He'll Have To Go

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Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone
We'll pretend we're together all alone
I'll tell the man to turn the jukebox way down low
You can tell your friend who's with you he'll have to go

Whisper to me, darling say you love me too
Or is he holding you the way I do?
Though love is blind, make up your mind, I have to know
Should I hang up or will you tell him he'll have to go?

You can't say the words I want to hear
When you're with some other man
Do you want me, answer "yes" or "no"
Darling, I will understand

Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone
We'll pretend we're together all alone
I'll tell the man to turn the jukebox way down low
You can tell your friend who's with you he'll have to go
And you can tell your friend who's with you he'll have to go
You can tell your friend who's with you he'll have to go

He'll Have To Go (Live 1979)
Written byJoe Allison & Audrey Allison
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
Length2:51

First known performance:
December 29, 1978, Bath, England
Last known performance:
December 12, 1987, Adelaide, Australia - last full performance
     (22 known performances, 71 as a snippet)


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Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
 Billy Brown  1959
 Jim Reeves  1959
 Ernest Tubb  1960
 Nat King Cole  1962
 Paul Anka  1963
Solomon Burke  1964
 Kitty Wells  1966
 Jerry Lee Lewis  1969
Ry Cooder  1976
Elvis Presley  1977
 Bryan Ferry  1988

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