You Gotta Lose

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I hope I don't seem immodest when I tell you that my
Mother was a pinhead and my father was a fly
That's why I love you darlin' with a love that's so unique
Your glistenin' wings they complement your head's exquisite peak

They all died by coin toss
Love's a form of memory loss
I can't forget that triple cross
You gotta lose
You gotta lose

Not so long ago I knew a guy who thought he can't be beat
But he got rabies on his rubies so he can't unlace his feet
For twenty minutes yesterday felt great, felt insensate
But when you're twenty minutes late your fate is patient and will wait

They all died by coin toss
Love's a form of memory loss
I can't forget that triple cross
You gotta lose
You gotta lose

I know it's hard for you to face the fact Max Factor failed your face
And your social life's misshapen cuz you feel so out of place
Those magic men you want to ask your soul to keep
They only love you from a distance one man deep

They all died by coin toss
Love's a form of memory loss
I can't forget that triple cross
You gotta lose
You gotta lose

You gotta lose
You gotta lose
You gotta lose
You gotta lose
You gotta lose
You gotta lose
You gotta lose
You gotta lose
You gotta lose
You gotta lose

You Gotta Lose (Live 1978)
Written byRichard Hell
Performed byElvis Costello with Richard Hell & The Voidoids
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Richard Hell - backing vocal
Robert Quine - guitar
Ivan Julian - guitar
Marc Bell - drums
Jerry Antonius - bass
Frank Mauro - drums
RecordedOctober 18, 1978, New York, NY
ReleasedMarch 19, 2002
AlbumsRichard Hell: Time, 2002
Length4:06

Only known performance:
October 18, 1978, New York, NY
     (1 known performance)


Richard Hell: TimeRichard Hell Time album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

Richard Hell  1976 Blank Generation EP; also on Hits Greatest Stiffs RichardHell.com
 The Heartbreakers  1992 What Goes Around  (recorded 1975)
 Dim Stars  1992 Dim Stars  EP
 Thee Headcoats  2003 Brother Is Dead... But Fly Is Gone!

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