The Costello Performance Index

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Non-album songsSongs written for other artistsUnreleased songs


Top 20 most played songs
Watching The Detectives 1659
Alison 1538
Pump It Up 1423
Peace Love & Understanding 1284
Accidents Will Happen 888
Chelsea 884
Red Shoes 883
Everyday I Write The Book 815
Shipbuilding 745
Radio, Radio 738
Oliver's Army 698
Mystery Dance 696
Clubland 649
Beyond Belief 576
You Belong To Me 571
I Can't Stand Up 543
I Want You 505
Man Out Of Time 497
Veronica 494
Lipstick Vogue 469


The purpose of The Costello Performance Index is to list the first and most recent live performances of every song officially released by Elvis Costello. The songs are sorted by album.

Almost all of the information listed here is based on the setlists posted on this website. Because the collection of setlists is incomplete, this information should not be considered definitive.


My Aim Is True (1977)

first performance most recent
01. Welcome To The Working Week 1977-07-21 2014-09-08
02. Miracle Man 1977-07-21 2015-07-24 An embryonic version of this song was played in 1975.
03. No Dancing 1977-07-21 2015-06-04
04. Blame It On Cain 1977-07-21 2016-10-18
05. Alison 1977-05-27 2017
06. Sneaky Feelings 1977-07-21 2016-10-04
07. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes 1977-05-27 2017-04-29
08. Less Than Zero 1977-07-21 2017-03-16
09. Mystery Dance 1977-05-27 2017-02-22
10. Pay It Back 1975-11-30 2014-10-26
11. I'm Not Angry 1977-05-27 2014-10-02
12. Waiting For The End Of The World 1977-05-27 2017-04-29
13. Watching The Detectives 1977-07-21 2017
Bonus Tracks
01. Radio Sweetheart 1977-07-21 2015-10-22
02. Stranger In The House 1977-08-21 2015-10-26
03. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself 1977-09-04 2015-07-23
04. Imagination (Is A Powerful Deceiver) 1975-11-30 2014-10-26 This song was likely played at other Flip City concerts.
05. Cheap Reward 2006-05-19 (with Billie Joe Armstrong) 2015-06-02
06. Jump Up 2007-11-08 (late show) 2014-10-21
07. Wave A White Flag 2007-11-08 (late show) 2017-03-08
08. Poison Moon 2007-11-08 (early show) 2017-03-20
09. Blue Minute 2006-01-22 2015-05-31
10. Call On Me never never
11. I Don't Want To Go Home 2007-11-08 (early show) 2009-06-16
12. I Hear A Melody 2005-09-28 2015-10-22 The earliest known performances of Cheap Reward, Jump Up, Wave A White Flag, Poison Moon, Blue Minute, I Don't Want To Go Home, and I Hear A Melody are from 2005-2007, but it is possible that some of these featured in Costello's pre-fame concert repertoire.

This Year's Model (1978)

first performance most recent
01. No Action 1977-07-21 2016-07-19
02. This Year's Girl 1977-10-15 2017-03-20
03. The Beat 1977-07-21 2016-08-27
04. Pump It Up 1977-11-05 2017
05. Little Triggers 1977-10-15 2016-07-17
06. You Belong To Me 1977-08-21 2015-06-03
07. Hand In Hand 1977-10-13 2016-11-03
08. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea 1977-07-21 2017
09. Lip Service 1977-07-21 2017-03-02
10. Living In Paradise 1977-11-15 (late show) 2013-11-25
11. Lipstick Vogue 1977-07-21 2016-11-07
12. Night Rally 1977-07-21 2016-11-07
13. Radio, Radio 1977-08-21 2017-04-29
Bonus Tracks
01. Big Tears 1977-10-31 2017-04-29
02. Crawling To The USA 1977-07-21 1977-07-27
03. Running Out Of Angels never never
04. Neat Neat Neat 1977-10-22 1977-12-07 (late show)
05. Roadette Song 1977-10-21 1979-04-12

Armed Forces (1979)

first performance most recent
01. Accidents Will Happen 1978-04-16 2017
02. Senior Service 1978-12-28 2014-06-27
03. Oliver's Army 1978-04-16 2017-03-20
04. Big Boys 1978-04-12 2014-06-27
05. Green Shirt 1978-04-12 2017
06. Party Girl 1978-05-04 2016-10-26
07. Goon Squad 1978-04-01 1984-04-19
08. Busy Bodies 1978-05-30 1979-02-14
09. Sunday's Best 1977-10-31 2016-07-19 Until 2016-07-06, the last known performance was 1978-04-12.
10. Moods For Moderns 1978-03-29 2017 Until 2016-07-06, the last known full performance was 1980-06-13.
11. Chemistry Class 1978-02-28 1979-04-06
12. Two Little Hitlers 1978-03-29 2016-04-02
13. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? 1978-06-23 2017
Bonus Tracks
01. Tiny Steps 1978-11-03 2013-11-18
02. Talking In The Dark 1979-01-26 2017
03. Clean Money never never
04. Wednesday Week 1981-03-04 1981-03-04
05. My Funny Valentine 1989-05-21 2016-09-06

