You Belong To Me

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What are you girls gonna tell your mother
I don't want to hear another word about young lovers
Or hiding your boyfriend in the cupboard
She's been to see the doctor, so you hope that she recovers
You act dumb, you say you're so numb
You say you don't come under his thumb

Chorus:
Don't wanna be a goody-goody
I don't want just anybody
No, I don't want anybody
Saying "You belong to me, you belong to me"

Your eyes are absent, your mouth is silent
Pumping like a fire hydrant
Things you see are getting hard to swallow
You're easily led, but you're much too scared to follow
You've been warned, you're going to get torn
No uniform is gonna keep you warm

(Chorus)

You Belong To Me
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1977-January 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 3, 1978
AlbumsThis Year's Model, 1978
Singles(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea, 1978
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
Various Artists collectionsWar Child: Heroes 7 Inch Box Set
Length2:22

First known performance:
August 21, 1977, London, England
Last known performance:
June 3, 2015, Oxford, England
     (573 known performances)


Alternate versions

You Belong To Me (Capital Radio Version)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedSeptember 27, 1977, Capital Radio, London
ReleasedFebruary 19, 2002
AlbumsThis Year's Model (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
Length1:52

You Belong To Me (Live 1978 - Washington)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedFebruary 28, 1978, Washington, DC
ReleasedMarch 4, 2008
AlbumsThis Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
Length2:54

You Belong To Me (Live 1978 - Toronto)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMarch 6, 1978, Toronto, ON, Canada
Released1978 (promo-only release)
October 15, 1993 (commercial release)
AlbumsLive At The El Mocambo, 1978
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Length2:26

You Belong To Me (Live 1978 - Los Angeles)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJune 4, 1978, Los Angeles, CA
ReleasedOctober 28, 2002
AlbumsArmed Forces (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
CollectionsRock And Roll Music, 2007
Length2:38
This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea single(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Live At The El MocamboLive At The El Mocambo album cover.jpg

Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rykodisc album cover.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg

Rock And Roll MusicRock And Roll Music album cover.jpg

Covers

Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band Brand New Sound  Single 2002 info
The Defectors Baby Gimme Love 2002 AllmusicAmazon
Elastic No-No Band Every Elvis Has His Impersonators 2008 AllmusicAmazon
Kevin Keenan / Sharp Hearts 2001 info needed
The Like War Child: HeroesVarious Artists 2009 infoWikipediaAmazon
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003 - OliversArmyBand
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube
Trinket performed live, Knitting Factory tribute, 2003-03-27 2003 info
Witchy Poo Public Works 2000 AllmusicAmazon

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