Sweet Pear

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Sweet pear, sweet pear
Those who say they love you would never dare
I'll watch out for you
I'll always be there
In the hour of your distress, you need not fear

In all the world there's only one true love
And finding it's hard enough
I bless whatever's in the sky above
For bringing you to me

But there's a void without your kiss
I wake on the precipice above the abyss
And though the touch of your lips these fears dismiss
Make no mistake there is an ache I have to live with

Was my grip too loose, my grip too strong
That made you want to run away
And now you're back where I pretend you belong
I wonder every night and day
How long

I swear this is my prayer
Till we're burned and scattered in the atmosphere
Or lost in the world across a crowded room
I am your stupid lover, your wretched groom

Sweet Pear
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello (featuring The Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
Produced byMitchell Froom, Kevin Killen & D.P.A. MacManus
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, electric guitar
Gregory Davis - trumpet
Efrem Towns - trumpet
Kevin Harris - tenor saxophone
Roger Lewis - baritone saxophone
Charles Joseph - trombone
Kirk Joseph - sousaphone
Pete Thomas - drums
Jerry Scheff - bass
Larry Knechtel - piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Mitchell Froom - celesta, Hammond B-3 organ
Recordedlate 1990-early 1991, Ocean Way, Hollywood & Westside Studios, London
ReleasedMay 10, 1991
AlbumsMighty Like A Rose, 1991

First known performance:
May 26, 1991, Los Angeles, CA
Last known performance:
May 21, 2004, Bochum, Germany
     (20 known performances)

Alternate versions

Sweet Pear (Home Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, all instruments
Recordedca. 1990, Elvis' home
ReleasedNovember 18, 2002
AlbumsMighty Like A Rose (Rhino reissue), 2002
Mighty Like A RoseMLAR album cover large.jpg


Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2020 YouTube

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