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May be the face I can't forget
A trace of pleasure or regret
May be my treasure or the price I have to pay
She may be the song that summer sings
May be the chill that autumn brings
May be a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day.

May be the beauty or the beast
May be the famine or the feast
May turn each day into a heaven or a hell
She may be the mirror of my dreams
A smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem
Inside her shell

She who always seems so happy in a crowd
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud
No one's allowed to see them when they cry
She may be the love that cannot hope to last
May come to me from shadows of the past
That I'll remember till the day I die

May be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I'm alive
The one I'll care for through the rough and ready years
Me I'll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I've got to be
The meaning of my life is

She, she, she

Written byCharles Aznavour & Herbert Kretzmer
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byTrevor Jones
Arranged byJulian Kershaw
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals
Clem Clempson - guitar
Dave Hartley - piano
Frank Ricotti - vibes
Trevor Barry - bass
Paul Clarvis - drums
The London Symphony Orchestra
Geoffrey Alexander - conductor
Recordedearly 1999, Abbey Road Studios, London
ReleasedMay 18, 1999
SinglesShe, 1999
CollectionsThe Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
In Motion Pictures, 2012
SoundtracksNotting Hill, 1999
Various Artists collectionsLove Diary Vol. 2, 1999
Hit Explosion '99 Volume 9, 1999
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs Vol. 2, 2001
The Ultimate Movie Album, 2001
Beauty, 2002
The Piano And The Song, 2002
Magic Summer Feeling, 2003
Love: Eternal Love Songs, 2003
Amour, 2003
Chick Flicks - The Sequel (40 Classic Themes From The Greatest Chick Flicks), 2003
Premium Xmas, 2003
Ladies Night, 2004
The Piano Songs, 2004
The Wedding Album II - FM802 Shirley's Saturday Music Islands, 2004
Loving You..., 2004
Just For You, 2004
New Standards: Contemporary Artists Performing Timeless Songs, 2004
Love Cinema - Movie Hits 4, 2004
The Ultimate Movie Collection, 2005
Movie Ballads, 2005
Songs From Love Cinema, 2005
Liebe Ist..., 2005
Autumn Ballads, 2005
Tears, 2006
Songbook - 20 Classic Standards From The Modern Masters Of Swing, 2006
The Cool Jazz Collection, Vol. 2, 2006
Tears: International Selection, 2007
15 Songs Of Rules: Make You Happy!!, 2008 -
La Première: The Music Inspired By Louvre, 2009 -
I Love You, 2009 -
Piano Love Songs, 2009 -
The Best Hits - 100 - Super 2000's, 2010 -
Always A Woman, 2010
Best Of My Love: Songs From The Heart 1961-2011, 2011
First Dates: The Album, 2017
The Best Of Film Music Vol. 3, 2020

First known performance:
May 30, 1999, San Diego, CA
Last known performance:
     (301 known performances, 3 as a snippet)

Notting Hill: Music From The Motion PictureNotting Hill UK album cover 300.jpg

Single: SheShe (Part 1) UK CD single front insert.jpg

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

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

In Motion PicturesIn Motion Pictures album cover.jpg

Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Charles Aznavour  1974  Single release Discogs
Joe Dolan  1978 Midnight Lover Amazon.ukDiscogs
 Vegas, Dave Stewart & Terry Hall  1992 Vegas AmazonAmazon.ukDiscogs
 Laura Pausini  2006  Single release (in Italian) Discogs
 Charles Aznavour & Bryan Ferry  2008 Duos Discogs
 Jeff Lynne  2012 Long Wave AmazonAmazon.ukDiscogs

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