Lip Service

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You left the motor running
But I know you're so attractive
Getting in some sharp practice
You better not do anything reckless

But if everybody is going through the motions
Everybody is going through the motions
Are you really only going through the motions?

Lip service is all you'll ever get from me
Lip service is all you'll ever get from me
Lip service is all you'll ever get from me
But if you change your mind
You can send it in a letter to me

Don't make any sudden movements
These are dangerous amusements
When did you become so choosy
Don't act like you're above me, just look at your shoes

But if everybody is going through the motions
Everybody is going through the motions
Are you really only going through the motions?

Lip service is all you'll ever get from me
Lip service is all you'll ever get from me
Lip service is all you'll ever get from me
But if you change your mind
You can send it in a letter to me
But if you change your mind
You can send it in a letter to me
But if you change your mind
You can send it in a letter to me

Lip Service
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1977-January 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 17, 1978
AlbumsThis Year's Model, 1978
Collections2½ Years, 1993
PromosOur Aim Is True, 1978
Length2:38

First known performance:
July 21, 1977, Manchester, England
Last known performance:
March 2, 2017, Stavanger, Norway
     (129 known performances)


Alternate versions

Lip Service (Live 1977)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust 7, 1977, London, England
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2007
AlbumsMy Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition, 2007
Length4:31

Lip Service (Live 1978)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMarch 6, 1978, Toronto, ON, Canada
Released1978 (promo-only release)
October 15, 1993 (commercial release)
AlbumsLive At The El Mocambo, 1978
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Length2:22
This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg

Live At The El MocamboLive At The El Mocambo album cover.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

My Aim Is TrueMAIT UK initial album cover large.jpg

Covers

Big Hello Girl Versus Boy Verses (7" EP) 1998 linkwebsiteYouTube
Casanovacane performed live 2000 info needed
Skip Castro Band performed live, 1979, Charlottesville, VA 1979 jmu.edu
The Flipsides performed live, 2003-05-03, Den Bosch, Holland 2003 link
The Joy Formidable performed live, 2017-03-02, ONCE Ballroom, Somerville, MA 2017 YouTube
Natural Punch Drunker Tribute To Elvis Costello 2007 AmazonAmazon.co.jp
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003- OliversArmyBand
The Reducers performed live website
R. Stevie Moore Under The Covers 1983 link
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube
Snitch performed live, 2000-09-26, Old Vic, Nottingham 2000 link
WVRockscene Sarasota 2008 Bandcamp.com
Dan and Matt Wilson Minneapolis 2010 2010 Bandcamp.com
Dan and Matt Wilson performed live, 2010-03-25, Pantages, Minneapolis, MN 2010 YouTube
Todd Zamostien performed live, Philadelphia, February 26, 2015 2015 YouTube

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