(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?

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As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin' for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred and misery?

And each time I feel like this inside
There's one thing I wanna know
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?

And as I walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony

'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?

So where are the strong?
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony

'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?
Written byNick Lowe
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
(original credit: Nick Lowe & His Sound)
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust-September 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedNovember 23, 1978
AlbumsArmed Forces, 1979 (not on original UK release)
SinglesNick Lowe - American Squirm, 1978
My Funny Valentine, 1979
CollectionsTen Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, 1980
Almost New, 1982
The Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
2½ Years, 1993
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Nick Lowe - Anthology, 2002
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
Rock And Roll Music, 2007
Soundtracks200 Cigarettes: Music From The Motion Picture, 1999
Various Artists collectionsCult Rockers: Mainstream Rebels, 1998
Random Noise, 2000
Sound Of The Underground, 2005
The Second Wave, 2008
PromosMercury Records Group: January/February Sampler 1999, 1999
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length3:32

First known performance:
June 23, 1978, The Hague, Netherlands
Last known performance:
2017
     (1297 known performances, 3 as a snippet)


Alternate versions

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 17, 2004, Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
ReleasedApril 19, 2005
VideosClub Date: Live In Memphis, 2005

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (A Colbert Christmas version)
Performed byElvis Costello, Feist, John Legend, Stephen Colbert, Toby Keith & Willie Nelson
Produced byAdam Schlesinger & Steven M. Gold
MusiciansStephen Colbert - vocal
Elvis Costello - vocal
Toby Keith - vocal
Feist - vocal
Willie Nelson - vocal
John Legend - vocal
additional musicians unknown
Recordedca. September 2008, New York
ReleasedNovember 24, 2008
DownloadsA Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!, 2008 (iTunes-only album)
VideosA Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!, 2008 (DVD)
Length2:36
Single: American SquirmAmerican Squirm UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rhino album cover.jpg

Single: My Funny ValentineMy Funny Valentine US 7" promo.jpg

Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers10BM album cover 280.jpg

Almost NewAlmost New album cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello & The AttractionsBOEC album cover 200.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Club Date: Live In MemphisClub Date Live In Memphis dvd cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg

Rock And Roll MusicRock And Roll Music album cover.jpg

A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! (soundtrack)A Colbert Christmas album cover.jpg


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