Mouth Almighty

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This town belongs to you and your tricks of confidence
All the pavements for miles around are littered with your footprints
Now every girl I get close to seems to be wearing your perfume
And the clock strikes the letters of your name
Both midnight and noon

But I used to shoot my mouth off
Till you'd had enough of me
Once or twice nightly
I know I've got my faults
And among them I can't control my tongue
But if you didn't believe me
Why did you have to leave me
With my mouth almighty

Mouth almighty, that's what I've got
Mouth almighty, telling you what's what
Mouth almighty
I wish I'd never opened my mouth almighty
Wish I'd never opened my mouth almighty
Wish I'd never opened my mouth almighty

So I threw away the rose and held on to the thorn
Crawling round with my crooner cufflinks and my calling card cologne
But the realization of being replaced starts to tell tales across my face
Without a soul to talk to or a hair out of place

But I used to shoot my mouth off
Till you'd had enough of me
Once or twice nightly
I know I've got my faults
And among them I can't control my tongue
But if you didn't believe me
Why did you have to leave me
With my mouth almighty

Mouth almighty, that's what I've got
Mouth almighty, telling you what's what
Mouth almighty
I wish I'd never opened my mouth almighty
Wish I'd never opened my mouth almighty
Wish I'd never opened my mouth almighty

Mouth Almighty
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJanuary-April 1983, AIR Studios, London
ReleasedAugust 5, 1983
AlbumsPunch The Clock, 1983
Length3:02

First known performance:
December 21, 1982, Liverpool, England
Last known performance:
June 9, 2015, Gateshead, England
     (44 known performances)


Alternate versions

Mouth Almighty (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, all instruments
Recordedca. 1982-1983, Elvis' home
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsPunch The Clock (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Length3:00
Punch The ClockPunch The Clock Rhino album cover.jpg

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