Sleepless Nights

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Through the sleepless nights I cry for you
And wonder who is kissing you
Oh, these sleepless nights will break my heart in two

Somehow through the day I don't give in
I hide the tears that wait within
Oh, these sleepless nights will break my heart again

Why did you go, oh why did you go?
Don't you know, don't you know
I need you?

I keep hoping you'll come back to me
Oh let it be, please let it be
My love, please take these sleepless nights from me
Oh, these sleepless nights will break my heart in two

Sleepless Nights
Written byFelice Bryant & Boudleaux Bryant
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byGlyn Johns
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, piano, vibraphone, celeste
Steve Donnelly - acoustic guitar
B.J. Cole - pedal steel guitar
Roy Babbington - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Recorded1998, unknown studio, London
ReleasedJuly 13, 1999
AlbumsKojak Variety (Rhino/Edsel edition), 2004
Various Artists collectionsReturn Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons, 1999
Length3:53

First known performance:
April 25, 1984, Champaign, IL
Last known performance:
October 23, 2010, Mountain View, CA
     (24 known performances)


Alternate versions

Sleepless Nights (Live 1984)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedApril 28, 1984, San Francisco, CA
ReleasedFebruary 28, 1995
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1995
Goodbye Cruel World (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
Length2:40

Sleepless Nights (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters with Emmylou Harris
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Emmylou Harris - vocal
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 17, 2004, Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
ReleasedApril 19, 2005
PromosLive In Memphis Audio Sampler, 2005
VideosClub Date: Live In Memphis, 2005
Goodbye Cruel WorldGCW album cover large.jpg

Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram ParsonsReturn Of The Grievous Angel album cover.jpg

Kojak VarietyKV album cover large.jpg

Club Date: Live In MemphisClub Date Live In Memphis dvd cover.jpg


Chords

  E                   B7                    E   A7
Through the sleepless nights I've cried for you
              D  G#          C#m  E7
And wondered who  is kissing you
            A                     B                E  
Oh, these sleepless nights will break my heart in two

 E                   B7              E  A7 
Somehow through the day I don't give in
            D    G#              C#m  E7        
I hide the tears   that wait within
            A                     B              E
Oh, these sleepless nights will break my heart again
 
G#           C#m   G#          C#m     
Why did you go, oh why did you go?
 A               G#m       F#m
Don't you know, don't you know
C#m     E 
I need you?
 
E              B7                 E  A7
I keep hoping you'll come back to me
           D  G#             C#m E7
Oh let it be,  please let it be
    A                        B                E     E7
My love, please take these sleepless nights from me
            A                     B                E
Oh, these sleepless nights will break my heart in two

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