Rope

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Down by the harbourside
A boat is fastened by a length of rope
It was a perfect match
Dreaming of escape
Feeling almost detached

Look beneath the waves
The seabirds diving down into black water

The morning bells begin
Schoolchildren chant and spin
A length of rope
Below a hanging tree
Like cruel secrets some of us turn out to be

Should our love increase
We are all released like statues from marble

While in a prison yard
They're taking turns to guard
A length of rope
Are you too weak to fight?
Picking up a thread and then stretching it tight

Look beneath the waves
The seabirds diving down into black water

Still our love increased
We are all released like statues from marble

Rope
Words byElvis Costello
Music byFleshquartet
Performed byAnne Sofie von Otter meets Elvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
Arranged byFleshquartet
MusiciansAnne Sofie von Otter - vocal
Fleshquartet:
Jonas Lindgren - violin, electric 5-string violin
Örjan Högberg - viola, electric 5-string violin
Mattias Helldén - cello, electric cello
Sebastian Öberg - cello, electric cello
Christian Olsson - drums, percussion
RecordedFleshquartet recorded September 23-27, 2000, Fleshland, Stockholm
Possible additional recording October 2000-January 2001, Atlantis Grammophon AB, Stockholm, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, and Westside Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 19, 2001
AlbumsFor The Stars, 2001
Length3:57

First known performance:
October 13, 2009, Melbourne, Australia
     (2 known performances)


For The StarsFTS album cover 333.jpg

Covers

Anne Sofie von Otter For The Stars 2001 AMGAmazon.comAmazon.co.uk

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