Song of the Day #2,557: ‘Withered and Died’ – Elvis Costello

goodbyecruelwordHere’s a nice song culled from the bonus tracks of a reissue of Elvis Costello’s Goodbye Cruel World.

Costello is such a prolific songwriter that anytime I hear a new track I immediately assume it’s his own composition. But this song was actually written by Richard Thompson and has been performed by both him and his (one-time) wife Linda.

Elvis certainly does it justice here.

This cruel old country has driven me down, teased me and lied.
I’ve only sad stories to tell to this town
My dreams have withered and died.

Once I was bending the tops of the trees,
Kind thoughts in my head, kind voices to hear.
Then I took up with a girl from the West.
They’d run and hide, they’d run and hide.
Count one to ten and she’s gone like the rest.
My dreams have withered and died.

If I was a butterfly, lived for a day,
I could be free just blowing away.
Silver moon sailor and silver moonshine
On the water so wide, water so wide,
Slip from the bed of a good friend of mine
My dreams have withered and died.

Once I was bending the tops of the trees
Kind thoughts in my head, kind voices to hear.
This cruel country has driven me down, teased me and lied.
Teased me and lied.
I’ve only sad stories to tell to this town.
My dreams have withered and died. [x3]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,557: ‘Withered and Died’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not very familiar with this song or this album as a whole. Good one though.

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