Get Happy!! (1980)

first performance most recent
01. Love For Tender 1979-12-10 1981-01-04
02. Opportunity 1979-01-30 2015-03-07
03. The Imposter 1979-12-13 2013-12-12
04. Secondary Modern 1979-08-28 2014-03-08
05. King Horse 1980-02-06 2017
06. Possession 1979-12-10 2017
07. Men Called Uncle 1979-08-29 2013-11-18
08. Clowntime Is Over 1979-08-28 2016-04-07
09. New Amsterdam 1980-04-16 2017-03-08
10. High Fidelity 1979-03-25 2017
11. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down 1979-12-10 2017-03-20
12. Black And White World 1980-02-29 2014-03-16
13. 5ive Gears In Reverse 1979-08-28 2012-06-05
14. B Movie 1979-03-08 2014-07-14
15. Motel Matches 1979-02-14 2017-03-18
16. Human Touch 1979-12-10 1981-01-30
17. Beaten To The Punch 1980-08-12 2014-04-27
18. Temptation 1980-03-01 2015-07-23 Idle Hands, an early version of this song, was first performed 1979-03-22.
19. I Stand Accused 1978-11-06 2015-06-13
20. Riot Act 1984-04-10 2016-07-19
Bonus Tracks
01. So Young 1979-05-30 1987-12-10
02. Girls Talk 1978-11-03 2015-05-31
03. Getting Mighty Crowded 1984-08-03 1987-01-24
04. Dr. Luther's Assistant 1977-10-22 2014-07-14
05. Ghost Train 2009-09-21 (TV taping) 2017-03-20
06. Hoover Factory 1977-08-07 2016-05-14
07. Just A Memory 1981-01-05 2015-06-03
08. Seven O'Clock never never
09. Don't Look Back 1980-04-02 1982-09-18

Trust (1981)

first performance most recent
01. Clubland 1980-07-11 2017
02. Lovers Walk 1980-07-11 2007-05-19
03. You'll Never Be A Man 1980-07-11 2017 Until 2016-10-22, the last known performance was 1996-08-10.
04. Pretty Words 1980-12-27 2013-06-19
05. Strict Time 1980-11-13 2014-09-02
06. Luxembourg 1980-09-29 2013-07-16
07. Watch Your Step 1980-03-20 2017-03-16
08. New Lace Sleeves 1980-09-29 2017-03-19
09. From A Whisper To A Scream 1980-07-11 2013-06-30
10. Different Finger 1981-01-20 2013-11-08
11. White Knuckles 1980-11-13 2013-11-27
12. Shot With His Own Gun 1980-08-17 2017
13. Fish 'N' Chip Paper 1980-11-13 1980-11-30
14. Big Sister's Clothes 1980-11-13 2011-07-26
Bonus Tracks
01. Black Sails In The Sunset 1981-01-28 2011-06-27
02. Big Sister never never
03. Twenty-Five To Twelve never never
04. Sad About Girls 1979-01-30 1979-02-14
05. Slow Down 1980-08-12 2013-08-03
06. Love For Sale never never
07. Weeper's Dream never never
08. Gloomy Sunday 1981-02-02 2014-10-24

Almost Blue (1981)

first performance most recent
01. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)? 1981-03-04 2015-08-05
02. Sweet Dreams 1981-03-16 2016-07-17
03. Success 1981-12-29 1982-01-13
04. I'm Your Toy 1981-12-23 2015-06-17
05. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down 1978-05-22 2016-07-17
06. Brown To Blue 1981-12-31 1984-04-26
07. Good Year For The Roses 1981-12-21 2017-03-08
08. Sittin' And Thinkin' 1981-07-30 2005-03-17
09. Colour Of The Blues 1981-03-28 2010-04-26
10. Too Far Gone 1981-01-16 2015-08-08 Until 2015-08-08, the last known performance was 1982-01-07.
11. Honey Hush 1981-07-30 2005-02-17
12. How Much I Lied 1981-03-27 2013-06-13
Bonus Tracks
01. We Oughta Be Ashamed never never
02. Psycho 1979-02-16 (early show) 2014-10-18
03. If I Could Put Them All Together (I'd Have You) 1979-02-16 (early show) 1979-02-16 (late show)
04. He'll Have To Go 1978-12-29 1987-12-12 A snippet has been performed as a medley with Alison many times over the years, including in 2009.
05. He's Got You 1980-11-13 2013-11-25
06. Honky Tonk Girl never never
07. That's Why I'm Walking never never
08. Wondering 1982-07-16 2003-07-16
09. Darling, You Know I Wouldn't Lie never never
10. My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You 2015-06-22 2015-06-22
11. Blues Keep Calling never never
12. Cry, Cry, Cry 1981-07-30 2015-03-10
13. I'll Take Care Of You 1981-03-08 2013-01-25
14. Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven never never
15. Brand New Heartache 1981-07-30 2010-10-23 These two are the only known performances.
16. There Won't Be Anymore 1981-03-16 1981-07-30

Imperial Bedroom (1982)

first performance most recent
01. Beyond Belief 1981-12-23 2017
02. Tears Before Bedtime 1981-08-29 2017
03. Shabby Doll 1981-12-21 2017
04. The Long Honeymoon 1981-08-29 2017
05. Man Out Of Time 1981-08-29 2017
06. Almost Blue 1981-12-21 2017
07. ...And In Every Home 1982-05-21 2017 Until 2016-10-22, the last known performance was 1983-08-05.
08. The Loved Ones 1996-08-13 2017
09. Human Hands 1981-03-01 2017
10. Kid About It 1981-12-24 2017
11. Little Savage 1982-08-06 2017
12. Boy With A Problem 1982-07-17 2017 Until 2017-06-07, the only known full performance was 1982-07-17.
13. Pidgin English 1981-12-23 2017 Until 2016-10-22, the last known performance was 1987-01-22.
14. You Little Fool 1982-04-20 2017
15. Town Cryer 1981-08-29 2017
Bonus Tracks
01. The Land Of Give And Take never never
02. Little Goody Two Shoes 1981-03-04 1981-08-29
03. The Town Where Time Stood Still 1981-08-29 2016-11-06 Until 2016-10-22, the only known performance was 1981-08-29.
04. I Turn Around 2011-11-10 2011-11-12
05. From Head To Toe 1982-05-21 2008-08-06 (TV taping)
06. The World Of Broken Hearts 1982-09-02 1982-09-02
07. Night Time 2012-04-29 2012-04-29
08. Really Mystified 1977-12-16 (late show) 1977-12-16 (late show)
09. The Stamping Ground never never
10. Seconds Of Pleasure 2016-10-22 2016-11-07
11. Imperial Bedroom 1982-05-25 1984-11-13

