Look Up Again

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Then as you look up again
Hands that keep score
Circle the wall
And it's 2:04
Look up again
And the glass fills right up the brim
Amid the din of midnight
Revels begin
It's light out

As you're descending the stairs
Who in that room
Whispers the rumours of wild affairs
Look up again
As the car that you ride won't arrive
May won't regret December
You can't forget
There's nothing to remember
Oh please
Look up again
Now and not then

Look up again
As the pen drinks the ink from the page
Those farewell lines will vanish
Who were they meant to punish?
Oh please
Look up again

I can't go on pretending
Times at an end
Or is it never ending?
Oh please
Look up again
Now and not when
Look up again

Look Up Again
Written byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Arranged byVince Mendoza
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Jim Cox - piano, keys
Paul Jackson Jr. - guitar
Will Lee - bass
Peter Erskine - drums
Bruce Dukov, Joel Derouin, Eun-Mee Ahn, Charlie Bisharat, Mark Cargill, Daphne Chen, David Ewart, Pam Gates, Tamara Hatwan, Songa Lee, Natalie Leggett, Phil Levy, Maya Magub, Stephanie Matthews, Helen Nightengale, Alyssa Park, Carol Pool, Irina Voloshina - violins
Andrew Duckles, Zach Dellinger, Leah Katz, Luke Mauer, David Walther, Rodney Wirtz - violas
Steve Erdody, Jacob Braun, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, Dennis Karmazyn, Timothy Loo - cellos
Lara Wickes - oboe
Mike Valerio, Trey Henry - basses
Steve Becknell, Laura Brenes - horns
RecordedSeptember 2021, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
April 2022, Power Station, BerkleeNYC (additional vocals)
ReleasedMarch 3, 2023
AlbumsThe Songs Of Bacharach & Costello, 2023

Only known performance:
February 19, 2023, New York, NY
     (1 known performance)

Herb Alpert version

Performed byHerb Alpert
Produced byHerb Alpert & Bill Cantos
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2016
AlbumsHerb Alpert: Human Nature, 2016
NoteThe first released recording is this instrumental version.
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