My Funny Valentine

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My funny Valentine, sweet comic Valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable, unphotographable
But you're my favourite work of art
Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?
Don't change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little Valentine, stay
Each day is Valentine's Day

My Funny Valentine
Written byRichard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedAugust-September 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedFebruary 2, 1979
AlbumsArmed Forces (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1993
Armed Forces (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
SinglesOliver's Army, 1979
My Funny Valentine, 1979
Accidents Will Happen, 1979 (France)
Baby Plays Around, 1989
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror, 1989
CollectionsTaking Liberties, 1980
Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, 1980
2½ Years, 1993
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
SoundtracksBridget Jones's Diary 2, 2001
The Company, 2003
Various Artists collectionsOpen All Night: In The City, 2001
Length1:28

First known performance:
May 21, 1989, London, England
Last known performance:
September 6, 2016, Tokyo, Japan
     (60 known performances, 1 as a snippet)


Alternate versions

My Funny Valentine (Live 1996)
Performed byCostello & Nieve
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - piano
RecordedMay 20, 1996, Boston, MA
ReleasedDecember 3, 1996
AlbumsCostello & Nieve, 1996
PromosLive At The Paradise, Boston, 1996
Length3:01

Watching The Detectives / My Funny Valentine (Live in Tokyo)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJuly 5, 2002, Tokyo, Japan
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2002
AlbumsWhen I Was Cruel - Collectors Edition, 2002
Cruel Smile, 2002
Length7:09

My Funny Valentine (Piano Jazz version)
Performed byElvis Costello & Marian McPartland
Produced byShari Hutchinson
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Marian McPartland - piano
Gary Mazzaroppi - bass
RecordedMay 3, 2003, Manhattan Studio, New York
ReleasedJuly 12, 2005
AlbumsPiano Jazz: Costello/McPartland
Length3:44
Single: Oliver's ArmyOliver's Army UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Single: My Funny ValentineMy Funny Valentine US 7" promo.jpg

Accidents Will Happen singleAccidents Will Happen France 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Taking LibertiesTL album cover 200.jpg

Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers10BM album cover 280.jpg

Single: Baby Plays AroundBaby Plays Around UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Single: Deep Dark Truthful MirrorDeep Dark Truthful Mirror Germany 3" CD single front.jpg

Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rykodisc album cover.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

Costello & NieveCostello & Nieve album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

When I Was Cruel - Collectors EditionWhen I Was Cruel Collectors Edition album cover.jpg

Cruel Smile2002 Cruel Smile Album small.jpg

Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg

Piano Jazz: Costello/McPartlandPiano Jazz.jpg


Chords

C#m        G#7        A            G#7
  My funny Valentine,  sweet comic Valentine 
C#m             A            F#m  G#7
  You make me smile with my heart 
C#m7              G#7/C     C#m/B     F#/Bb
  Your looks are laughable,   unphotographable 
A               F#m              A  B7
 But you're my favourite work of art 
         E      B          E
Is your figure less than Greek? 
         E       B      E
Is your mouth a little weak? 
         E B          E
When you open it to speak 
          A G#m7
Are you smart? 
C#m7              G#7/C
  Don't change a hair for me 
C#m/B         F#/Bb
  Not if you care for me 
A              G#7         C#m E7
  Stay little Valentine, stay 
A              B           E
  Each day is Valentine's Day

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