Punch The Clock (1983)

first performance most recent
01. Let Them All Talk 1983-06-03 1984-11-03
02. Everyday I Write The Book 1982-09-24 2017
03. The Greatest Thing 1983-06-03 1984-11-02
04. The Element Within Her 1983-12-21 2011-05-15 These two are the only known performances.
05. Love Went Mad never never
06. Shipbuilding 1982-05-25 2017-03-20
07. TKO (Boxing Day) 1983-06-03 1983-12-22 (late show)
08. Charm School 1983-03-09 (TV) 1984-12-03
09. The Invisible Man 1983-03-09 (TV) 2013-06-13
10. Mouth Almighty 1982-12-21 2015-06-09
11. King Of Thieves 1983-09-19 1998-02-11
12. Pills And Soap 1983-06-06 (TV) 2016-11-07
13. The World And His Wife 1982-12-21 1984-12-03
Bonus Tracks
01. Baby Pictures 1982-12-24 1982-12-27
02. Heathen Town 1983-09-12 2013-11-19
03. The Flirting Kind 2013-11-10 2013-11-12
04. Walking On Thin Ice never never
05. Danger Zone 1982-08-19 1989-04-01
06. Shatterproof never never
07. The Bells 1983-08-19 1984-04-25 A snippet was performed in a medley with Town Cryer in 2016.

Goodbye Cruel World (1984)

first performance most recent
01. The Only Flame In Town 1984-02-13 2017-03-09
02. Home Truth 1984-02-13 2015-06-14
03. Room With No Number 1984-05-12 1984-08-03
04. Inch By Inch 1984-02-14 2011-11-03
05. Worthless Thing 1984-04-10 2015-03-05
06. Love Field 1984-02-17 2016-10-11
07. I Wanna Be Loved 1983-12-19 2017 Until 2017-06-01, the last known performance was 2004-04-16.
08. The Comedians 1982-12-27 2016-05-10
09. Joe Porterhouse 1984-02-14 1984-10-29
10. Sour Milk-Cow Blues 1984-02-13 1984-11-03
11. The Great Unknown 1983-09-12 2001-06-26
12. The Deportees Club 1984-02-13 1984-11-03 The rewritten Deportee is listed separately with the King Of America bonus tracks.
13. Peace In Our Time 1983-11-13 2013-11-03
Bonus Tracks
01. Young Boy Blues 1984-08-07 1984-11-03
02. Turning The Town Red 1983-12-22 (late show) 2013-11-23
03. Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) 1983-03-03 1983-03-05
04. Get Yourself Another Fool 1984-10-22 2005-11-05
05. Baby It's You 1984-09-05 2015-03-14
06. She Loves The Jerk 1983-12-22 (late show) 1985-03-31 (with John Hiatt)
07. Withered And Died 1984-11-14 2014-06-21
08. Mystery Voice never never
09. Blue Murder On Union Avenue never never
10. What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend 1984-04-10 1985-06-27

King Of America (1986)

first performance most recent
01. Brilliant Mistake 1985-03-09 2017-04-29
02. Lovable 1986-07-04 2013-11-23
03. Our Little Angel 1985-06-20 2017-03-06
04. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood 1986-01-31 2015-06-09
05. Glitter Gulch 1986-10-03 1987-12-10
06. Indoor Fireworks 1985-04-25 2017
07. Little Palaces 1985-06-20 2013-11-23
08. I'll Wear It Proudly 1985-04-25 2017-03-11
09. American Without Tears 1985-06-20 2016-10-07
10. Eisenhower Blues never never
11. Poisoned Rose 1985-04-25 2017-02-24
12. The Big Light 1985-03-17 2009-06-16
13. Jack Of All Parades 1986-10-01 2014-10-17
14. Suit Of Lights 1986-10-05 2017-03-12
15. Sleep Of The Just 1985-03-09 2015-05-30
Bonus Tracks
01. Having It All 1984-11-25 1995-06-28
02. Suffering Face 1984-11-02 2013-11-08
03. Deportee 1985-04-25 2016-04-03
04. The People's Limousine 1984-11-30 2006-10-08
05. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me 1985-06-27 2009-06-11 These two are the only known performances.
06. King Of Confidence 1985-06-22 2013-11-27
07. Shoes Without Heels 1985-04-25 1986-11-29
08. End Of The Rainbow 1984-08-15 2014-06-11
09. Betrayal 1985-03-09 1985-06-25
10. It Tears Me Up 1986-10-03 2013-11-27
11. The Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line 1986-10-03 2006-10-06
12. Your Mind Is On Vacation 1986-10-02 2010-11-21
13. Your Funeral My Trial 1986-10-02 2010-11-03
14. True Love Ways 1986-10-23 1987-03-29

Blood & Chocolate (1986)

first performance most recent
01. Uncomplicated 1986-05-17 2017
02. I Hope You're Happy Now 1984-08-03 2016-10-04
03. Tokyo Storm Warning 1986-10-04 2013-12-13
04. Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head 1986-10-05 2013-11-08
05. I Want You 1986-10-02 2017-03-16
06. Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind? 1986-07-04 2013-06-23
07. Blue Chair 1985-03-09 2016-04-02
08. Battered Old Bird 1986-10-05 2013-06-14
09. Crimes Of Paris 1986-10-05 2014-10-25
10. Poor Napoleon 1986-10-05 2016-05-31
11. Next Time 'Round 1985-04-25 2013-11-23
Bonus Tracks
01. New Rhythm Method never never
02. Forgive Her Anything 1986-10-02 1986-11-24
03. Seven Day Weekend never never
04. Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo never never
05. American Without Tears No. 2 (Twilight Version) 1986-10-02 2007-09-11
06. Tell Me Right Now 1983-12-19 2014-10-04
07. Lonely Blue Boy 2007-09-11 2014-10-18
08. A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing) never never Although never given a full-fledged performance, an instrumental snippet was played during some 1986-1987 concerts.
09. Return To Big Nothing never never

