My Mood Swings

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She was smitten from the first
By a curious fellow
She said I love the way you talk
And with a flounce she announced it
I love the way that you pronounced it
Marshmallow

Well she liked to sing along
To her favourite song
From the year that she was born
See how mysterious her fate is
She had to get born in the eighties

So speak to me, just like you should
Then we can do those wicked things
And if you want, we'll make it good
Before my mood swings

Well he looked like one of those
Who would take off his clothes
Like you would peel a tangerine
No one's been known to decline this
Once he has found out what your sign is

So speak to me, just like you should
Then we can do those wicked things
And it you want, we'll make it good
Before my mood swings

So speak to me, just like you should
Then we can do those wicked things
And it you want, we'll make it good
Before my mood swings

So speak to me, just like you should
Then we can do those wicked things
And it you want, we'll make it good
Before my mood swings

My Mood Swings
Written byElvis Costello & Cait O'Riordan
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byT Bone Burnett
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Marc Ribot - guitar
Greg Cohen - bass
Jim Keltner - drums
RecordedOctober 1997, Clinton Recorders, New York
ReleasedFebruary 24, 1998
Singles45, 2002
CollectionsIn Motion Pictures, 2012
SoundtracksThe Big Lebowski: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 1998
Various Artists collectionsThe Big Lebowski (exclusive to The Guardian), 1998 (CD-ROM) -
Promos1998 Mercury February Sales Sampler, 1998
My Mood Swings, 1998 (alternate mix)
The Big Lebowski Sampler, 1998
NoteThe promo mix has the vocals higher in the mix, the guitars more upfront, and the drums playing through the start/stop parts.

First known performance:
July 4. 2002, Osaka, Japan
Last known performance:
April 29, 2009, Bristol, England
     (65 known performances)


Alternate versions

My Mood Swings (Brodsky Quartet version)
Performed byBrodsky Quartet & Elvis Costello
Produced byGerry O'Riordan, Elvis Costello & Brodsky Quartet
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Andrew Haveron - violin
Ian Belton - violin
Paul Cassidy - viola
Jacqueline Thomas - cello
RecordedNovember 2002, Snake Ranch Studio, London
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2005
AlbumsBrodsky Quartet - Moodswings, 2005
Various Artists collectionsRough Trade Shops - Counter Culture 05, 2005
Length2:30
The Big Lebowski: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackThe Big Lebowski album cover.jpg

45 single45 UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

MoodswingsBrodsky Quartet Moodswings album cover.jpg

In Motion PicturesIn Motion Pictures album cover.jpg

Covers

no known covers

Chords

  • based on the transcription by Seismaters. Might be a half-step lower.
My Mood Swings 
Elvis Costello/Cait O'Riordan 
The Big Lebowski (1998)
 INTRO: F#m   
          F#m
  She was smitten from the first
  .
  By a curious fellow
             C#7					RIFF:   d-------3-4-3------
  She said I love the way you talk			        a--4--4-------4--2-
B                             A
  And with a flounce she announces
B                         F#m
  I love the way that you pronounce it
N.C					RIFF:   g----------2-2--------
  "Marshmallow"		                        d-----2--4-----4--2---
                                                a--4-----------------4
         F#m			                
  So she liked to sing along
  .
  To her favourite song
           C#7
  From the year that she was born
B                       A
  She had mysterious affairs
B                         F#m
  And often woke up in the eighties.
CHORUS
              B
  So speak to me
                A
  Just like you should
      F#m
  And then you can say those wicked things
             B
  And if you want
                A
  We'll make it good
C#7
  Before my mood swings
          F#m
  Well he looked like one of those
  .
  Who would take off his clothes
                C#7
  Like he would peel a tangerine
  B                     A
  No one's been known to decline this
B                         F#m
  Until I've found out what your sign is	CHORUS x3


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