My All Time Doll

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When I was away I needed you so
And now I'm coming home to stay
I won't wake in the night and reach for you
And turn on the light and to my dismay

You're not there
You're never around
Or is it me?
It's so hard to see
I flick off the switch
And stare in dark
And wait for you to appear

You're My All-Time Doll
I'm out of control
It's broken my mind
But that's not all that you stole

You're My All-Time Doll
You're all I adore
I'd swear to it now it but I already swore

My eyes are blinded with tears
But it's all my own fault
My lips taste of cruel words
My eyes sting with salt
But you can take the way I feel about you
And put it in a vault

You're My All-Time Doll

From near and from far
I've known many a girl,
Now... I'm closing in
My heart is beating
Like a whip on a hide
It's raining outside

You're My All-Time Doll
I'm out of control
It's broken my mind
That's not all that you stole

You're My All-Time Doll
You're all I adore
I'd swear to it now it but I already swore

Every time I rant and rail
Every time I try and fail
Any time I want to quit
And say, "That's the end of it"
When I stand and start to leave
You cool my brow, you tug my sleeve

You're My All-Time Doll

I'm walking, I'm pacing, my heart is racing
I swear that clock is running slow
It only speeds up for a moment or so
Each time it's time for me to go

You're My All-Time Doll
I'm out of control
It's broken my mind
That's not all that you stole

You're My All-Time Doll
You're all I adore
I'd swear to it now it but I already swore

In the far flung cry of a closing saloon
On the blank back side of that poisonous moon
I tried not to think about you
I thought I was immune..

You're My All-Time Doll

My All Time Doll
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byT Bone Burnett
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, Gibson J-50 acoustic guitar
Dennis Crouch - double bass
Stuart Duncan - banjo, fiddle
Jeff Taylor - accordion
Mike Compton - mandolin
Jim Lauderdale - harmony vocal
RecordedMarch 31-April 2, 2008, Sound Emporium Studio, Nashville
ReleasedJune 2, 2009
AlbumsSecret, Profane & Sugarcane, 2009
Various Artists collectionsPaste Magazine New Music Sampler Issue 53, 2009

First known performance:
May 6, 2008, Knoxville, TN
Last known performance:
October 2, 2014, Oslo, Norway
     (50 known performances)


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Jeff Taylor's accordion ... assumes a starring role on ‘My All-Time Doll’, a song of lonely nights and desire.” elviscostello.com, March 23, 2009.

Secret, Profane & SugarcaneSecret Profane And Sugarcane album cover medium.jpg

Paste Magazine New Music Sampler Issue 53Paste Magazine New Music Sampler 53 album cover.jpg

Covers

no known covers

Chords

|| Am Am /G Am :||

Am
When I was away I needed you so
       Em
And now I'm coming home to stay
          Am
I won't wake in the night and reach for you
      Em
And turn on the light and to my dismay
               Am
You're not there
You're never around
          Em
Or is it me?
It's so hard to see
  Am
I flick off the switch
And stare in dark
       Em
And wait for you to appear

          Am
You're My All-Time Doll
  /G
I'm out of control
    /F#
It's broken my mind
     /F
But that's not all that you stole
                Am
You're My All-Time Doll
/G
You're all I adore
/F#                         /F    
I'd swear to it now it but I already swore
 
   Dm
My eyes are blinded with tears
    Am
But it's all my own fault
    Em
My lips taste of cruel words
    Am
My eyes sting with salt
     Dm
But you can take the way I feel about you
     Am                                Am Am /G Am
And put it in a vault
                Am 
You're My All-Time Doll

From near and from far
I've known many a girl,
Now... I'm closing in
My heart is beating
Like a whip on a hide
It's raining outside

You're My All-Time Doll
I'm out of control
It's broken my mind
That's not all that you stole
 
You're My All-Time Doll
You're all I adore
I'd swear to it now it but I already swore

Every time I rant and rail
Every time I try and fail
Any time I want to quit
And say, "That's the end of it"
When I stand and start to leave
You cool my brow, you tug my sleeve
You're My All-Time Doll
 
I'm walking, I'm pacing, my heart is racing
I swear that clock is running slow
It only speeds up for a moment or so
Each time it's time for me to go

You're My All-Time Doll
I'm out of control
It's broken my mind
That's not all that you stole

You're My All-Time Doll
You're all I adore
I'd swear to it now it but I already swore

In the far flung cry of a closing saloon
On the blank back side of that poisonous moon
I tried not to think about you
I thought I was immune...
You're My All-Time Doll 

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