Must You Throw Dirt In My Face

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What is it that brings you to this part of town
Curiosity, conscience or fate?
I know it's not love, 'cause I once gave you love
And all you showed me was the gate
I got a feeling you've come back to just rub it in
And to really put me in my place
You've already put big old tears in my eyes
Must you throw dirt in my face?

Must you keep telling me that you've got a new love?
I don't need you to remind me
Must you keep telling me how I look so lonely
And my better days are behind me?

Must you keep showing me pictures of him
And boasting of his warm embrace?
You've already put big old tears in my eyes
Must you throw dirt in my face?

You've already left me and broken my heart
Told me how much you don't want me
Believe me, I'm happier when we're apart
Why must you come back now to haunt me?

Must you keep showing me pictures of him
And boasting of his warm embrace?
You've already put big old tears in my eyes
Must you throw dirt in my face?
Oh, you've already put big old tears in my eyes
Must you throw dirt in my face?

Oh...
Must you throw dirt in my face?

Must You Throw Dirt In My Face
Written byBill Anderson
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello & Kevin Killen
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Jim Keltner - drums
Jerry Scheff - bass
Larry Knechtel - Hammond organ, piano
James Burton - electric & acoustic guitars
Recorded1990, Blue Wave Studios, Barbados
Vocal backgrounds added at Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMay 9, 1995
AlbumsKojak Variety, 1995
Various Artists collectionsGuide April 1995, 1995
PromosKojak Variety Sampler, 1995 (excerpt)
Selections From Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, Kojak Variety, 2004
Length3:47

First known performance:
March 9, 1985, London, England
Last known performance:
April 27, 2007, Wilkesboro, NC
     (31 known performances, 7 as a snippet)


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“"I knew of the Louvin Brothers through Gram Parsons and The Byrds, like Stones and Zeppelin fans checked out Howlin' Wolf. They're from Alabama and made these wonderful harmony records, high nasal harmonies straight out of bluegrass."” — Elvis writing in Q Magazine, June 1995.

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Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
 Louvin Brothers  1962  single Amazon

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