Turpentine

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I can't tell if this is real or if I am sleeping
I'll embroider the truth
And that's so I shall reap
I took things that didn't belong to me
I didn't mean to do you wrong

Looking back on all that stolen time
Back when I was drinking turpentine
Don't blame me
I only took you in
It takes time to do the poisoning
So let's close the door on this and lock it

And that's all it will ever be
Just an accident of chemistry

You did everything to me but stopped short of murder
Couldn't move me much closer to keeping my word
While the crowds threw stones at the hangman
The sky fell down
The bells rang

Looking back on all that stolen time
Back when I was drinking turpentine
Don't blame me
I only took you in
It takes time to do the poisoning
So let's close the door on this and lock it

And that's all that it will ever be
Just an accident of chemistry

Airless shaft of an underground railway
Effete assassin with a hawk in a sack
The earth will offer us in when our hearts fail
As it swallowed the river running under the track
Under the track yeah

I can't tell if I'm dreaming or if I'll awaken
With a song in my heart that is longing to break
Let it out and let it fly high
Up where the spires scrape the sky

Looking back on all that stolen time
Back when I was drinking turpentine
Don't blame me
I only took you in
It takes time to do the poisoning
So let's close the door on this and lock it

And that's all that it will ever be
Just an accident of history
Yeah

Airless shaft of an underground railway
Cute assassin with a hawk in a sack
The earth will offer us in when our hearts fail
Swallowed the river running under the track
That's right

Turpentine
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced byElvis Costello & Jason Lader
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, Fender Jazzmaster guitar, piano
Pete Thomas - drums
Davey Faragher - bass
Steve Nieve - Hohner pianet, Wurlitzer electric piano
Tennessee Thomas - drums
"Farmer" Dave Scher - pedal steel guitar
Johnathan Rice - amplified Gibson J-45 guitar
Jonathan Wilson - Fender Telecaster guitar
Jenny Lewis - harmony vocal
Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice, "Farmer" Dave Scher, Davey Faragher, Jonathan Wilson - vocal supergroup
RecordedFebruary 7-14, 2008, Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
ReleasedApril 22, 2008
AlbumsMomofuku, 2008
Various Artists collectionsPaste Magazine New Music Sampler Issue 43
Length5:39

First known performance:
April 22, 2008, Memphis, TN
Last known performance:
March 3, 2015, Lincoln, NE
     (58 known performances)



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