Uncomplicated

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Blood and Chocolate
I hope you're satisfied what you have done
You think it's over now
But we've only just begun

I asked for water
And they gave me rosé wine
A horse that knows arithmetic
And a dog that tells your fortune

Chorus:
It's in your eyes
It's in your eyes
It's in your eyes
It's in your eyes
Uncomplicated

I want to buy you
A big blue Diamel
Cheap white plastic shoes
That don't walk out and don't let in

I want to show you
How I love you
When you're over me
There's no one above you

(Chorus)

You think it's over now
But this is only
This is only
This is only
The beginning

(Chorus)

You think it's over now
But this is only
This is only
This is only
The beginning

(Chorus)

Uncomplicated
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe with Colin Fairley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMarch-May 1986, Olympic Studios, London
ReleasedSeptember 15, 1986
AlbumsBlood & Chocolate, 1986 (original UK CD has alternate mix)
SinglesNME Fourplay, 1986 ("NME Version": same as commonly available mix)
CollectionsGirls Girls Girls, 1989 (UK CD mix)
Rock And Roll Music, 2007
PromosHighlights From Blood & Chocolate, 1986
Length3:25
NoteThe UK CD mix lacks the anvil sound after the "horse that knows arithmetic" line and a guitar part from the guitar break near the end.

First known performance:
May 17, 1986, Dublin, Ireland
Last known performance:
2017
     (400 known performances)


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“I asked for water in a Parisian bar. My ‘French’ was not working any miracles. They gave me rosé wine. That's how the trouble begins.” Girls Girls Girls liner notes, 1989.

Alternate versions

Uncomplicated (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe with Colin Fairley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMarch 6, 1986, Olympic Studios, London
ReleasedFebruary 19, 2002
AlbumsBlood & Chocolate (Rhino/Edsel edition), 2002
Length3:04

Uncomplicated (Live in Tokyo)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJune 28, 2002, Tokyo, Japan
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2002
AlbumsWhen I Was Cruel - Collectors Edition, 2002
Cruel Smile, 2002
Length4:46
Blood & ChocolateBAC album cover large.jpg

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Girls Girls GirlsGGG album cover 300.jpg

Highlights From Blood & ChocolateHighlights From Blood & Chocolate UK 7" promo.jpg

When I Was Cruel - Collectors EditionWhen I Was Cruel Collectors Edition album cover.jpg

Cruel Smile2002 Cruel Smile Album small.jpg

Rock And Roll MusicRock And Roll Music album cover.jpg

Covers

Elastic No-No Band Every Elvis Has His Army: ENB Does EC 2005 website
Jason & Alison performed live 1995 info
Los Lobos Ride This: The Covers EP 2004 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
Patrik Tanner A Tribute To Elvis Costello 2004 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk

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