When That I Was And A Little Tiny Boy

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When that I was and a little tiny boy
With a hey-ho, the wind and the rain
A foolish thing was but a toy
For the rain it raineth every day

But when I came to man's estate
With a hey-ho, the wind and the rain
'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate
For the rain it raineth every day

But when I came, alas, to wive
With a hey-ho, the wind and the rain
By swaggering I could never thrive
For the rain it raineth every day

But when I came unto my beds
With a hey-ho, the wind and the rain
With tosspots still had drunken heads
For the rain it raineth every day

A great while ago, the world began
With a hey-ho, the wind and the rain
But that's all one, our play is done
And we'll strive to please you every day
To please you every day

When That I Was And A Little Tiny Boy
Words byWilliam Shakespeare
Music byJohn Harle
Performed byJohn Harle featuring Elvis Costello
Produced byJohn Harle
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
John Harle - saxophones, keyboards
Steve Lodder - keyboards, chamber organ
Mitch Dalton - guitars
Roy Babbington - double bass
John Harle Band
Balenescu Quartet
RecordedNovember 3-4, 1995, Abbey Road (Studio 3), London
ReleasedAugust 25, 1996
AlbumsJohn Harle - Terror And Magnificence, 1996
SoundtracksSongs From A History Of Britain, 2001
Length5:11

First known performance:
October 19, 1996, Aberdeen, Scotland
Last known performance:
November 9, 1996, London, England
     (5 known performances)


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