Just About Glad

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I'm just about glad that I knew you once
And it was more than just a passing acquaintance
I'm just about glad that it was a memory
That doesn't need constant maintenance
There are a few things that I regret
But nothing that I need to forget
For all of the courage that we never had
I'm just about glad

(Chorus:)
Just about glad we didn't do that thing
Just about glad we didn't have that fling
Just about glad we didn't give it a try
Just about glad, is that a tear in your eye?

And on the few times I rang to propose
There was a man there or so I'd suppose
The greatest lover that you never had
I'm just about glad

They called time and vodka and lime
In some far flung Canadian club
Just about glad
And there I was just waiting to fall
Like a toe just aching to stub

Just about glad
Later on I could never accept it
When you finally gave it all to him
Just about glad
And you said that my nurse was sweet
But her lamp was just beginning to dim

I'm just about glad
That we never did that thing that we were going to do
I'm just about glad I can look you in the eye
But I can't say the same for you
And though the passion still flutters and flickers
It never got into our knickers
For all of the courage that we never had
I'm just about, I'm just about
I'm just about, I'm just about

(Repeat Chorus)

And it's all just a stupid creation
Of my feverish imagination
If I'm the greatest lover that you never had
I'm just about, I'm just about
I'm just about, I'm just about

(Repeat Chorus)

Is that a tear in your eye?
Is that a tear in your eye?
Is that a tear in your eye?

Just About Glad
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byMitchell Froom & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Pete Thomas - drums
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Nick Lowe - bass
Recorded1993, Olympic Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 8, 1994
AlbumsBrutal Youth, 1994
PromosWords And Music, 1994
Length3:13

First known performance:
May 3, 1994, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Last known performance:
March 19, 2017, Manchester, England
     (87 known performances)


Alternate versions

Just About Glad (Bonaparte Rooms Version)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Pete Thomas - drums
Nick Lowe - bass
Recorded1993, Pete Thomas' basement (The Bonaparte Rooms)
ReleasedFebruary 19, 2002
AlbumsBrutal Youth (Rhino reissue), 2002
Length3:39

Just About Glad (Live 1996)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedMay 15, 1996, San Francisco, CA
ReleasedJuly 8, 1996
AlbumsCostello & Nieve, 1996
SinglesLittle Atoms, 1996
You Bowed Down, 1996
Various Artists collectionsLive From The Archives Vol. 3, 1996
PromosLive At The Fillmore, San Francisco, 1996
Length3:59
Brutal YouthBY album cover large.jpg

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You Bowed Down singleYou Bowed Down US CD single front cover.jpg

Costello & NieveCostello & Nieve album cover.jpg

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