My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count)

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As the last light glimmers
And the evening hours dim
Maybe I'm too proud to utter it out loud
Even though my flame burns blue

As the night's descending
Once again I find I'll tarry and pretend
My confidential friend
Will suddenly appear in view

All my might
Between velvet and dynamite
Blow out the doors
Let in the light
Falling dust in the beam
And a small stifled scream

Alibis and decoys
Were his eyes so turquoise?
Covered with a lash
They flatter and they flash
Even though my flame burns blue

If I seem a stranger
I feel far from danger
We tamper and we toy
With passion over joy
Even though my flame burns blue

Even though the fire that once was desire
Doesn't look for trouble or dare to flare
Look now
And I won't be there

My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count) (Live 2004)
Written byBilly Strayhorn & Elvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello with The Metropole Orkest
Produced byGert-Jan van den Dolder
Arranged byVince Mendoza
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
The Metropole Orkest
Vince Mendoza - conductor
Marc Scholten - alto saxophone solo
RecordedJuly 9, 2004, The Hague, Netherlands
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2006
AlbumsMy Flame Burns Blue, 2006

First known performance:
July 8, 2004, The Hague, Netherlands
Last known performance:
May 29, 2010, Dallas, TX
     (26 known performances)

Alternate versions

My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count) (from Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life)
Produced byRobert Levi
Co-Produced byGeorge Seminara & Joshua Blum
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Joe Lovano - tenor sax
Bill Charlap - piano
Recorded2004, Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ
ReleasedJanuary 23, 2007
SoundtracksBilly Strayhorn: Lush Life, 2007
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Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (soundtrack)Billy Strayhorn Lush Life album cover.jpg


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