Spike (1989)

first performance most recent
01. ...This Town... 1988-05-04 1989-09-15
02. Let Him Dangle 1987-11-05 2011-10-03
03. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror 1989-02-06 2017-03-20
04. Veronica 1987-11-16 2017-03-18
05. God's Comic 1987-11-05 2016-05-14
06. Chewing Gum 1989-04-14 2002-10-23
07. Tramp The Dirt Down 1987-05-24 (radio) 2017-03-20
08. Stalin Malone 1995-06-28 2001-11-07 A snippet was performed in a medley with Watching The Detectives as early as 1989-06-30.
09. Satellite 1989-05-14 1989-05-14
10. Pads, Paws And Claws 1987-11-17 2016-10-14
11. Baby Plays Around 1989-02-06 2001-06-06 (sung by Anne Sofie von Otter) The last Elvis-sung version was 1999-12-18.
12. Miss Macbeth 1987-11-24 1989-09-15
13. Any King's Shilling 1987-01-22 2013-11-03
14. Coal-Train Robberies 1989-04-22 2013-11-03 These two are the only known performances.
15. Last Boat Leaving 1987-11-21 2016-04-07
Bonus Tracks
01. The Ugly Things never never
02. You're No Good 1989-04-15 1989-04-15 A snippet was performed as early as 1987-01-30 (as a medley with Sally Sue Brown) and as recently as 2013 (as a medley with So Like Candy).
03. Point Of No Return (Goffin/King song) 1984-11-28 2014-10-29
04. The Room Nobody Lives In never never

Mighty Like A Rose (1991)

first performance most recent
01. The Other Side Of Summer 1991-05-18 (TV) 2016-08-27
02. Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over) 1990-10-26 2016-10-15
03. How To Be Dumb 1991-05-25 2004-10-06
04. All Grown Up 1991-05-25 2015-06-06
05. Invasion Hit Parade 1991-05-25 2016-05-27
06. Harpies Bizarre 1991-06-12 2013-11-27
07. After The Fall 1991-07-23 2016-05-28
08. Georgie And Her Rival 1991-05-25 1991-07-13
09. So Like Candy 1989-05-21 2017-02-28
10. Interlude: Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 2 never never
11. Playboy To A Man 1991-05-26 1991-09-23
12. Sweet Pear 1991-05-26 2004-05-21
13. Broken 1991-08-30 1991-08-30
14. Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 4 1990-10-26 2014-10-29
Bonus Tracks
01. Just Another Mystery 2014-10-24 2014-10-24
02. Mischievous Ghost never never
03. St. Stephen's Day Murders 1995-06-30 2010-12-20
04. I Still Miss Someone 1984-10-15 2012-05-23
05. The Last Town I Painted 1987-03-29 2012-10-06 (late show)
06. Put Your Big Toe In The Milk Of Human Kindness 1986-11-04 1987-04-24

The Juliet Letters (1993)

first performance most recent
01. Deliver Us 1992-07-01 2009-04-29
02. For Other Eyes 1992-07-01 2009-04-29
03. Swine 1992-07-01 2001-06-26
04. Expert Rites 1992-07-01 2006-01-20
05. Dead Letter 1992-07-01 2006-01-20
06. I Almost Had A Weakness 1992-07-01 2009-04-29
07. Why? 1992-07-01 2001-06-26
08. Who Do You Think You Are? 1992-07-01 2006-01-20
09. Taking My Life In Your Hands 1992-07-01 2006-01-20
10. This Offer Is Unrepeatable 1992-07-01 1996-04-27
11. Dear Sweet Filthy World 1992-07-01 1995-01-28
12. The Letter Home 1992-07-01 2006-01-20 An instrumental snippet was played as an introduction to Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 4 at some 1991 concerts.
13. Jacksons, Monk And Rowe 1992-07-01 2009-04-29
14. This Sad Burlesque 1992-07-01 2006-01-20
15. Romeo's Seance 1992-07-01 2009-04-29
16. I Thought I'd Write To Juliet 1992-07-01 2009-04-29
17. Last Post 1992-07-01 2009-04-29
18. The First To Leave 1992-07-01 1995-01-28
19. Damnation's Cellar 1992-07-01 1995-01-28
20. The Birds Will Still Be Singing 1992-07-01 2014-10-20
Bonus Tracks
01. She Moved Through The Fair 1985-06-20 1995-11-07
02. King Of The Unknown Sea 1992-11-01 1996-07-09
03. Skeleton 1995-06-28 1996-07-09
04. More Than Rain 1993-02-22 2006-01-20
05. God Only Knows 1993-02-22 1996-07-09
06. They Didn't Believe Me 1993-02-22 2006-01-20
07. O Mistress Mine 1996-10-19 2013-06-23
08. Come Away, Death 1996-10-19 1996-11-09
09. Can She Excuse My Wrongs 1995-07-01 1996-10-27
10. Fire Suite 1 2000-05-04 (TV) 2000-11-14
11. Fire Suite 3 2000-05-05 2000-11-14
12. Fire Suite Reprise 2000-05-05 2000-11-14 Either Fire Suite 3 or Fire Suite Reprise was performed 2004-09-03.
13. Lost In The Stars 1993-02-22 1996-04-27

Brutal Youth (1994)

first performance most recent
01. Pony St. 1994-05-03 2013-11-25
02. Kinder Murder 1994-05-03 2016-04-13
03. 13 Steps Lead Down 1994-04-01 (TV) 2014-10-26
04. This Is Hell 1994-05-03 2003-11-03
05. Clown Strike 1994-05-05 2016-10-18
06. You Tripped At Every Step 1994-05-03 2016-10-28
07. Still Too Soon To Know 1994-05-03 2015-06-06
08. 20% Amnesia 1994-05-08 1994-09-30
09. Sulky Girl 1994-04-20 (radio) 2015-07-30
10. London's Brilliant Parade 1994-05-03 2016-05-10
11. My Science Fiction Twin 1994-05-10 1994-11-15
12. Rocking Horse Road 1994-04-20 (radio) 2017-03-16
13. Just About Glad 1994-05-03 2017-03-19
14. All The Rage 1994-04-20 (radio) 2016-04-03
15. Favourite Hour 1992-08-13 2013-11-06
Bonus Tracks
01. Life Shrinks never never
02. Idiophone never never
03. Abandon Words never never
04. Poisoned Letter never never
05. A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety 1992-09-06 1992-09-06

