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If there's anything that you want
If there's anything that you need
There's no need to be evasive
Money talks and it's persuasive

Now you're sending me your best wishes
Signed with love and vicious kisses
You lack lust, you're so lacklustre
Is that all the strength you can muster?

Even when we are out of touch
Now I know that I've seen too much
Seen too much

So I see us lying back to back
My case is closed, my case is packed
I'll get out before the violence
Or the tears or the silence

Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar, organ
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedOctober 1979, Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands and/or Eden Studios, London
ReleasedFebruary 1980
AlbumsGet Happy!!, 1980
CollectionsGirls Girls Girls, 1989
PromosGet Happy!! (Promo Album), 1980
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005

First known performance:
December 10, 1979, Cannes, France
Last known performance:
June 3, 2017, Berkeley, CA
     (139 known performances)

“Another drunken composition (or is it decomposition). On the run from a cleverly isolated Dutch studio, we sought excitement in a small cafe. Sure enough I started to fall ‘in love’ with the waitress, but was hustled back to work before the trouble began. I began my protestations of desire in the taxi, and although other grim thoughts came to mind, the song was ‘complete’ by the time we reached the studio. Naturally we recorded it right away and in a childishly literal gesture I insisted on playing organ (very badly).” Girls Girls Girls liner notes, 1989.

Alternate versions

Possession (Live 1983)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions (with The TKO Horns)
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Jim Paterson - trombone
Jeff Blythe - saxophone
Paul Speare - saxophone
Dave Plews - trumpet
RecordedSeptember 7, 1983, Austin, TX
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsPunch The Clock (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Get Happy!!Get Happy!! album cover.jpg

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Punch The ClockPunch The Clock Rhino album cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg


Methuselah Jones (Jamie Leonhart) Methuselah Jones 2000 Coverville podcast 1:21:20    AllMusicCDUniverse
Steve Nieve instrumental, performed live, 2020-04-24, The Daily Improvisation, France 2020 Facebook - 30:10
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2014 YouTube
Wet Wet Wet Live 1990 WikipediaYouTube

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