There's A Story In Your Voice

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Once upon another time
If you had the need
I'd step right in the shoes that you've been walking
'Cos someone put the hurt in you
For everyone to see
And you only have to speak to tell your fortune

There's a story in your voice
Both by damage and by choice
It tells of promises and pleasure
And a tale of wine and woe
The uneasy time to come
And the long way 'round we go to get there

Once you told me fairytales
Everybody knows
But I didn't care for their prediction
Now you say you're leaving me
And packing up your clothes
I finally see you were a work of fiction

There's a story in your walk
Then you crumble just like chalk
And I could say that I was sorry
But I wouldn't mean it much
There are pages I can't touch
And something that's been torn out of this chapter

Far away, not far enough
'Cos I can still recall
How it felt when I read that last sentence
Now I go inside some rooms with Gideon in them all
And hide myself from all hope of repentance

There's a story in your eyes
Cheap sunglasses might disguise
But when the bedroom light reveals
All that bravado and that fright
That you cover up in spite
Attempts to strip away this fabrication

There's a story in your voice
Both by damage and by choice
It tells of promises and pleasure
And a tale of wine and woe
The uneasy time to come
And the long way 'round we go to get there

There's A Story In Your Voice
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters (with Lucinda Williams)
Produced byDennis Herring & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, Fender Telecaster, Gretsch Tenor, Fender Bass 6 & Gibson J-50 guitars, tambourine
Lucinda Williams - vocals
Steve Nieve - harmonium, melodica
Davey Faragher - Fender Precision bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedApril 2004, Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS
Lucinda Williams recorded at Village Recorders, Los Angeles
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2004
AlbumsThe Delivery Man, 2004
PromosThere's A Story In Your Voice, 2004
UK Elvis Costello (2006), 2006
Length3:42

First known performance:
April 2, 2004, Oxford, MS
Last known performance:
June 17, 2014, Louisville, KY
     (71 known performances)


Alternate versions

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

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

Covers

The Goners The High St. Station Performance 2011 Bandcamp.com
The Goners High St. Harder 2012 Bandcamp.com
The Goners The Studio Sessions, Volume One 2013 Bandcamp.com

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