What Is It That I Need That I Don't Already Have?

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What is it that I need that I don’t already have?
Who was there in the past that I couldn’t seem to save?
But will I seem so smart, me and my broken heart
When I am pretending to be brave

What is there up ahead that I can’t already see?
Startling as it seems, well, it’s supposed to be
Where am I going next?
And if no one objects
Just close the door and that’ll be the end of me

What is it that I lost that I don’t really need
Some glasses for my eyes
And an hour or two of speed
My hands don’t blister, my hands don’t bleed
But I’ll never be contented, repent or ever be lamented
‘Til I’m planted down like rotten crops
And covered up with weeds

What is it that I want that I can’t already taste?
A damson from a tree
A girl that I once chased
A girl who ran away and wanted to be caught
Then bade farewell to my love like some merchandise she bought

Things are going up like blasphemous prayers
I burned up all my paper money on those London derrieres
Prayers and paper money will burn until you choke
The things I should have said
They were so easily left unspoken
I didn’t break you down
You were already broken

What is it that I need that I don’t already have?
Who was there in the past that I couldn’t even see?
But will I seem so smart, me and my broken heart
When I am pretending to be free?
When I am pretending to be free
When I am pretending to be free

What Is It That I Need That I Don't Already Have? (unreleased song)
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello

Only known performance:
September 5, 2016, Osaka, Japan
     (1 known performance)


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“In 2008, I was standing in the loading bay in Bloomington, Indiana, with Mellencamp and Bob Dylan. John asked Bob if he was writing any new songs.

It was a question best answered with another question: "What is it that I need that I don't already have?"

I thought, Is that a song title? Well, it is now.

And I wrote a little song of thwarted ambition that remains unpublished.”
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

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