Heart Shaped Bruise

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Tell me now or are you only teasing?
I felt the cold hard facts of life
Five degrees from freezing
Does it amuse you to always hurt me so?
I try my best; it's not enough
Should I give up and let you?

What more is there to take from me?
There's nothing else to give you, dear
There's nothing more that I can lose
Except this heart shaped bruise

It will fade from purple to violet
It will fade
Just as the day dissolves into twilight

Tell me now or am I only dreaming?
You said that you'd be mine for life
And now you say you're leaving
If I could hold you once more before you go
When I approach you just lash out
Should I give up and let you?

What more is there to take from me?
There's nothing else to give you, dear
There's nothing more that I can lose
Accept this heart shaped bruise

It will fade from purple to violet
It will fade

Heart Shaped Bruise
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters (with Emmylou Harris)
Produced byDennis Herring & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, Gibson J-50, Gibson Super 400 & Fender Bass 6 guitar
Emmylou Harris - vocals
Steve Nieve - upright piano, Hammond organ
Davey Faragher - Fender Precision bass
Pete Thomas - drums, tambourine
John McFee - pedal steel guitar
RecordedApril 2004, Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS
Emmylou Harris recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville
John McFee recorded at Village Recorders, Los Angeles
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2004
AlbumsThe Delivery Man, 2004
Length4:06

First known performance:
October 27, 1999, Nashville, TN
Last known performance:
November 10, 2013, Philadelphia, PA
     (61 known performances)


Alternate versions

Heart Shaped Bruise (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters with Emmylou Harris
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Emmylou Harris - vocal
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 17, 2004, Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN - either early or late show
ReleasedApril 19, 2005
PromosLive In Memphis Audio Sampler, 2005
VideosClub Date: Live In Memphis, 2005
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The Delivery ManThe Delivery Man Deluxe Edition album cover.jpg

Club Date: Live In MemphisClub Date Live In Memphis dvd cover.jpg

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