Shallow Grave

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When I fall in endless sleep
I hope that I'll be buried deep
Let me be the one that fortune favours
Even good children got shallow graves

(Chorus:)
Throw another clown to the lions
Throw another Joan on the blaze
Cast me away on the cruel calm ocean
and leave me for days and days and days and days and days
I won't lie in this poor shallow grave
I won't lie, I won't lie in this poor shallow grave
Dig me down deep where the dead men sleep
I won't lie in this poor shallow grave

Bless the poor 'cos like the rich
They all end up in a ditch
In this world of fools and knaves
Even good children got shallow graves
The tinker, the tailor, the fabulous five
Nobody gets out of this alive

(Repeat Chorus)

Dig me down deep where the dead men sleep
I won't lie in this poor shallow grave
Dig me down deep where the dead men sleep
I won't lie in this poor shallow grave
Dig me down, dig me down, dig me down deep
I won't lie in this poor shallow grave

Shallow Grave
Written byPaul McCartney & Declan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byGeoff Emerick & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitars, second bass
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust-September 1995, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
February 1996, Westside Studios, London
ReleasedMay 13, 1996
AlbumsAll This Useless Beauty, 1996
Length2:00

First known performance:
November 11, 1994, London, England
Last known performance:
November 19, 1999, Oxford, England
     (134 known performances)


Alternate versions

Shallow Grave (Live 1996)
Performed byCostello & Nieve
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - piano
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMay 14, 1996, Los Angeles, CA
ReleasedDecember 3, 1996
AlbumsCostello & Nieve, 1996
PromosLive At The Troubadour, Los Angeles, 1996
Length2:55

Shallow Grave (Cassette Demo)
Performed byPaul McCartney & Elvis Costello
RecordedHog Hill Mill, East Sussex, England
ReleasedMarch 24, 2017
AlbumsPaul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt (reissue), 2017 (bonus download)
Length2:14
All This Useless BeautyATUB album cover large.jpg

Costello & NieveCostello & Nieve album cover.jpg

Paul McCartney: Flowers In The DirtFlowers In The Dirt album cover.jpg

Covers

Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003 - OliversArmyBand

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