Kojak Variety (1995)

first performance most recent
01. Strange 1991-05-25 1995-07-02
02. Hidden Charms 1989-04-20 2016-04-01
03. Remove This Doubt 1995-05-17 2015-06-17 These two are the only known performances.
04. I Threw It All Away 1984-04-10 2016-05-23
05. Leave My Kitten Alone 1986-05-17 2017-04-29
06. Everybody's Crying Mercy 1991-05-25 2014-10-29
07. I've Been Wrong Before 1995-05-16 (TV taping) 2012-05-22
08. Bama Lama Bama Loo 1991-05-25 1995-07-02
09. Must You Throw Dirt In My Face 1985-03-09 2007-04-27
10. Pouring Water On A Drowning Man 1984-04-22 2004-12-05
11. The Very Thought Of You 1986-06-06 (with Chet Baker) 1995-05-17 This song was also played during the 2003 Piano Jazz session.
12. Payday 1986-10-02 2014-06-14
13. Please Stay 1986-11-16 2008-08-06 (TV taping)
14. Running Out Of Fools 1984-04-24 2012-10-02
15. Days 1988-02-20 (with Chrissie Hynde) 2012-02-11
Bonus Tracks
01. Ship Of Fools 1987-04-16 2011-03-27
02. My Resistance Is Low 2009-06-09 2010-07-18 A snippet was performed in a medley with Pump It Up 1989-06-30.
03. Innocent When You Dream never never
04. I'm Coming Home never never
05. The Dark End Of The Street 1984-04-18 2016-04-08
06. Congratulations never never
07. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go never never
08. Still Feeling Blue never never
09. Brilliant Disguise 1996-05-26 2012-03-01
10. How Long Has This Been Going On never never
11. Sleepless Nights 1984-04-25 2010-10-23
12. Step Inside Love never never
13. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away 1985-07-01 2016-06-04
14. Sally Sue Brown 1986-10-02 2010-07-02
15. Sticks And Stones never never
16. That's How You Got Killed Before 1986-10-02 2010-02-04 (radio)
17. The Night Before Larry Was Stretched never never
18. But Not For Me never never
19. Full Force Gale 1995-06-25 1995-06-25

Deep Dead Blue (1995)

first performance most recent
01. Weird Nightmare 1995-06-25 2008-08-06 (TV taping)
02. Shamed Into Love 1987-03-29 2001-06-06 (with Anne Sofie von Otter)
03. Gigi 1995-06-25 2004-05-21
04. Deep Dead Blue 1995-06-25 2004-05-21

All This Useless Beauty (1996)

first performance most recent
01. The Other End Of The Telescope 1989-04-01 2013-11-08
02. Little Atoms 1995-03-24 2013-11-19
03. All This Useless Beauty 1994-11-18 2017-02-28
04. Complicated Shadows 1994-11-08 2016-10-06
05. Why Can't A Man Stand Alone? 1995-08-02 2011-10-06
06. Distorted Angel 1995-03-31 2014-09-25
07. Shallow Grave 1995-03-24 2007-05-09
08. Poor Fractured Atlas 1994-11-11 2011-10-03
09. Starting To Come To Me 1995-03-24 2014-09-29
10. You Bowed Down 1991-05-25 2013-06-19
11. It's Time 1995-03-30 1996-09-10
12. I Want To Vanish 1994-11-25 2017-03-02
Bonus Tracks
01. Almost Ideal Eyes 1995-08-04 2006-09-07
02. My Dark Life 1996-05-15 2014-10-25
03. That Day Is Done 1987-11-05 2017-02-23
04. What Do I Do Now? never never
05. The Bridge I Burned 2001-06-26 2001-06-26
06. Mistress And Maid 1995-03-23 (with Paul McCartney) 2013-11-26
07. World's Great Optimist 2015-06-04 2015-06-04
08. The Days Take Care Of Everything never never

Painted From Memory (1998)

first performance most recent
01. In The Darkest Place 1998-10-13 2015-06-26
02. Toledo 1998-09-08 2017-03-19
03. I Still Have That Other Girl 1998-09-04 (TV) 2017
04. This House Is Empty Now 1998-04-08 (TV taping) 2017
05. Tears At The Birthday Party 1998-10-13 1999-07-11
06. Such Unlikely Lovers 1998-10-13 1999-02-13
07. My Thief 1998-10-13 1999-02-19
08. The Long Division 1998-10-13 1998-10-29
09. Painted From Memory 1998-10-03 2006-06-02
10. The Sweetest Punch 1998-10-13 1999-05-01
11. What's Her Name Today? 1998-10-13 1999-12-18
12. God Give Me Strength 1995-04-11 2014-09-06

For The Stars (2001)

first performance most recent
01. No Wonder 2001-02-13 2011-11-07
02. Rope 2009-10-13 2009-10-17
03. Broken Bicycles / Junk 2001-06-06 (with Anne Sofie von Otter) 2001-06-06 (with Anne Sofie von Otter)
04. Green Song 2001-06-06 (with Anne Sofie von Otter) 2001-06-06 (with Anne Sofie von Otter)
05. Just A Curio never never
06. Take It With Me 2001-06-06 (with Anne Sofie von Otter) 2016-09-19
07. For The Stars 2001-06-06 (with Anne Sofie von Otter) 2014-06-25

