Someone Took The Words Away

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Poor head
Can hardly move my lips for speaking
I said
So, what is this thing I cannot explain?
I'd blame all the things I feel but can't quite place
Perhaps they're written on my face
Someone took the words away

Why don't you speak up and say what you mean?
Summon my powers of conversation
I talk to myself,
I'm fine
When you're around,
Then I decline the invitation

It's strange to finally find myself so tongue-tied
A change has come over me
I'm powerless to express
Every thing I know but cannot speak
And if I try my voice will break
Someone took the words away
Someone took the words away

Someone Took The Words Away
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello & Kevin Killen
Arranged byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Steve Nieve - piano
Peter Erskine - drums
Michael Formanek - bass
Bill Ware - vibraphone
Pamela Sklar - alto flute
John Moses - clarinet
Roger Rosenberg - bass clarinet
Dave Mann - alto sax
Andy Snitzer - tenor sax
Bobby Routch - French horn
Bob Carlisle - French horn
Lew Soloff - flugelhorn
Conrad Herwig - tenor trombone
Lee Konitz - alto sax solo
RecordedApril-May 2003, Nola Studios and/or Avatar Studios, New York
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2003
AlbumsNorth, 2003

First known performance:
July 24, 2003, Calgary, AB, Canada
Last known performance:
July 13, 2004, New York, NY
     (46 known performances)

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