I Threw It All Away

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I once held her in my arms
She said she would always stay
But I was cruel
And I treated her like a fool
I threw it all away

Once I had mountains in the palm of my hand
And rivers that ran through every day
But I must have been mad
I never knew what I had
Until I threw it all away

Love is all there is, it makes the world go 'round
Love and only love, it can't be denied
No matter what you think about it
You just won't be able to do without it
Take a tip from one who's tried

So if you find someone that gives you all of her love
Take it to your heart, don't let it stray
'Cause one thing for certain
You will surely be hurtin'
If you throw it all away
If you throw it all away

I Threw It All Away
Written byBob Dylan
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello & Kevin Killen
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Jim Keltner - drums
Jerry Scheff - bass
Larry Knechtel - piano, Hammond organ
Marc Ribot - electric guitar, banjo
James Burton - acoustic guitar
Recorded1990, Blue Wave Studios, Barbados
Vocal backgrounds added at Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMay 9, 1995
AlbumsKojak Variety, 1995
PromosKojak Variety Sampler, 1995 (excerpt)
Malice And Magic, 1995 (US)
Selections From Almost Blue, Goodbye Cruel World, Kojak Variety, 2004

First known performance:
April 10, 1984, Charlottesville, VA
Last known performance:
May 7, 2022, Tulsa, OK
     (30 known performances)

Kojak VarietyKV album cover large.jpg

Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Bob Dylan  1969 Nashville Skyline AmazonDiscogsWikipedia: Nashville Skyline
Aztec Camera  1988  Live recording on B-Side of single release "Working In A Goldmine" DiscogsYouTube
Scott Walker  1996 To Have And To Hold (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) AmazonDiscogs

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