Invisible Lady

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Nails tap the counter
Steps echo and fade
Is that a face in the window?
With no shadow or shade

The naked flame flickered
Clothes lie where they’re thrown
It’s one hell of a big torch
To carry alone

She might brush your face with the hem of her gown
But it’s hard to wake up with your silly cracked crown

An empty of shot glass
A shocking blue pane
The chamber rolled vacant
And loaded again and again and again

Return to me Invisible lady
Where are the rewards for all the promises I made?
Oh where have you gone?
And who on earth do I have to thank?
The sheet below is blank

I fell for the Invisible lady
I still sing the words of all of the songs that she gave me
The ribbon’s stretched tight
But every time that I start to type
The key won’t seem to strike

The ages that I’d waste staring at that hourglass
The minutes I spend for seconds to pass
Through a curtain of jet hung on her shoulder

Through a curtain of jet hung on her shoulder

Return to me Invisible lady
Where are the rewards for all the promises I made?
Oh where have you gone?
And who on earth do I have to thank?
The sheet below is blank

Pools of shallow and
Pools of deep
Sometimes they narrow
Their secrets to keep
Lashes invite you where others dove in
Others dove in and were not seen again

His body bobbled blue in the cold morning lake
Admitting that he knew you was his first mistake
His chilly fixed eyes
Indicated no blame
Despite what they say, no reflection remained

It’s an empty of shot glass
A shocking blue pane
The chamber rolled vacant
And loaded again and again and again and again and again and again

Invisible Lady
Words byElvis Costello
Music byCharles Mingus
Performed byThe Charles Mingus Orchestra (with Elvis Costello)
Produced bySue Mingus
Arranged byJack Walrath, adapted by Mike Mossman
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Conrad Herwig - trombone solo
Michael Rabinowitz - bassoon
Douglas Yates - bass clarinet
Robert Routch - French horn
Adam Rogers - guitar
Seamus Blake - soprano saxophone
Alex Foster - alto saxophone
Alex Sipiagin - trumpet
David Kikoski - piano
Jeff "Tain" Watts - drums
Boris Kozlov - bass
RecordedNovember 3, 2001, Avatar Studios, New York
ReleasedApril 9, 2002
AlbumsMingus Big Band: Tonight At Noon... Three Or Four Shades Of Love, 2002
Length7:07

First known performance:
June 7, 2001, New York, NY
Last known performance:
May 3, 2003, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
     (5 known performances)


Mingus Big Band: Tonight At Noon... Three Or Four Shades Of LoveMingus Big Band Tonight At Noon album cover.jpg

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