Shamed Into Love

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I fear, my dear
We've forgotten the things strangers do
If we could look back
To the terrible thrill that we knew
Am I imagining a world without you?
Must we be shamed into love?

What can I say?
Will you pardon my stupid embrace?
Sometimes I'm desperate
While you're wiping the smile from your face
Am I surrendering, or am I replaced?
Must we be shamed into love?

Shamed into love
You're once a fool for having it
Twice a fool for letting it go
Somewhere my love there's a feeling deep inside of me
That I can't let go
Oh, you'll never know

But then, my darling
I've forbidden myself to confess
I've looked around now
But I always return to your face
In a world where everything
I once cursed, I bless
It must be you who shamed me into love
Must we be shamed into love?

Shamed Into Love (Live 1995)
Written byDeclan MacManus & Rubén Blades
Performed byElvis Costello & Bill Frisell
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Bill Frisell - guitar
RecordedJune 25, 1995, London, England
ReleasedAugust 14, 1995
AlbumsDeep Dead Blue, 1995

First known performance:
March 29, 1987, London, England
Last known performance:
June 6, 2001, New York, NY
     (4 known performances)

Alternate versions

Shamed Into Love (For The Stars version)
Performed byAnne Sofie von Otter meets Elvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
Arranged byElvis Costello & the Ensemble
MusiciansAnne Sofie von Otter - vocal
Elvis Costello - vocal
Bebe Risenfors - tenor saxophone
Mats Schubert - piano
Johan Lindström - electric guitar
Svante Henryson - double bass
Magnus Persson - drums
Michael Blair - vibraphone
RecordedFebruary 2000-January 2001, Atlantis Grammophon AB, Stockholm and/or Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin and/or Westside Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 19, 2001
AlbumsFor The Stars, 2001
Deep Dead BlueDeep Dead Blue album cover.jpg

For The StarsFor The Stars album cover.jpg


Rubén Blades Nothing But The Truth 1988 AllMusicAmazon
Rubén Blades Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous 1998 AllMusicAmazon
Luba Mason Collage 2004 AllMusicAmazon
Anne Sofie von Otter For The Stars 2001
Ben Wendel, Harish Raghavan, Nate Wood Act 2009 AllMusicAmazon

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