Inch By Inch

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You can take a powder
You can take a drink
You can keep the shrink
And the kitchen sink
Write my name in heaven in invisible ink
I just woke up from dreaming, I think

You can take me over
You can give me a lip
You can take me under
You can give me the slip
Take off everything or tear me off a strip
Like a lady in the chamber and another in the clip

Don't move a muscle, baby
Don't even flinch
You can miss me by a mile
Or just inch by inch
Inch by inch
Inch by inch, Inch by inch
You can pull me up again inch by inch
Inch by inch, as pulses race
I long to see that look upon your face

You can take me outside
You can take me apart
You can take me upstairs
You can take me to heart
You made me love you when you thought you were smart
Don't try to stop me now you told me to start


I long to see that look upon your face
I long to see that look upon your face

Inch By Inch
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Maurice Worm (a.k.a. Steve Nieve) - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Gary Barnacle - saxophone
see Goodbye Cruel World credits for possible additional musicians
RecordedFebruary 1984, SARM West Studios, London
ReleasedJune 18, 1984
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World, 1984
PromosSelections From Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, Kojak Variety, 2004

First known performance:
February 14, 1984, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Last known performance:
November 3, 2011, Bucharest, Romania
     (209 known performances)

Alternate versions

Inch By Inch (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, all instruments
Recordedca. 1982-1983, Elvis' home
ReleasedJuly 26, 2004
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004

Inch By Inch / Fever (Live 1999)
Performed byElvis Costello with Steve Nieve
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - piano
RecordedFebruary 19, 1999, Sydney, Australia
ReleasedApril 19, 1999
SinglesToledo, 1999

see also: Little Goody Two Shoes

Goodbye Cruel WorldGoodbye Cruel World album cover.jpg

Single: ToledoToledo (Part 1) UK CD single front insert.jpg


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