Life Shrinks

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Shall I wear a buttonhole to jog your memory
So you'll recall the promise
That I swore you made to me when we were younger?
You look sorry for yourself, but what about?
I've some idea you're not without a doubt
So you can put away that tongue
I don't know who I'm trying to kid
I'll find another name for you
I'll try to put the blame on you
For everything we did

Life shrinks and before you know it
You have forgotten all the cuts and bruises
Just be thankful we were only fighting for buttons
And you know by now who loses

You're only half awake because you never go to bed
And when he hears about it
Then the both of you's is dead, and that's a promise
You'll be sorry 'cos I won't tell you again
You'll stick like that one day
And if you don't believe me, go and ask St. Thomas
I don't know where it's going to stop
Spend your whole time trying to stay
From breaking down or running away
Or trying to keep up

Life shrinks and before you know it
You have forgotten all the cuts and bruises
Just be thankful we were only fighting for buttons
And you know by now who loses

Life Shrinks
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Steve Donnelly - guitar
Trevor Barry - bass
Pete Thomas - drums, military percussion
Andy Findon - piccolo
RecordedFebruary 7, 1994, Westside Studios, London
ReleasedApril 29, 1996
AlbumsBrutal Youth (Rhino reissue), 2002
SinglesIt's Time, 1996
CollectionsIn Motion Pictures, 2012
PromosSelections From This Year's Model - Blood & Chocolate - Brutal Youth, 2002
Length3:27

Background:
 Written for but not used in the film The War Of The Buttons.
First known performance:
     (0 known performances)


It's Time singleIt's Time UK CD single front insert.jpg

Brutal YouthBY album cover large.jpg

In Motion PicturesIn Motion Pictures album cover.jpg

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