Veronica

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Is it all in that pretty little head of yours?
What goes on in that place in the dark?
Well, I used to know a girl and I would have sworn that her name was Veronica
Well, she used to have a carefree mind of her own and a delicate look in her eye
These days I'm afraid she's not even sure if her name is Veronica

(Chorus:)
Do you suppose that waiting hands on eyes, Veronica has gone to hide?
And all the time she laughs at those who shout her name and steal her clothes
Veronica
Veronica
Veronica

Did the days drag by? Did the favours wane?
Did he roam down the town all the time?
Will you wake from your dream with a wolf at the door, reaching out for Veronica?
Well it was all of sixty-five years ago
When the world was the street where she lived
And a young man sailed on a ship in the sea with a picture of Veronica

On the "Empress of India"
And as she closed her eyes upon the world
And picked upon the bones of last week's news
She spoke his name out loud again

(Repeat Chorus)

Veronica sits in her favourite chair, she sits very quiet and still
And they call her a name that they never get right
And if they don't, then nobody else will
But she used to have a carefree mind of her own, with a devilish look in her eye
Saying "You can call me anything you like, but my name is Veronica"

(Repeat Chorus)



Alternate lyrics

Final verse from the demo version of Veronica:

Veronica sits in her favourite chair as they come with the regular pill
And they call her a name that they never get right
While telling her that she must sit still
But she always had a carefree mind of her own, with a devilish look in her eye
Saying "You can call me anything you like, but my name is Veronica"

Veronica
Written byPaul McCartney & Declan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello, Kevin Killen & T Bone Burnett
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, electric guitars
Paul McCartney - Hofner bass
T Bone Burnett - acoustic guitar
Benmont Tench - piano, Baldwin spinet
Mitchell Froom - Wurlitzer electric piano, Chamberlain
Jerry Marotta - drums
Michael Blair - tympani, glockenspiel
Recorded1988, Ocean Way, Los Angeles & AIR Studios, London
ReleasedFebruary 6, 1989
AlbumsSpike, 1989
SinglesVeronica, 1989
CollectionsExtreme Honey: The Very Best Of The Warner Bros. Years, 1997
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Various Artists collectionsPink Pop 20th Anniversary, 1989 -, -
Girls, 1992
Rock Of The 80's Volume 10, 1994
Britpop Vol. 1, 1996
Name That Tune, 1998
Classic Rock 1987-1989, 1998 -
On The Edge, 2000
Cheers! TV Favorite Hits, 2001
Oor - Het Album - 30 Jaar Popmuziek, 2001 -
Fan, The TV Hits, 2002
VH1 Classic: The Cuts, 2003
In The Morning, 2004
Beach Breeze - Cassette Story, 2005
Alternative Eighties - Excellence In Guitar Pop, 2005 1 2
PromosThe Album Network: Tune Up 29, 1989
Spike Album Sampler, 1989
Malice And Magic, 1995 (US)
CMJ 500, 1997 -
Selections From My Aim Is True, Spike, And All This Useless Beauty, 2001
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length3:07

First known performance:
November 16, 1987, Tokyo, Japan
     (501 known performances)


Alternate versions

Veronica (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar, piano
RecordedMay 1987, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
ReleasedOctober 14, 1991
AlbumsSpike (Rhino reissue), 2001
SinglesSo Like Candy, 1991
PromosMalice And Magic, 1994 (Japan)
Length2:58

Veronica / The Ways Of Love (Live)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedOctober 26, 1990, Mountain View, CA
ReleasedDecember 19, 2006
DownloadsThe Bridge School Collection, Vol. 2, 2006 (iTunes)
Length4:38
SpikeSpike album cover.jpg

Single: VeronicaVeronica UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Single: So Like CandySo Like Candy UK CD single front insert.jpg

Extreme Honey: The Very Best Of The Warner Bros. YearsEH album cover 500.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

The Bridge School Collection, Vol. 2The Bridge Collection.jpg

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