Mann Knitting Factory tribute, 2003-03-27 2003 info
Nadia Te LaatCD single  —  sung in Flemish 1994 infoYouTube
Montezuma's Revenge Montezuma's Revenge 1988 info
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003- OliversArmyBand
The Protones Protones infoinfo
The Protones Any Time, Any Wave Vol. 1+2 PlusVarious Artists 2005 info
Rockpile performed live
Tim Rogers performed live, 2012-06-31, Factory Theatre, Sydney, Australia 2012 setlist.fmthemusic.com.au
Linda Ronstadt Mad Love 1980 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
Linda Ronstadt performed live, 1980-03-25, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati 1980 uc.eduuc.edu
Tricia Scotti The Loser's Lounge Tribute to Elvis CostelloVarious Artists 2002 LosersLounge
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Superscope Girls Smile Girls Talk (Single) 2000 AllmusicAmazon
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Taiska Villi Vapaudenkaipuu sung in Finnish as "Anna Lämpösi Loistaa" 1980 Discogs
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Taiska Matkalla... sung in Finnish as "Anna Lämpösi Loistaa" 2009 Amazon
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