Toledo

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All through the night you telephoned
I saw the light blinking red
Beside the cradle
But you don't know how far I've gone
Now I must live with the lie
That I made

But if I call, I know I won't have to say it
You'll hear my voice - something is bound to betray it

But do people living in Toledo know that their name hasn't travelled very well?
And does anybody in Ohio dream of that Spanish citadel?
But it's no use saying that I love you
And how that girl really didn't mean a thing to me
For if anyone should look into your eyes
It's not forgiveness that they're gonna see

You hear her voice - "How could you do that?"
You hear her voice - "How could you do that?"

So I walked outside in the bright sunshine
And lovers pass by smiling and joking
But they don't know the fool I was
Why should they care what was lost, what was broken?

But if I call, I know I won't have to say it
You'll hear my voice - something is bound to betray it

But do people living in Toledo know that their name hasn't travelled very well?
And does anybody in Ohio dream of that Spanish citadel?
But it's no use saying that I love you
And how that girl really didn't mean a thing to me
For if anyone should look into your eyes
It's not forgiveness that they're gonna see

But do people living in Toledo know that their name hasn't travelled very well?
And does anybody in Ohio dream of that Spanish citadel?

But we still have Florence, Alabama
We don't have Paris, and we don't have Rome
Or New York or even Amsterdam
None of those lonely towns will be my home

Toledo
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 - piano
Jim Keltner - drums
Greg Cohen - bass
Dean Parks - guitar
Jerry Hey - flugelhorn
Gary Grant - flugelhorn
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
SinglesToledo, 1999
Various Artists collectionsThe Best Of Burt Bacharach: Anyone Who Had A Heart, 2013
PromosAcoustic Cafe, 1998
UK Elvis Costello, 2002
Length4:31 (album version)
4:06 (radio edit)

First known performance:
September 8, 1998, Los Angeles, CA
Last known performance:
March 19, 2017, Manchester, England
     (146 known performances)


Alternate versions

Toledo (arranged by Bill Frisell)
Performed byBrian Blade, Don Byron, Billy Drewes, Curtis Fowlkes, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Ron Miles (with Elvis Costello)
Produced byLee Townsend
Arranged byBill Frisell
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Brian Blade - drums, percussion
Don Byron - clarinet
Billy Drewes - alto saxophone
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
Bill Frisell - guitar
Viktor Krauss - bass
Ron Miles - trumpet
Recorded1998, Avatar Studios, New York
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1999
AlbumsThe Sweetest Punch, 1999
Length5:25

Toledo (Live 1998)
Performed byElvis Costello with Burt Bacharach
RecordedOctober 18, 1998, Sony Music Studios, New York
ReleasedDecember 8, 1998
VideosSessions At West 54th, 1998
Painted From MemoryPFM album cover large.jpg

Sessions At West 54th (video)Sessions At West 54th VHS cover.jpg

The Sweetest PunchBill Frisell The Sweetest Punch album cover.jpg

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

Single: ToledoToledo (Part 2) UK CD single front insert.jpg

The Best Of Burt Bacharach: Anyone Who Had A HeartThe Best Of Burt Bacharach Anyone Who Had A Heart album cover.jpg

Covers

Burt Bacharach with Grant Geissman Bacharach! The Instrumental Side 1999 AllmusicAmazon
Elastic No-No Band Every Elvis Has His Impersonators 2008 AllmusicAmazon
Bill Frisell The Sweetest Punch 1999 AllmusicWikipediaAmazon
Natasha Gelston Simply The Songs Of Burt BacharachVarious Artists 2008 AllmusicAmazon

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