Taking My Life In Your Hands

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My dear impulsive darling, I suspect my letter got to you too late
And it's really just a silly fragment of paper
But it means so much to those who wait
All the suffering days and nights till I dare dream again
There you suddenly stand and I'll be damned
If you didn't disappear with the dawn

Hours pass and darkness comes
Soon I will close my eyes
Will you return?
If you don't reply, you'll be taking my life in your hands
You'll be taking my life in your hands
Taking my life in your hands

I don't know why, my dearest darling
I can't tell you how I feel when you are near
When I see you have returned my letters unopened
I will tear them up, your voice ringing in my ears
But you're kidding yourself if you think this correspondence will end
I can always pretend words I don't have the courage to send reach you

Hours pass and darkness comes
Soon I will close my eyes
Will you return?
If you don't reply, you'll be taking my life in your hands
You'll be taking my life in your hands
Taking my life in your hands

Taking My Life In Your Hands
Words byDeclan MacManus, Jacqueline Thomas, Marina Thomas & Paul Cassidy
Music byJacqueline Thomas & Declan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
Produced byKevin Killen, Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
MusiciansElvis Costello - voice
Michael Thomas - violin
Ian Belton - violin
Paul Cassidy - viola
Jacqueline Thomas - violoncello
RecordedSeptember 14-October 1, 1992, Church Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 15, 1993
AlbumsThe Juliet Letters, 1993
PromosExcerpts From The Juliet Letters, 1993
Taking My Life In Your Hands, 1993
Malice And Magic (Japan), 1994

First known performance:
July 1, 1992, London, England
Last known performance:
January 20, 2006, Sydney, Australia
     (20 known performances)

The Juliet LettersThe Juliet Letters album cover.jpg

Excerpts From The Juliet LettersExcerpts From The Juliet Letters promo cover.jpg


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