When I Was Cruel (2002)

first performance most recent
01. 45 1999-09-29 (TV) 2017-03-20
02. Spooky Girlfriend 2001-02-13 2014-03-16
03. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) 2002-03-09 (TV taping) 2013-06-06
04. When I Was Cruel No. 2 2001-05-04 2016-04-11
05. Soul For Hire 1999-10-16 2002-10-19
06. 15 Petals 2002-04-15 2002-11-06
07. Tart 2002-04-15 2014-10-25
08. Dust 2... 2001-05-04 2006-09-07
09. Dissolve 2002-05-30 2007-05-16
10. Alibi 1999-09-30 2016-07-17
11. ...Dust See Dust 2... above.
12. Daddy Can I Turn This? 1996-07-27 2011-06-20
13. My Little Blue Window 2002-04-16 2015-06-26
14. Episode Of Blonde 2002-04-15 2013-08-07
15. Radio Silence 2002-05-19 2011-11-10
Bonus Tracks & Cruel Smile
01. Smile 2002-06-28 2013-12-13
02. When I Was Cruel (No. 1) 1999-10-01 2002-11-03
03. Oh Well 1999-10-16 2001-02-13 This was also performed at a radio session recorded 2002-05-12 (and broadcast 2002-05-17).

North (2003)

first performance most recent
01. You Left Me In The Dark 2003-07-23 2004-03-16 The instrumental "prelude" has been played (without the rest of the song) in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
02. Someone Took The Words Away 2003-07-24 2004-07-13
03. When Did I Stop Dreaming? 2003-09-22 2004-07-13
04. You Turned To Me 2003-07-21 2014-09-29
05. Fallen 2003-07-21 2013-11-17
06. When It Sings 2003-03-29 2014-09-27
07. Still 2003-07-21 2017
08. Let Me Tell You About Her 2003-09-22 2015-03-09
09. Can You Be True? 2003-07-21 2006-09-06
10. When Green Eyes Turn Blue 2003-09-24 2004-07-13
11. I'm In The Mood Again 2003-09-12 2014-10-17
Bonus Tracks
01. Impatience never never
02. Too Blue never never
03. North 2003-07-03 2004-03-15

The Delivery Man (2004)

first performance most recent
01. Button My Lip 2004-04-02 2005-06-28
02. Country Darkness 2004-03-07 2015-07-23
03. There's A Story In Your Voice 2004-04-02 2014-06-17
04. Either Side Of The Same Town 2003-07-02 2016-09-09
05. Bedlam 2004-04-02 2017
06. The Delivery Man 2004-03-07 2014-10-14
07. Monkey To Man 2004-03-12 2015-08-03
08. Nothing Clings Like Ivy 2004-03-12 2016-10-18
09. The Name Of This Thing Is Not Love 2004-04-02 2017-02-27
10. Heart Shaped Bruise 1999-10-27 2013-11-10
11. Needle Time 2004-03-07 2011-07-18
12. The Judgement 2002-03-09 (TV taping, song not broadcast) 2013-11-27
13. The Scarlet Tide 2004-01-27 2016-09-07
Bonus Tracks & The Clarksdale Sessions
01. She's Pulling Out The Pin 2004-04-02 2017-03-11
02. The Monkey 2004-09-17 (late show) 2005-09-20 (with Dave Bartholomew)
03. In Another Room 2004-04-03 2017

My Flame Burns Blue (2006)

first performance most recent
01. Hora Decubitus 2001-09-27 2008-06-25
02. Upon A Veil Of Midnight Blue 1995-06-28 2006-09-07
03. Speak Darkly, My Angel 1995-08-04 2006-04-01
04. Put Away Forbidden Playthings 1995-07-01 2004-07-13
05. My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count) 2004-07-08 2010-05-29

The River In Reverse (2006)

first performance most recent
01. On Your Way Down 2005-09-20 2017
02. Nearer To You 2006-02-20 2015-03-12
03. Tears, Tears And More Tears 2006-04-30 2008-04-27 A snippet was performed in a medley with Pump It Up as early as 1983-11-08.
04. The Sharpest Thorn 2006-02-20 2017-02-28
05. Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further? 2006-02-20 2016-04-28
06. The River In Reverse 2005-09-24 2016-10-03
07. Freedom For The Stallion 2005-09-04 2016-06-05
08. Broken Promise Land 2006-05-24 2008-04-27 Lyrics from this song are routinely included in performances of The River In Reverse.
09. Ascension Day 2006-02-20 2017-03-12
10. International Echo 2006-02-20 2007-07-29
11. All These Things 1982-04-21 2013-04-30
12. Wonder Woman 2006-04-30 2016-04-28
13. Six-Fingered Man 2006-06-11 2006-07-18
Bonus Tracks
01. The Greatest Love 2006-05-01 2013-04-30
02. Where Is The Love never never

Momofuku (2008)

first performance most recent
01. No Hiding Place 2008-04-22 2009-07-10
02. American Gangster Time 2006-10-06 (T Bone Burnett concert) 2017-04-29
03. Turpentine 2008-04-22 2015-03-03
04. Harry Worth 2008-04-22 2015-06-06
05. Drum & Bone 2008-04-22 2013-11-06
06. Flutter & Wow 2008-04-22 2016-07-16
07. Stella Hurt 2008-04-22 2017-03-20
08. Mr. Feathers 2008-04-23 2015-05-31
09. My Three Sons 2008-04-22 2017
10. Song With Rose 2007-09-29 2014-09-27
11. Pardon Me, Madam, My Name Is Eve 2007-10-04 2013-11-25
12. Go Away 2008-04-22 2009-07-05

