You Can Have Her

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Did she ever slap your face when nobody was looking?
And then did she brush your cheek and say it was a joke
Were you willing?
Were you weak?
Were her eyes like smoke?
Or full of killing?

She knew the fool in me would surrender
And she knew how cruel to be
Only she's your lover now

You can have her
'Cos I've had her
You can have her any time

If you can hold her you can have her
'Cos I've taught her
And I've told her
One day you will be past your prime

You'll never know the secrets that she keeps
Whose name she whispers
When she goes
When she goes to sleep

Did she say a hateful word then claim that she was sorry?
Then did you lie awake and think to do her harm?

Were you willing?
To chastise
"Well, that sounds like fun
Or was it thrilling?"

She knew the fool in me would surrender
And she knew how cruel to be
Only she's your lover now
She's your baby doll lover now

You can have her
If you want her
But you must be right out of your mind

If you think you can control her
'Cos I've bought her and I've sold her
She's not even worth it you will find

But then there's something special in her eyes
Something beyond value
It pays
It pays to advertise...
You can have her
You can have her

You'll want to believe the breathless lies she tells
But the filthy names you'll call her
Will start
Will start to break the spell

You can have her
You can have her
You can have her
You can have her

You Can Have Her
Written byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Arranged byVince Mendoza
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Jim Cox - piano, keys
Paul Jackson Jr. - guitar
Will Lee - bass
Peter Erskine - drums
Bruce Dukov, Joel Derouin, Eun-Mee Ahn, Charlie Bisharat, Mark Cargill, Daphne Chen, David Ewart, Pam Gates, Tamara Hatwan, Songa Lee, Natalie Leggett, Phil Levy, Maya Magub, Stephanie Matthews, Helen Nightengale, Alyssa Park, Carol Pool, Irina Voloshina - violins
Andrew Duckles, Zach Dellinger, Leah Katz, Luke Mauer, David Walther, Rodney Wirtz - violas
Steve Erdody, Jacob Braun, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, Dennis Karmazyn, Timothy Loo - cellos
Lara Wickes - oboe
Mike Valerio, Trey Henry - basses
Steve Becknell, Laura Brenes - horns
RecordedSeptember 2021, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
April 2022, Power Station, BerkleeNYC (additional vocals)
ReleasedFebruary 10, 2023 (track)
March 3, 2023 (album)
AlbumsThe Songs Of Bacharach & Costello, 2023

Only known performance:
February 20, 2023, New York, NY
     (1 known performance)

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