Withered And Died

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This cruel country has driven me down
Teased me and lied, teased me and lied
I've only sad stories to tell to this town
My dreams have withered and died

Once I was bending the tops of the trees
Kind thoughts in my head, kind voices to hear

Then I took up with a girl from the west
Played run and hide, played run and hide
Count one to ten and she's gone like the rest
My dreams have withered and died

If I was a butterfly, live for a day
I could be free just blowing away

Silver moon sail up and silver moon shine
On the waters so wide, waters so wide
Slip from the bed of a good friend of mine
My dreams have withered and died

Once I was bending the tops of the trees
Kind thoughts in my head, kind voices to hear

This cruel country has driven me down
Teased me and lied, teased me and lied
I've only sad stories to tell to this town
My dreams have withered and died
My dreams have withered and died
My dreams have withered and died

Withered And Died
Written byRichard Thompson
Performed byThe Imposter
Produced byFairley/Imposter
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Recordedearly 1984, Riverside Studio, London
ReleasedApril 1984
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1995 (hidden track)
Goodbye Cruel World (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
SinglesPeace In Our Time, 1984
CollectionsOut Of Our Idiot, 1987
Singles, Volume 3, 2003
Length3:12

First known performance:
November 14, 1984, Bristol, England
Last known performance:
June 21, 2014, Nashville, TN
     (4 known performances)


Peace In Our Time singlePeace In Our Time UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Out Of Our IdiotOut Of Our Idiot album cover thumbnail.jpg

Goodbye Cruel WorldGCW album cover large.jpg

Singles, Volume 3Singles Volume 3 album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

Richard & Linda Thompson  1974 I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight Wikipedia

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