How Much I Lied

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Darling, there is one thing I must tell you, you must know
It's so hard to say the words I feel
This fancy that I'm on has been going on too long
It's time to stop pretending things are real
'Cause I've been living deep in sin, I've been living blind
And I just don't know what's right or wrong
To take a chance on losing you is such a silly thing to do
A chance I might wake up and find you gone

Blue, so blue, my love is burning blue
Any brighter flame would be a lie
Blue, so blue, my love still burns for you
But I know I'll only make you cry

A thief can only steal from you
He cannot break your heart
He can never touch the precious things inside
Someone like you should surely be
Miles and miles away from me
Then you'd never care how much I lied

So try to understand the pain
It takes so long when I explain
Please don't you forget how much I lied
How much I lied

How Much I Lied
Written byGram Parsons & Pam Rifkin (pseudonym for David Rivkin)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byBilly Sherrill
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
John McFee - guitar
Tommy Millar - fiddle
RecordedMay 18-29, 1981, CBS Studio A, Nashville
ReleasedOctober 23, 1981
AlbumsAlmost Blue, 1981
PromosElvis Costello Introduces... The Tracks From His New Album 'Almost Blue', 1981
Highlights From Almost Blue & Imperial Bedroom, 1994

First known performance:
March 27, 1981, London, England
Last known performance:
February 16, 2023, New York, NY
     (8 known performances)

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