Baby Plays Around

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It's not open to discussion anymore
She's out again tonight and I'm alone once more
She's all I have worth waiting for
But baby plays around

And so it seems I've always been the last to know
To hold on to that girl, I had to let her go
I wish to God I didn't love her so
'Cos baby plays around

I try to be strong, hold on to my pride
She doesn't even know it's wrong, how much I hurt inside
And heaven knows I've tried
But baby plays around, just a plaything
It's hard to reconcile the facts I'm facing

It's not open to discussion anymore
She walks those shiny streets
I walk the worn-out floor
She's all I have worth living for
Baby plays, baby plays around

Baby Plays Around
Written byCait O'Riordan & Declan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello, Kevin Killen & T Bone Burnett
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, acoustic guitars, Hammond bass pedals, bells
Mitchell Froom - organ (distant)
Recorded1988, Ocean Way, Los Angeles
ReleasedFebruary 6, 1989
AlbumsSpike, 1989
SinglesBaby Plays Around, 1989
Various Artists collectionsSingers And Songwriters: Pure & Simple, 2003;
Back On Track - Songs We Shouldn't Forget, 2011
PromosMalice And Magic, 1994 (Japan)

First known performance:
February 6, 1989, RAI 2, Italy
Last known performance:
December 18, 1999, Osaka, Japan - last Elvis-sung version
June 6, 2001, New York, NY - sung by Anne Sofie von Otter
     (47 known performances)

Alternate versions

Baby Plays Around (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Recordedca. 1987-1988, unknown location
ReleasedAugust 21, 2001
AlbumsSpike (Rhino reissue), 2001
PromosSelections From My Aim Is True, Spike And All This Useless Beauty, 2001

Baby Plays Around (Live 1995)
Performed byElvis Costello & Bill Frisell
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Bill Frisell - guitar
RecordedJune 25, 1995, London, England
ReleasedAugust 14, 1995
AlbumsDeep Dead Blue, 1995

Baby Plays Around (Live 1999)
Performed byElvis Costello with Steve Nieve
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
RecordedFebruary 19, 1999, Sydney, Australia
ReleasedApril 19, 1999
SinglesToledo, 1999

Baby Plays Around (For The Stars version)
Performed byAnne Sofie von Otter meets Elvis Costello
Arranged byElvis Costello & the Ensemble
MusiciansAnne Sofie von Otter - vocal
Elvis Costello - Lawery organ
Bengt Forsberg - Hammond organ
Pat White - flugelhorn
Svante Henryson - celtar
Mats Schubert - piano
Magnus Persson - vibraphone
RecordedFebruary 2000-January 2001, Atlantis Grammophon AB, Stockholm and/or Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin and/or Westside Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 19, 2001
AlbumsFor The Stars, 2001
Various Artists collectionsClassics 2002, 2005
PromosUK Elvis Costello, 2002
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Single: Baby Plays AroundBaby Plays Around UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Single: Baby Plays AroundBaby Plays Around UK 12" single front sleeve.jpg

Deep Dead BlueDeep Dead Blue album cover.jpg

Single: ToledoToledo (Part 2) UK CD single front insert.jpg

For The StarsFTS album cover 333.jpg


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