I Almost Had A Weakness

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Thank you for the flowers
I threw them on the fire
And I burned the photographs that you had enclosed
God, they were ugly children
So you're that little bastard of that brother of mine
Trying to trick a poor old woman
'Til I almost had a weakness

Last week Cousin Florence bit your Uncle Joe
Hit him on the forehead with a knife and a fork
Said that he looked like the devil
Then she said... "pass the vinegar", I'm beginning to think
That I'm the only one who hasn't taken to the drinking of it
Though I almost had a weakness

It pains me to mention
These delicate concerns
But while I have to tolerate you family jewels
I really mustn't grumble
'Cause when I die, the cats and dogs will jump up and down
And you little swines will get nothing
Though I almost had a weakness

I Almost Had A Weakness
Words byDeclan MacManus
Music byMichael Thomas & Declan 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 - violoncello
RecordedSeptember 14-October 1, 1992, Church Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 15, 1993
AlbumsThe Juliet Letters, 1993
CollectionsBrodsky Quartet - Best Of Brodsky Quartet, 2000
Various Artists collectionsSuoni E Visioni Antologia, 1996
PromosI Almost Had A Weakness, 1993 (Germany)
Excerpts From The Juliet Letters, 1993
UK Elvis Costello, 2002

First known performance:
July 1, 1992, London, England
Last known performance:
April 29, 2009, Bristol, England
     (43 known performances)

Alternate versions

I Almost Had A Weakness (Live 1993)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
MusiciansElvis Costello - voice
Michael Thomas - violin
Ian Belton - violin
Paul Cassidy - viola
Jacqueline Thomas - violoncello
RecordedMarch 18, 1993, New York, NY
ReleasedSeptember 1993
PromosLive At New York Town Hall, 1993

The Juliet LettersThe Juliet Letters album cover.jpg

Excerpts From The Juliet LettersExcerpts From The Juliet Letters promo cover.jpg

Live At New York Town Hall promoLive At NY Town Hall cover 400.jpg

Best Of Brodsky QuartetBest Of Brodsky Quartet album cover.jpg


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