Upon A Veil Of Midnight Blue

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Upon a veil of midnight blue
There hung a crescent moon
To light the view
But you didn't whisper the words
When the moment arose
I wonder how she knows

You find your tongue so tied
Your words escape and hide
But she's so patient and kind
She's prepared to read your mind
That's all very well until you find
Because of the wine you drank
Your mind is just a blank

I wonder how she knows
I guess she will wonder until
You pluck up the courage to tell her
How you feel
So close you can feel her heart trembling
You look her in her eyes as they close
I wonder how she knows

I wonder how she knows

Upon A Veil Of Midnight Blue (Live 2004)
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello with The Metropole Orkest
Produced byGert-Jan van den Dolder
Arranged byBill Frisell & Willem Friede
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
The Metropole Orkest
Vince Mendoza - conductor
RecordedJuly 9, 2004, The Hague, Netherlands
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2006
AlbumsMy Flame Burns Blue, 2006
PromosEither Side Of The Same Town Sampler, 2010

First known performance:
June 28, 1995, London, England
Last known performance:
September 7, 2006, Amsterdam, Netherlands
     (29 known performances)

Alternate versions

Upon A Veil Of Midnight Blue (Live 1995)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Punishing Kiss Band
Arranged byBill Frisell
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Michael Thomas - violin
Ian Belton - violin
Paul Cassidy - viola
Jacqueline Thomas - violoncello
Roy Babbington - double bass
Pete Whyman - bass clarinet
Ruth Causey - clarinet
Andy Panayi - flute
Guy Barker - trumpet
Paul Pritchard - French horn
Michael Thompson - French horn
RecordedJune 28, 1995, London, England
ReleasedMarch 21, 2006
AlbumsThe Juliet Letters (Rhino reissue), 2006

see also: I Wonder How She Knows

My Flame Burns BlueMy Flame Burns Blue album cover.jpg

The Juliet LettersThe Juliet Letters album cover.jpg


Charles Brown Someone To Love - very loose adaptation retitled "I Wonder How She Knows" 1992 AllMusicAmazon
Mary Coughlan Love For Sale 1995 AllMusicAmazon
Mary Coughlan Life In The Folk Lane, Vol. 2Various artists 1995 AllMusicAmazon
Mary Coughlan Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & RendezvousVarious artists 1998 AllMusicAmazon

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