Sour Milk-Cow Blues

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You like coffee and you like tea
Much more than you like me
And everybody says watch out, yeah
For the sour milk-cow blues

You like your coffee just a little too sweet
Without your sugar, life is incomplete
And everybody says watch out, yeah
For the sour milk-cow blues

I think about you everyday
Something about you is not the same
Something about the things you say
Sounds like a different woman with a different name
Sour milk-cow blues
Sour milk-cow blues

You wear a different size and style of shoe
I think that someone must be poisoning you
To replace you with a living double
Get out of my life right now and save them all of the trouble

They changed your complexion and your personality
Somebody's putting ideas in your head
They took the girl of my dreams and left you here instead
Sour milk-cow blues
Sour milk-cow blues

You take your place in this parade of pleas
You dial a number and they offer relief
All alone with just your own device
They give you something and it isn't advice
To break the hearts of a million listeners
Start out as lovers and you end up as prisoners
Somebody's suffering from the things that you do
Somebody's suffering but you're glad it isn't you

Put your fingertips up to the screen
Repeat after me, wake at the count of three
Now I don't know which is worse
What they're doing to you or what you're doing to me
Sour milk-cow blues
Sour milk-cow blues

Sour milk-cow blues
Sour milk-cow blues

Sour Milk-Cow Blues
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Maurice Worm (a.k.a. Steve Nieve) - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
see Goodbye Cruel World credits for possible additional musicians
RecordedFebruary 1984, SARM West Studios, London
ReleasedJune 18, 1984
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World, 1984

First known performance:
February 13, 1984, Strasbourg, France
Last known performance:
November 3, 1984, London, England
     (28 known performances)

Goodbye Cruel WorldGoodbye Cruel World album cover.jpg


Steve Nieve performed live, 2020-08-30, The Immobile Tour Backstage, France 2020 Facebook - 35:05
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2019 YouTube

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