My Brave Face

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My brave, my brave, my brave face

I've been living in style
Unaccustomed as I am
To the luxury life
I've been hitting the town
And it didn't hit back

I've been doing the rounds
Unaccustomed as I am
To the time on my hands
Now I don't have to tell anybody
When I'm going to get back

Ever since you went away
I've had the sentimental inclination
Not to change a single thing
As I pull the sheet back on the bed
I want to go bury my head
In your pillow

Now that I'm alone again
I can't stop breaking down again
The simplest things set me off again
And take me to that place
Where I can't find my brave face
Where I can't find my brave face
My brave, my brave, my brave face
My brave face

I've been living a lie
Unaccustomed as I am
To the work of a housewife
I've been breaking up
Dirty dishes and been throwing them away

Ever since you left I have been trying to
Compose a "baby will you please come home" note
Meant for you
As I clear away another
Untouched t.v. dinner
From the table I laid for two

Now that I'm alone again
I can't stop breaking down again
The simplest things set me off again
And take me to that place
Where I can't find my brave face
Where I can't find my brave face
My brave, my brave, my brave face
My brave face

My Brave Face (Original Demo)
Written byPaul McCartney & Declan MacManus
Performed byPaul McCartney & Elvis Costello
Produced byPaul McCartney
RecordedOctober 23, 1987, Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex, England
ReleasedMarch 24, 2017
AlbumsPaul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt (reissue), 2017
Length2:40

First known performance:
July 20, 1989, Tokyo, Japan
Last known performance:
July 16, 2014, London, England
     (9 known performances)


Paul McCartney versions

My Brave Face (1988 Demo)
Performed byPaul McCartney
Produced byPaul McCartney & Elvis Costello
MusiciansPaul McCartney - lead vocals, bass guitar, piano, backing vocals
Elvis Costello - lead vocals, backing vocals
Hamish Stuart - semi-acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Kevin Armstrong - electric guitar
Chris Whitten - drums
RecordedFebruary 1, 1988, Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex, England
ReleasedMarch 24, 2017
AlbumsPaul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt (reissue), 2017
Length3:29

My Brave Face
Performed byPaul McCartney
Produced byPaul McCartney, Mitchell Froom & Neil Dorfsman
MusiciansPaul McCartney - lead vocal, harmonies, bass, acoustic guitar, tambourine
Hamish Stuart - harmonies, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Chris Whitten - drums
Robbie McIntosh - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Mitchell Froom - keyboards
David Rhodes - ebow guitar
Chris Davis - saxophone
Chris White - saxophone
Dave Bishop - saxophone
RecordedOctober 1988, Olympic Studios, London
ReleasedJune 5, 1989
AlbumsPaul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt, 1989
SinglesMy Brave Face, 1989
Various Artists collectionsSongs Of Elvis Costello: Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous, 1998
PromosUK Elvis Costello, 2002
UK Elvis Costello (2006), 2006
Length3:20
Paul McCartney: Flowers In The DirtFlowers In The Dirt album cover.jpg

Songs Of Elvis Costello: Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & RendezvousBespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous cover.jpg

Covers

Paul McCartney Flowers In The Dirt 1989 AMGAmazon.comAmazon.co.uk
Paul McCartney My Brave Face single 1989 DiscogsAmazon
Paul McCartney Tripping The Live Fantastic (live album) 1990 AMGAmazon
Paul McCartney Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & RendezvousVarious Artists 1998 AMGAmazon
Paul McCartney UK Elvis Costello (promo) 2002
Paul McCartney UK Elvis Costello (2006) (promo) 2006
SR-71 Listen To What The Man SaidVarious Artists 2001 AMGAmazon
Star Collector Coming UpVarious Artists 2001 AMGAmazon

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