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (2009)

first performance most recent
01. Down Among The Wines And Spirits 2007-09-19 2011-11-04
02. Complicated Shadows See All This Useless Beauty section.
03. I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came 2007-09-20 2015-03-03
04. My All Time Doll 2008-05-06 2014-10-02
05. Hidden Shame 1991-05-25 2010-07-23
06. She Handed Me A Mirror 2005-10-08 2017-03-06
07. I Dreamed Of My Old Lover 1999-09-30 2014-09-25
08. How Deep Is The Red? 2005-10-08 2013-11-06 The 2005-10-08 and 2008 performances were sung by Gisela Stille. The first EC-sung version was 2005-10-15.
09. She Was No Good 2005-10-08 2009-10-17
10. Sulphur To Sugarcane 2007-09-25 2016-10-17
11. Red Cotton 2005-10-08 2011-07-18
12. The Crooked Line 2005-07-22 2011-11-12
13. Changing Partners 2009-04-17 2017-02-20
Bonus Tracks
01. Femme Fatale 2008-04-16 (TV taping) 2014-06-17
02. What Lewis Did Last 2001-04-25 2007-04-27
03. Dirty Rotten Shame 1994-11-08 2013-11-12

National Ransom (2010)

first performance most recent
01. National Ransom 2010-10-03 2012-09-29
02. Jimmie Standing In The Rain 2010-02-04 (radio) 2017-03-20
03. Stations Of The Cross 2010-02-07 2016-07-17
04. A Slow Drag With Josephine 2010-04-07 2014-10-28
05. Five Small Words 2009-06-02 2013-11-25
06. Church Underground 2011-04-21 2017-03-20
07. You Hung The Moon 2009-04-29 2013-11-11
08. Bullets For The New-Born King 2010-04-07 2013-11-22
09. I Lost You 2009-09-03 2013-01-30
10. Dr. Watson, I Presume 2008-10-05 2013-11-14
11. One Bell Ringing 2009-04-23 2015-07-22
12. The Spell That You Cast 2010-04-07 2012-06-02
13. That's Not The Part Of Him You're Leaving 2009-08-28 2016-10-18
14. My Lovely Jezebel 2010-10-28 2016-11-23
15. All These Strangers 2010-07-18 2016-07-11
16. A Voice In The Dark 2010-12-04 2014-06-25
Bonus Track & National Ransack
01. I Hope 2010-06-21 2014-04-27
02. Poor Borrowed Dress 2009-09-02 2010-11-02
03. Condemned Man 2009-04-29 2015-08-03
04. Big Boys Cry 2010-04-29 2014-10-18
05. I Don't Want To Go Home See My Aim Is True section.

Wise Up Ghost (2013)

first performance most recent
01. Walk Us Uptown 2013-09-16 2016-07-19
02. Sugar Won't Work 2013-09-16 2016-04-28
03. Refuse To Be Saved 2013-09-16 2013-09-16
04. Wake Me Up 2013-09-16 2014-03-16
05. Tripwire 2013-09-10 2016-05-25
06. Stick Out Your Tongue 2013-09-16 2014-03-16
07. Come The Meantimes 2013-11-19 2016-06-06
08. (She Might Be A) Grenade never never
09. Cinco Minutos Con Vos 2013-09-16 2017-03-20
10. Viceroy's Row 2013-11-19 2017-03-18
11. Wise Up Ghost 2013-09-16 2014-09-06
12. If I Could Believe 2013-11-14 2014-10-18
Bonus Tracks
01. My New Haunt 2013-11-27 2014-10-14
02. Can You Hear Me? never never
03. The Puppet Has Cut His Strings 2013-11-04 2014-07-17

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes (2014)

first performance most recent
01. Married To My Hack 2014-10-12 2014-11-13
02. Golden Tom - Silver Judas 2014-10-12 2015-06-10
03. Lost On The River #12 2014-10-01 2016-10-13
04. Six Months In Kansas City (Liberty Street) 2014-10-07 2015-03-05

Non-album songs

first performance most recent
American Tune 2006-07-04 2006-07-18
April 5th 2008-09-15 (TV taping) 2015-11-10
Are You Havin' Any Fun? 2006-09-25 (TV) 2006-09-26
Aubergine 1996-07-09 1997-02-12
Basement Kiss 1994-09-24 2009-10-17
Beautiful never never
Bright Blue Times 1998-02-15 1998-02-15
Carpetbaggers 2008-09-09 (TV taping) 2010-10-01
Crazy 2003-04-09 2003-04-09
Crying Time 1989-06-30 2013-01-19
Despair never never
Do You Know What I'm Saying? 2012-04-12 2012-05-16 as part of a medley with All This Useless Beauty
Doncha Go 'Way Mad 1996-07-09 1997-02-13 (TV)
Don't Throw Your Love Away never never
Don't Get Above Your Raising 1985-05-18 1985-05-19
Edith And The Kingpin 2001-09-27 2008-09-10 (TV taping)
Egypt never never
Fairly Right never never
I Can't Turn It Off 2007-11-08 (early show) 2016-10-03
I Surrender Dear 2014-10-26 2015-04-26
I'll Never Fall In Love Again 1999-06-16 2000-06-12
Invisible Lady 2001-06-07 2003-05-03
It Had To Be You 2010-07-27 2010-07-27
It Must Have Been The Roses 1987-04-16 2016-04-07
Jailhouse Tears 2005-07-14 2009-08-18
Let's Misbehave never never
License To Kill 2011-05-24 2011-05-24
Little Boxes never never
London's Brilliant never never
Long Journey Home 1999-06-05 2006-03-17 Partially performed 2009-11-20.
Love That Burns 2004-04-16 (early show) 2005-08-03 A snippet was performed in a medley with Watching The Detectives 2011-06-27.
Man In The Bottom Of The Well 2012-10-06 (early show) 2012-10-06 (late show)
Many Rivers To Cross 1986-05-17 1986-05-17
Matter Of Time 1984-11-25 2016-04-15
May 17th never never
Meet Me On The Corner never never
Monsters Of The Id 2010-11-21 2010-11-21
My Baby's Gone 1989-04-05 2008-10-02
My Mood Swings 2002-07-04 2009-04-29
Party Party never never
Peace Like A River 2006-07-04 2006-07-04
Please Mr. Kennedy 2013-09-29 2013-09-29
Point Of No Return (Jim Ford song) 1983-08-14 2014-06-28
Puppet Girl 1994-05-03 1995-08-07
Quiet About It 2011-09-26 2014-06-21
Real Emotional Girl 2003-09-15 2006-01-20
Red Wicked Wine 2009-06-14 2009-06-14
Ring Of Fire 1985-06-24 1986-10-22
She 1999-05-30 2017-03-20
Sparkling Day never never
Tender Moment (Kairos) 2010-05-28 2014-10-21
The Butcher's Boy 2001-04-25 2010-04-27
They Can't Take That Away From Me 1994-04-12 (TV taping) 2006-08-03
Troublemaker never never
We Despise You never never
When I Stop Dreaming never never
Wheels 2004-09-17 2011-10-01
When That I Was And A Little Tiny Boy 1996-10-19 1996-11-09
Which Side Are You On? 2013-09-29 2014-10-18
Who Are These People? never never
Wind Walked By never never
You Stole My Bell never never
You Want Her Too 1989-04-26 1989-09-13
You Win Again 1975-11-30 2008-04-09 (TV taping, song not broadcast)

