God Give Me Strength

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Now I have nothing, so God give me strength
'Cos I'm weak in her wake
And if I'm strong I might still break
And I don't have anything to share
That I won't throw away into the air

That song is sung out
This bell is rung out
She was the light that I'd bless
She took my last chance of happiness
So God give me strength
God give me strength

I can't hold on to her, God give me strength
When the phone doesn't ring
And I'm lost in imagining
Everything that kind of love is worth
As I tumble back down to the earth

That song is sung out
This bell is rung out
She was the light that I'd bless
She took my last chance of happiness
So God give me strength

God if she'd grant me her indulgence and decline
I might as well wipe her from my memory
Fracture the spell as she becomes my enemy

Maybe I was washed out like a lip-print on his shirt
See, I'm only human, I want him to hurt
I want him
I want him to hurt

Since I lost the power to pretend
That there could ever be a happy ending
That song is sung out
This bell is rung out
She was the light that I'd bless
She took my last chance of happiness
So God give me strength
God give me strength

God Give Me Strength
Written byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Performed byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Produced byBurt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
Arranged byBurt Bacharach
MusiciansElvis Costello - voice
Burt Bacharach - piano, conductor
Rob Mounsey - keyboard
David Spinozza - guitar
T-Bone Wolk - bass
Chris Parker - drums
Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling - flugelhorns
Lawrence Feldman - alto flute
David Carey - vibes
Elena Barere, David Nadien, Marti Sweet, Richard Sortomme, Laura Seaton, Barry Finclair, Jan Mullen, Paul Peabody, Donna Tocco, John Pintavalle - violins
Julien Barber, Sue Pray - violas
Mark Onin Shuman, Richard Locker - cellos
RecordedFebruary 12, 1996, Right Track Studios, New York

recording engineer - Kevin Killen

assistant engineer - Joe Lizzi
ReleasedSeptember 10, 1996
AlbumsPainted From Memory, 1998
The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello, 2023
CollectionsThe Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
In Motion Pictures, 2012
SoundtracksGrace Of My Heart, 1996
Various Artists collectionsThe Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection, 1998
The Look Of Love; Die Hits Von Burt Bacharach, 2002
Burt Bacharach & Friends: Gold, 2006
The Definitive Burt Bacharach Songbook, 2006
Magic Moments - The Definitive Burt Bacharach Collection, 2008
PromosGrace Of My Heart Soundtrack Promo, 1996
God Give Me Strength, 1996
MCA Soundtracks: Off The Cutting Room Floor, 1997
Selections From The Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection, 1998
VideosThe Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook, 2011
Length6:10 (album version)
4:29 (promo edit)

Alternate versions

God Give Me Strength (Live 1997)
Performed byElvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Burt Bacharach - piano, conductor
Paul Shaffer - organ
Sid McGinnis, Felicia Collins - guitars
Will Lee - bass
Anton Fig - drums
Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling - flugelhorns
Elena Barere, Richard Sortomme, Carol Webb Sortomme, Barry Finclair, Marti Sweet, Sandra Park, Paul Peabody, Cecilia Hobbs Gardener, Ann Leathers, Laura Seaton, Abe Appleman, Jan Mullen - violins
Crystal Garner, Maryhelen Ewing - violas
Richard Locker, Ellen Westerman - cellos
RecordedFebruary 25, 1997, Late Show With David Letterman
ReleasedNovember 18, 1997
Various Artists collectionsLive On Letterman: Music From The Late Show, 1997

God Give Me Strength (Live 1998)
Performed byElvis Costello (& Burt Bacharach)
Produced byBurt Bacharach
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Burt Bacharach - piano, conductor
David Coy - bass
David Crigger - drums
Grant Geissman - guitar
David Joyce - keyboards
Rob Shrock - keyboards
John Thomas - horns
Dennis Wilson - reeds
Donna Taylor, Lisa Taylor, John Pagano - backing vocals
Tony Kadleck - flugelhorn
Lawrence Feldman - alto flute
Keith O'Quinn - trombone
Avril Brown, Natalie Cenovia Cummins, Karen Karlsrud, Helen Kim, Shinwon Kim, Laura Oatts, Belinda Whitney-Barratt, Robin Zeh - violins
Debra Shufelt - viola
Stephanie Cummins - cello
RecordedApril 8, 1998, New York, NY
ReleasedNovember 21, 1998
Various Artists collectionsBurt Bacharach: One Amazing Night, 1998 -
VideosBurt Bacharach: One Amazing Night, 1998

God Give Me Strength (Live 1999)
Performed byElvis Costello & Steve Nieve
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - piano
RecordedJune 16, 1999, Toronto, Canada
ReleasedMarch 3, 2023
AlbumsThe Songs Of Bacharach & Costello, 2023

God Give Me Strength (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello with The Metropole Orkest
Produced byGert-Jan van den Dolder
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
The Metropole Orkest
Vince Mendoza - conductor
RecordedJuly 9, 2004, The Hague, Netherlands
ReleasedJanuary 13, 2006
AlbumsMy Flame Burns Blue, 2006
Various Artists collectionsWord Magazine 38 - Now Hear This!, 2006
Grace Of My Heart: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackGrace Of My Heart soundtrack album cover.jpg

Live On Letterman: Music From The Late ShowLive On Letterman Music From The Late Show album cover.jpg

Painted From MemoryPFM album cover large.jpg

The Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach CollectionThe Look Of Love The Burt Bacharach Collection album cover.jpg

Burt Bacharach: One Amazing NightBurt Bacharach One Amazing Night album cover.jpg

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

My Flame Burns BlueMy Flame Burns Blue album cover.jpg

The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning SongbookThe Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook album cover.jpg

In Motion PicturesIn Motion Pictures album cover.jpg

The Songs Of Bacharach & Costello album cover.jpg


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