You never asked me what I wanted. You only asked me why.
I never thought that so much trouble was restin' on my reply,
I could say it was the nights when I was lonely
and you were the only one who'd come.
I could tell you that I like your sensitivity,
when you know it's the way that you walk.
Why do you have to say that there's always someone
who can do it better than I can?
But don't you think that I know that walking on the water
won't make me a miracle man?
Baby's gotta have the things she wants.
You know she's gotta have the things she loves.
She's got a ten-inch bamboo cigarette holder
and her black patent leather gloves.
And I'm doing everything just tryin' to please her,
even crawling around on all fours.
Oh, I thought by now that it was gonna be easy,
but she still seems to want for more.
I hear they're givin' you a bad reputation
just because you've never been denied.
You try to say you've done it all before.
Baby, you know that you just get tired.
Yet everybody loves you so much, girl.
I just don't know how you stand the strain.
Oh, I, I'm the one who's here tonight,
and I don't wanna do it all in vain.
Alternate third verse from Pathway Studios demo:
You know seven men that want to be monkeys
And six that never get denied
And five that say they've done it all before
And four that say they just get tired
And three of the handsomest men in the country
And two that can do it again and again
But I'm the one who's here tonight
And I don't want to do it all in vain
Baseball Heroes and Miracle Man (Flip City version)
|Written by||Elvis Costello|
|Performed by||Elvis Costello|
|Produced by||Nick Lowe|
|Musicians||Elvis Costello - vocals, guitar|
John McFee - guitar
Sean Hopper - keyboards
Johnny Ciambotti - bass
Mickey Shine - drums
|Recorded||late 1976-early 1977, Pathway Studios, London|
|Released||July 22, 1977|
|Albums||My Aim Is True, 1977|
Viva England, 1982 (Spain)
|Collections||2½ Years, 1993|
Rock And Roll Music, 2007
In Motion Pictures, 2012
|Soundtracks||The Godfather Part III, 1990 (listed in film’s credits but doesn't appear on soundtrack)|
|Promos||Our Aim Is True, 1978|