I Can't Say Her Name

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How can I show my face?
I'm a mess
And I fear I may confess
I'm a fool with or without her
Make up what you will about her
It's part of the game
I can't say her name

I've been left in the dark
Shine a light
Right in my eyes
You'll never make me talk
Alibis I must protect
An alias you won't detect
I won't place the blame
I can't say her name

I whisper it so soft and slow
When I think no one's listening
No one knows
The thought of her so strong and slow
Stays on my mind
I won't ever let her go

How can I go to sleep?
When I know all too well I'm in this thing too deep
It's all I can do not to shout about it
I don't need your pity
I'm powerless and proud
And I don't feel ashamed
Oh, but I can't say her name

I Can't Say Her Name
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - voice & guitar
Steve Nieve - piano & Lowrey organ
Mickaël Gasche - trumpet
Renaud-Gabriel Pion - Bb clarinet & contrabass clarinet
Pierre-François "Titi" Dufour - cello
AJUQ - drums
RecordedFebruary 2020, Les Studios Saint Germain, Paris, France
ReleasedOctober 30, 2020
AlbumsHey Clockface, 2020
Length2:57

Only known performance:
November 8, 2013, New Haven, CT
     (1 known performance)


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Steve Nieve & AJUQ performed live, 2020-11-29, The Immobile Tour, France 2020 FaceBook

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