A Certain Girl

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There's a certain girl I've been in love with a long, long time
(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)
I can't reveal her name until I've got her

(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)
Well, I've tried to get her time and time again.
We just end up as nothing but friends.
And there's a certain girl I've been in love with a long, long time.
(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)

Well, there's a certain chick I've been sweet on since I met her.
(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)
I can't repeat her name until I get her.

(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)
Well one day, I'm gonna wake up and say,
"I'll do anything just to be your slave."
And there's a certain girl I've been in love with a long, long time.
(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)

Well, I've tried to get her time and time again.
We just end up as nothing but friends.
And there's a certain girl I've been in love with a long, long time.

(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)

There's a certain chick I've been sweet on since I found her.
(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)
I can't reveal her name until I get her.
(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)
Well now one day, get her time and time again.
We just end up as nothing but friends.
And there's a certain girl I've been in love with a long, long time.

(What's her name?) I can't tell you. (No!)

I can't tell you. (No!)
I can't tell you. (No!)
I can't tell you.

A Certain Girl (Live 2006)
Written byNaomi Neville (a.k.a. Allen Toussaint)
Performed byElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint featuring The Imposters, Anthony "AB" Brown & The Crescent City Horns
Horn arrangementAllen Toussaint
Mixed byChris Shepard
MusiciansElvis Costello - guitar, vocal
Allen Toussaint - vocal, piano
Steve Nieve - Hammond B3 organ
Davey Faragher - bass, backing vocal
Pete Thomas - drums
Anthony "AB" Brown - guitar
Amadee Castenell - saxophone, backing vocal
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle - saxophone, backing vocal
Joe "Foxx" Smith - trumpet, backing vocal
Sam "Big Sam" Williams - trombone, backing vocal
RecordedJuly 3, 2006, Montreal, QC, Canada
ReleasedDecember 5, 2006
VideosHot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade, 2006

First known performance:
June 10, 2006, Green Bay, WI
Last known performance:
September 24, 2009, Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...
     (39 known performances)


Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A BladeHot As A Pistol Keen As A Blade DVD cover.jpg

Recordings by other artists

 Ernie K-Doe  1961  single (flip side of I Cried My Last Tear)
 The Yardbirds  1965
Warren Zevon  1980
 The Nomads  1991

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