I've Been Wrong Before

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The night we met
A night that I won't forget
You've seen what I've been waiting for
But baby, I've been wrong before

You held me tight
And everything seemed just right
I couldn't ask for more
But baby, I've been wrong before

She used to smile at me
And hold my hand like you do
Then she left me
And broke my heart in two

See your face
And feel your warm embrace
You're all that I adore
But baby, I've been wrong before
Oh baby, I've been wrong before

I've Been Wrong Before
Written byRandy Newman
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello & Kevin Killen
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Pete Thomas - drums
Jerry Scheff - bass
Larry Knechtel - piano
Marc Ribot - electric guitar
Recorded1990, Blue Wave Studios, Barbados
Vocal backgrounds added at Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMay 9, 1995
AlbumsKojak Variety, 1995

First known performance:
May 16, 1995, Later With Jools Holland
Last known performance:
May 22, 2012, Bristol, England
     (11 known performances)

“"I get bracketed together with Randy Newman: the acerbic singer-songwriter who doesn't sell any records. He rankles at the mention of my name. I've never done anything to him. I love him. But I understand it. I manage a reasonable size audience without playing by the rules. People forget that he's a fantastic pop songwriter. He's right up there with Bacharach & David, Goffin & King, Mann & Weill — those people. There's a version of this by Dusty and by Cilla. Cilla's version of it is quite good actually, back in the days when she still took singing quite seriously.” — Elvis writing in Q Magazine, June 1995.

Kojak VarietyKV album cover large.jpg

Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Cilla Black  1965  single Discogs
Dusty Springfield  1965 Ev'rything's Coming Up Dusty AllMusic

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