Man Out Of Time

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So this is where he came to hide
When he ran from you
In a private detective's overcoat
And dirty dead man's shoes

The pretty things of Knightsbridge
Lying for a minister of state
Are a far cry from the nod and wink
Here at traitor's gate

'Cause the high heel he used to be has been ground down
And he listens for the footsteps that would follow him around

Chorus:
To murder my love is crime
But will you still love
A man out of time?

There's a tuppenny ha'penny millionaire
Looking for a fourpenny one
With a tight grip on the short hairs
Of the public imagination

But for his private wife and kids somehow
Real life becomes a rumour
Days of dutch courage
Just three French letters and a German sense of humour

He's got a mind like a sewer and a heart like a fridge
He stands to be insulted and he pays for the privilege

(Chorus)

The biggest wheels of industry
Retire sharp and short
And the after dinner overtures
Are nothing but an afterthought
Somebody's creeping in the kitchen
There's a reputation to be made
Whose nerves are always on a knife's edge
Who's up late polishing the blade

Love is always scarpering or cowering or fawning
You drink yourself insensitive and hate yourself in the morning

(Chorus)

Man Out Of Time
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byGeoff Emerick from an original idea by Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1981, AIR Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 2, 1982
AlbumsImperial Bedroom, 1982
SinglesMan Out Of Time, 1982
CollectionsThe Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
Girls Girls Girls, 1989
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 2, 2003
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album, 2015
Various Artists collectionsLeRoy Stevens: Favorite Recorded Scream, 2009 (excerpt, only the in & outro scream)
PromosA Conversation With Elvis Costello, 1982
F-Beat EC-2, 1982
Highlights From Almost Blue & Imperial Bedroom, 1994
Sunday Times CD, 2002
Selections From Armed Forces - Imperial Bedroom - Mighty Like A Rose, 2002
UK Elvis Costello (2006), 2006
Length5:25 (album version)
4:18 (DJ edit)

First known performance:
August 29, 1981, Gateshead, England
Last known performance:
2017
     (507 known performances, 2 as a snippet)


Alternate versions

Man Out Of Time (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, all instruments
RecordedAugust 21-22 1981, Pathway Studios, London
ReleasedOctober 28, 2002
AlbumsImperial Bedroom (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
PromosSelections From Armed Forces - Imperial Bedroom - Mighty Like A Rose, 2002
Length3:26

Man Out Of Time (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byGeoff Emerick from an original idea by Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1981, AIR Studios, London
ReleasedOctober 28, 2002
AlbumsImperial Bedroom (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
Length3:41

Man Out Of Time (Live 1996)
Performed byCostello & Nieve
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - piano
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMay 14, 1996, Los Angeles, CA
ReleasedDecember 3, 1996
AlbumsCostello & Nieve, 1996
PromosLive At The Troubadour, Los Angeles, 1996
Length4:56
Imperial BedroomIB album cover large.jpg

A Conversation With Elvis CostelloA Conversation With Elvis Costello album cover.jpg

Single: Man Out Of TimeMan Out Of Time UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello & The AttractionsBOEC album cover 200.jpg

Girls Girls GirlsGGG album cover 300.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions album cover.jpg

Costello & NieveCostello & Nieve album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 2Singles Volume 2 album cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack AlbumUnfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album album cover.jpg

Covers

Morley Bartnoff performed live, 2003-03-27, Knitting Factory tribute, Los Angeles 2003 info
Clarkesville performed live info needed
Danny Flanigan & Rain Chorus performed live, 2003-11-21, Tonic Ball 2, Indianapolis 2003 info needed
Blaine Harrison   (Mystery Jets) performed live, 2010-03-09, Barbican Hall, Songs In The Key Of London 2010 infoinfo
Mason Hoffman performed live, Costello Tribute, 2017-03-16, Harlow's, Sacramento, CA 2017 YouTube
Bill Janovitz unreleased recording 2009 infoMP3
Bill Janovitz performed live, 2011-08-10, Boston 2011 YouTube
Ulf Lundell Sweethearts  (sung in Swedish as "Man av idag") 1984 AllmusicAmazonwebsite
Naked Eyes Fumbling With The Covers 2007 AllmusicAmazonYouTube

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