I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

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I just don't know what to do with myself
I just don't know what to do with myself
I'm so used to doing everything with you
Planning everything for two
And now that we're through

I just don't know what to do with my time
I'm so lonesome for you, it's a crime
Going to a movie only makes me sad
Parties make me feel as bad
When I'm not with you
I just don't know what to do

Like a summer rose needs the sun and rain
I need your sweet love to beat all the pain

I just don't know what to do with myself
I just don't know what to do with myself
Baby, if your new love ever turns you down
Come back, I will be around
Just waiting for you
I don't know what else to do

Don't know what else to do
I don't know what else to do
I'm still so crazy for you
Oh, oh, oh

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Live 1977)
Written byBurt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedOctober 18, 1977, Norwich, England
ReleasedFebruary 1978
AlbumsMy Aim Is True (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2001 (mix 3)
Various Artists collectionsLive Stiffs, 1978 (mix 1)
The Stiff Records Box Set, 1992 (mix 2)
The Love Songs Of Burt Bacharach, 1999 (mix 1)
Length2:27

First known performance:
September 4, 1977, London, England
Last known performance:
July 23, 2015, Madison, WI
     (47 known performances)


Alternate versions

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Live 1996)
Performed byCostello & Nieve
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - piano
RecordedMay 14, 1996, Los Angeles, CA
ReleasedDecember 3, 1996
AlbumsCostello & Nieve, 1996
PromosLive At The Troubadour, Los Angeles, 1996
Length3:27

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Live 1998)
Performed byElvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
RecordedOctober 18, 1998, Sony Music Studios, New York
ReleasedDecember 8, 1998
VideosSessions At West 54th, 1998

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Live 2000)
Performed byElvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Burt Bacharach - piano
additional musicians not credited in CD booklet
RecordedJune 30, 2000, London, England
Released2002
Various Artists collectionsClose To You (A Tribute To Burt Bacharach - Live At The Royal Albert Hall), 2002
Tribute To Burt Bacharach & Hal David, 2002
VideosA Tribute To Burt Bacharach & Hal David, 2002
Length2:50
Live StiffsStiffs Live Stiffs album cover.jpg

Costello & NieveCostello & Nieve album cover.jpg

Sessions At West 54th (video)Sessions At West 54th VHS cover.jpg

My Aim Is TrueMAIT UK initial album cover large.jpg

Close To You (A Tribute To Burt Bacharach - Live At The Royal Albert Hall)Close To You A Tribute To Burt Bacharach album cover.jpg

Tribute To Burt Bacharach & Hal DavidTribute To Burt Bacharach And Hal David album cover.jpg

A Tribute To Burt Bacharach & Hal DavidA Tribute To Burt Bacharach And Hal David DVD cover.jpg


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