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Latest revision as of 16:11, 16 January 2022

I'm a lucky so and so
A fortunate stiff
You said you'd never knew me but I'm the one you want to be with
If I tumble from a tightrope or leap from a cliff
I won't be dashed to pieces
I'm the boy named "IF"

If I disappear and I slipper from your view
I just step upon a crack and I won't come back
Imagine me
And I'll imagine you too

In a hollow of the bed sheet
Or a picture in a frame
I'm vivid as a summer's day
Then never seen again
Who'll pay the taxman?
Who'll place the blame?
Who'll point into an empty room
And whisper my name?

If I disappear and I slipper from your view
You will step upon a crack and I won't come back
Imagine me
And I'll imagine you too

Take my hand
We'll go to "Magic Lantern Land"
Take my hand
See the pictures they've projected
Take my hand
We'll fill our pockets up with sand
Dance in frantic passes
'Til the grains all turn to glasses
Drums begin to navigate, the band strikes up a riff
No one will believe you but the
Boy Named If

Who'll pay your entrance fee?
Who'll leave a tip?
Who'll say, "Listen here, Sunshine
Don't you give me no lip"
Who broke your favourite heart?
Who stops and never starts?
Who kiss you stupid?
It must be something you did
Who'll keep you satisfied after a lover's tiff?
It must be some other guy not…
The Boy Named If

If I disappear and I slipper from your view
You will step upon a crack and I won't come back
Imagine me
And I'll imagine you too

Take my hand
We'll go to "Magic Lantern Land"
Take my hand
See the pictures we've projected
Take my hand
We'll fill our pockets up with sand
Dance in frantic passes
'Til the grains all turn to glasses

The Boy Named If
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced bySebastian Krys & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - Vox Continental, electronic keyboards
Pete Thomas, drums, percussion
Davey Faragher - bass, vocals
ReleasedJanuary 14, 2022
AlbumsThe Boy Named If, 2022
Length4:24

First known performance:
October 30, 2021, Brookville, NY
Last known performance:
2022
     (10 known performances)


The Boy Named IfThe Boy Named If album cover.jpg


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