I Stand Accused

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Girl, I stand accused, people say I love you
Yeah, I stand accused, oh, but what can I do
You belong to some other guy
Hope I never have to testify
If loving you is a big crime
I've been guilty a long time

Girl, I stand accused with no more than a chance
Girl, I stand accused and I got no defense
All I need is a touch from your hand
To find myself on a witness stand
I'd be unable to lie, girl
I got a love that won't die, girl

Tell the world that I was guilty
I wouldn't stand a chance
Tell the world that I was a victim
A victim of circumstance

They might show some mercy if I could explain
Girl, I love you so much that I'm almost insane
You disturbed my balance of mind
I couldn't help what I did at the time
I stand accused and I'm guilty
Baby, I always will be
I need a witness, baby

You disturbed my balance of mind
I couldn't help what I did at the time
I stand accused and I'm guilty
Baby, I always will be
I need a witness, baby

I stand accused of loving you
So guilty baby
Oh yeah
I stand accused

I S-T-A-N-D A-C-C-U-S-E-D

I stand accused, loving you
So guilty, baby
Oh yeah

I Stand Accused
Written byTony Colton & Ray Smith
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass, harmonica
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedOctober 1979, Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands and/or Eden Studios, London
ReleasedFebruary 1980
AlbumsGet Happy!!, 1980
PromosGet Happy!! (Promo Album), 1980
Length2:18

First known performance:
November 6, 1978, London, ON, Canada
Last known performance:
June 13, 2015, Carlisle, England
     (72 known performances)


Alternate versions

I Stand Accused (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJuly 18, 1979, Ramport Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsGet Happy!! (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Length3:09
Get Happy!!GH album cover large.jpg


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