What's Her Name Today?

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What's her name today?
What's her name today?
She could be anyone
I might have known you'd leave her crying

What's her name again?
You should be ashamed
How could you treat her so unspeakably?
Or did you think she was a different girl?
For as the radio played in the bedroom wall
What was that name you called her?

Was she the one who took away your pride and your reason?
Oh, why did you decide that you'd punish any girl you meet
To try and make that feeling go away?

What's her name today?
What's her name today?
Is her hair hanging down?
Or maybe it's fixed with a ribbon

Are her eyes still blue?
Should she trust in you?
Because it's a lonely world
She wants to believe for a while in all the things you say
But as the radio played in the bedroom wall
What was that name you called her?

Isn't her smile reminiscent of someone else?
Well, is it or isn't it?
Oh, why did you decide that you'd punish any girl you meet
To try and make that feeling go away?

What's her name today?
Is she going to stay
So you can ruin her?
And soon she'll be twisted in chiffon

Dress her like a doll
String her like a pearl
She hears peals of bells, but it's hard to tell
Now that she's hung up like a chandelier

What's her name?
What's her name?
What's her name today?

What's Her Name Today?
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
plus additional musicians
RecordedJune-July 1998, Ocean Way, Los Angeles
ReleasedSeptember 28, 1998
AlbumsPainted From Memory, 1998
SinglesShe, 1999
Length4:05

First known performance:
October 13, 1998, New York, NY
Last known performance:
December 18, 1999, Osaka, Japan
     (73 known performances)


Alternate versions

What's Her Name Today? (Live 1999)
Performed byElvis Costello with Steve Nieve
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
RecordedFebruary 10, 1999, Tokyo, Japan
ReleasedApril 26, 1999
AlbumsPainted From Memory (2CD Limited Tour Edition), 1999
Length4:30
Painted From MemoryPFM album cover large.jpg

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

Covers

Michael Falzon and Bobby Fox performed live 2014-09-24, City Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia 2014 AllmusicinfoYouTube
Bill Frisell The Sweetest Punch 1999 AllmusicWikipediaAmazon

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