The Judgement

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The accused will rise
To be torn in two
Guilty of nothing but loving you
This is the judgement

And I'm willing to plead
Now you don't want me
Hoping this torment will cease
Will I be released?

There'll be lies
There'll be tears
A jury of your peers
With the pitiful look of experience
Hand down the judgement

And if I've done wrong
And loved you too long
Stand up and just testify
How can you deny it?

Objection overruled
I wait for my reprieve
With trust of the deceived
The wisdom of the fooled

Is his sorrowful face too heavy for his head?
'Cos he bowed it as something hung over him
It was the judgement

He falls to his knees
"Have mercy on me"
He clings to the hem of her gown
She says, "Just take him down"

The Judgement
Words byElvis Costello & Cait O'Riordan
Music byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced byDennis Herring & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, Fender Telecaster guitar
Steve Nieve - upright piano, Hammond organ
Davey Faragher - Fender Precision bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedApril 2004, Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2004
AlbumsThe Delivery Man, 2004

 First recorded by Solomon Burke in 2002.
First known performance:
March 9, 2002 New York, NY
Last known performance:
December 3, 2018, Seattle, WA
     (63 known performances)

Alternate versions

The Judgement (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass, backing vocal
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 17, 2004, Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
ReleasedApril 19, 2005
VideosClub Date: Live In Memphis, 2005
The Delivery ManThe Delivery Man album cover.jpg

The Delivery Man (Deluxe Edition)The Delivery Man Deluxe Edition album cover.jpg

Club Date: Live In MemphisClub Date Live In Memphis dvd cover.jpg


Solomon Burke Don't Give Up On Me 2002

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