Speak Darkly, My Angel

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Speak darkly, my angel
Or do I have to plead?
The sweetness has gone out of it
And all that's left is bitter barren greed

A needy lover with her almost vanished liar
Entangled as the gloom is strangled by the clinging briar
That ventures out to gather in the gloom

That perfect mouth is ruined now
For as you turn down the corners of your smile
And cloud your dim corrupted eyes
Just before the concertina wrecks your noble brow
The fatal flaw I can't allow

Depart now, my angel
The gaoler of my youth
Sends fifty thousand reasons why I never ever try to tell the truth
The season's over
And it's time for either one of us to go
Stand by the window
But don't lean so temptingly into the drop that calls below
For if you tumble back
I look so good in black

Speak Darkly, My Angel (Live 2004)
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello with The Metropole Orkest
Produced byGert-Jan van den Dolder
Arranged byRichard Harvey
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
The Metropole Orkest
Vince Mendoza - conductor
RecordedJuly 9, 2004, The Hague, Netherlands
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2006
AlbumsMy Flame Burns Blue, 2006

First known performance:
August 4, 1995, New York, NY
Last known performance:
April 1, 2006, Honolulu, HI
     (9 known performances)

My Flame Burns BlueMy Flame Burns Blue album cover.jpg


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