Songs written for other artists

first performance most recent
Abandoned Masquerade never never
Back On My Feet never never
Couldn't You Keep That To Yourself 1999-10-15 1999-10-19
Departure Bay never never
Earthbound 2011-05-12 2014-06-11
Fill In The Blanks never never
Forbidden Nights 2015-10-12 2017-03-20
(I Love You) When You Sleep never never
I Throw My Toys Around 2009-10-14 2009-10-14
I Want To Stand Forever never never
I'm Coming Through never never
I've Changed My Address never never
It's Not Too Late 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 Performed by T Bone Burnett with Elvis among the backing musicians.
Maureen And Sam never never
Miss Mary 1998-02-15 1998-02-15
My Brave Face 1989-07-20 2014-07-16
Narrow Daylight 2005-09-28 2009-04-29
Passionate Fight 1996-05-14 1999-06-18
Punishing Kiss 1995-06-28 2004-07-13
Shadow And Jimmy never never
That's What Friends Are For never never
The Girl In The Other Room 2007-09-08 2014-09-06
The Lovers That Never Were 1987-11-18 2017 Until 2017-06-05, the last known performance was 1987-12-12.
The Miranda Syndrome never never
The Nameless One never never
This Is A Test never never
Tommy's Coming Home 2014-06-25 2014-06-25
Twenty Fine Fingers never never
Unwanted Number 1996-05-13 2007-04-13
You Lie Sweetly 1999-04-16 2014-10-21

Unreleased songs

first performance most recent
Radio Soul 1975-11-30 2016-04-13 This song was likely played at other Flip City concerts.
Lifeboat 1983-12-22 (late show) 1983-12-22 (late show)
The Last Time You Were Leaving Me 1986-10-10 1986-10-12
Lesson In Cruelty 1995-06-25 2001-12-18
Far From The Prize 1996-07-20 1996-08-28
This Subdues My Passion 1997-09-25 2003-05-03
Suspect My Tears 1999-10-05 2004-04-03
Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter 1999-10-12 2004-04-03
Jelly Roll 2001-09-27 2003-05-03
Self-Portrait In Three Colors 2001-09-27 2003-05-03
Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too 2001-09-27 2003-05-03
I'll Watch Out For You 2004-04-17 (early show) 2004-04-17 (early show)
American Humbug 2005-10-08 2005-10-10
My Toy Theatre 2005-10-08 2005-10-10
Illustrated Lady 2005-10-08 2005-10-10
The Misfit 2005-10-08 2005-10-10 Elvis has yet to sing this publicly. The listed performances are sung by Gisela Stille.
He Has Forgotten Me Completely 2005-10-08 2008-06-25
The Famous Artificial Bird 2005-10-08 2005-10-10
Threnody 2006-09-02 2006-09-02
Just Like A Jukebox 2007-11-08 (late show) 2016-10-03
Lucky Dog 2010-04-11 2010-06-23
For More Tears 2011-06-23 2014-07-18
I Can't Say Her Name 2013-11-08 2013-11-08
The Last Year Of My Youth 2014-06-04 (TV taping) 2015-06-14
He's Given Me Things 2014-06-27 2015-06-22
Santa Cruz 2014-10-13 2015-06-09
Matthew Met Mary 2014-10-14 2016-05-24
Down On The Bottom (Elvis Costello version) 2014-11-13 2016-10-15
Hidee Hidee Ho (Elvis Costello version) 2014-11-14 2015-06-18
Diamond Ring (Elvis Costello version) 2015-03-09 2015-03-09
Florida Key (Elvis Costello version) 2015-03-14 2015-03-18
Lighthouse Woman 2015-06-22 2015-06-22
I Let The Sun Go Down 2015-06-25 2015-06-25
A Face In The Crowd 2016-04-12 2017
Vitajex 2016-04-13 2017-03-20
Blood & Hot Sauce 2016-04-13 2017-04-29
A Town Called Riddle 2016-04-15 2016-12-10
Burn The Paper Down To Ash 2016-04-15 2017-03-15 Initial performances were sung by Rebecca Lovell. The first known performance sung by Elvis was 2016-05-24.
They Call Me Mrs. Lonesome 2016-04-16 2017-03-19
American Mirror 2016-04-17 2017
I'll Make The World Pay 2016-05-13 2016-05-13
The Last Word 2016-05-31 2017-03-11
Big Stars Have Tumbled 2016-06-04 2016-10-14
They're Not Laughing At Me Now 2016-09-05 2017-03-18
What Is It That I Need That I Don't Already Have? 2016-09-05 2016-09-05
This Uneasy Hour 2016-09-05 2017-03-19
No Man's Woman 2016-10-03 2017-03-20
Isabelle In Tears 2017-02-24 2017-03-16
Stripping Paper 2017-03-08 2017-03-20
Under Lime 2017-03-14 2017-03-19
Go Tell (Your Quiet Sister) 2017-06-03 2017

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