The Sweetest Punch (song)

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You only saw red after I said, "How can we continue?"
Hidden from your view in the blue corner that I painted myself into
Then we started to fight and it changed everything
Here's the ring

You dropped the band, I can't understand it
Not after all we've been through
Words start to fly, my glass jaw and I
Will find one to walk right into
You knocked me out
It was the sweetest punch
The bell goes...

I can hear it ringing, but I didn't see it coming
We all say things we don't mean
You can't take it back
Now the room is spinning, but was I the last to notice?
I can see I'll never win
So if you're going, then you better go to him
Then you better go to him

I only saw stars, I dropped my guard, and that's how it ended
What was I to do in the blue corner where I seemed to hang suspended?
Then with seconds to go, you delivered the blow
Here I go

You dropped the band, I can't understand it
Not after all we've been through
Words start to fly, my glass jaw and I
Will find one to walk right into
You knocked me out
It was the sweetest punch
The bell goes...

I can hear it ringing, but I didn't see it coming
We all say things we don't mean
You can't take it back
Now the room is spinning, but was I the last to notice?
I can see I'll never win
So if you're going, then you better go to him
Then you better go to him

The Sweetest Punch
Written byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
Produced byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Arranged byBurt Bacharach
MusiciansElvis Costello - voice
Burt Bacharach - piano, conductor
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Jim Keltner - drums
Greg Cohen - bass
Dean Parks - guitar
Donna Taylor, Lisa Taylor, Sue-Ann Carwell - vocal group
plus additional musicians
RecordedJune-July 1998, Ocean Way, Los Angeles
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1998
AlbumsPainted From Memory, 1998
SinglesThis House Is Empty Now, 1998
She, 1999
CollectionsPomp & Pout: The Universal Years, 2010
Length4:07

First known performance:
October 13, 1998, New York, NY
Last known performance:
May 1, 1999, Stockholm, Sweden
     (7 known performances)


Painted From MemoryPFM album cover large.jpg

Single: This House Is Empty NowThis House Is Empty Now CD single front insert.jpg

Single: SheShe (Part 1) UK CD single front insert.jpg

Pomp & Pout: The Universal YearsPomp & Pout The Universal Years album cover.jpg

Covers

Bill Frisell The Sweetest Punch 1999 AllmusicWikipediaAmazon

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