Secret, Profane & Sugarcane

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Secret, Profane & Sugarcane
Secret Profane & Sugarcane album cover.jpg
studio album by
Elvis Costello
ReleasedJune 2, 2009
ProducerT Bone Burnett
LabelHear Music

Secret, Profane & Sugarcane is a Grammy Award-nominated album by Elvis Costello, released on June 2, 2009 on the Hear Music label.

It was produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded by Mike Piersante during a three-day session (March 31 to April 2, 2008) at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studio. Joining Costello were Jerry Douglas (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion), Dennis Crouch (double bass), and Jim Lauderdale (vocal harmonies). Emmylou Harris guests on The Crooked Line.


TitleWriter(s) Length
1. Down Among The Wines And Spirits  Elvis Costello 3:11
2. Complicated Shadows  Elvis Costello 2:53
3. I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came  Elvis Costello, Loretta Lynn 3:59
4. My All Time Doll  Elvis Costello 4:09
5. Hidden Shame  Elvis Costello 4:14
6. She Handed Me A Mirror  Elvis Costello 4:04
7. I Dreamed Of My Old Lover  Elvis Costello 2:35
8. How Deep Is The Red?  Elvis Costello 3:47
9. She Was No Good  Elvis Costello 3:47
10. Sulphur To Sugarcane  Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett 5:59
11. Red Cotton  Elvis Costello 5:43
12. The Crooked Line  Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett 3:49
13. Changing Partners  Larry Coleman, Joe Darion 2:39
Bonus tracks
TitleWriter(s) Length
14. Femme Fatale (LP, Japan CD and iTunes)Lou Reed 3:49
15. What Lewis Did Last (LP, Japan CD, Amazon US CD pre-order, Amazon US MP3 single and iTunes Europe pre-order)Elvis Costello, Traditional 4:49
16. Dirty Rotten Shame (iTunes US/Canada pre-order)Elvis Costello 3:48


  • Elvis Costello - vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Dennis Crouch - double bass
  • Stuart Duncan - fiddle (all tracks), banjo (My All Time Doll & Red Cotton)
  • Jerry Douglas - dobro (Down Among The Wines And Spirits, Complicated Shadows, I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came, Hidden Shame, She Handed Me A Mirror, How Deep Is The Red?, She Was No Good, Sulphur To Sugarcane, Changing Partners & What Lewis Did Last)
  • Jeff Taylor - accordion (My All Time Doll, I Dreamed Of My Old Lover, Red Cotton, The Crooked Line, Femme Fatale & Dirty Rotten Shame)
  • Mike Compton - mandolin
  • Jim Lauderdale - harmony & background vocals
  • T Bone Burnett - electric guitar (Complicated Shadows, I Felt The Chill Before The Winter Came, Hidden Shame, How Deep Is The Red?, The Crooked Line, Femme Fatale & What Lewis Did Last)
  • Emmylou Harris - harmony vocal (The Crooked Line)

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