The Imposter

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Trying to be too bad
Trying to talk too tough
Trying to jack the lad
You'd think he'd had enough
But he's not the man you'd think that he can be
I just don't know why you can't see
That he is only the imposter
That he is only the imposter

You've never been this far
You've always been too smart
And you know all our boys
Are really girls at heart
And he's not the man you'd think that he can be
I just don't know why you can't see
That he is only the imposter
That he is only the imposter

When I said that I was lying, I might have been lying
Never let me hear you say you're not trying

This is your big decision
Hope you're not disappointed
He's got double vision
When you want him double jointed
And he's not the man you'd think that he can be
I just don't know why you can't see
The imposter

He'll only bring you souvenirs
It's only gonna end in tears
And he is only the imposter
And he is only the imposter

The Imposter
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedOctober 1979, Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands and/or Eden Studios, London
ReleasedFebruary 1980
AlbumsGet Happy!!, 1980
PromosGet Happy!! (Promo Album), 1980
Length1:57

First known performance:
December 13, 1979, Badalona, Spain
Last known performance:
December 12, 2013, Tokyo, Japan
     (62 known performances)


Alternate versions

The Imposter (Live 1979)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byChris Thomas
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedDecember 29, 1979, London, England
ReleasedMarch 27, 1981
AlbumsGet Happy!! (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Various Artists collectionsConcerts For The People Of Kampuchea, 1981
Length2:11
Get Happy!!GH album cover large.jpg

Concerts For The People Of KampucheaConcerts For The People Of Kampuchea album cover.jpg

Covers

Robbie Fulks performed live, 2015-03-30, The Hideout, Chicago 2015 YouTube
Would-be Train Robbers performed live, Costello Tribute, 2017-03-16, Harlow's Sacramento, CA 2017 YouTube

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