The First to Leave

Elvis Costello, Brodsky Quartet2009年3月3日


The First To Leave - Elvis Costello (埃爾維斯 科斯特洛)/Brodsky Quartet

I should open with a kiss

For if you're reading this

You must have opened up your case

And found this letter where I placed it

In between the silk and lace


There were other clues

Like your walking shoes


But I still refused to believe


That you were meant to be the first to leave


Everybody here sends you their love


How could I forget you still walk above


Or below

Perhaps you'll never know this purgatory

We never could agree

There's a thought there's a pause

No time to repent


Eternally yours

In a permanent lent


But if I should give you up


If you're right and life just stops


And I never see your face again

Then from unearthly pleasures proud and plain

I shall abstain


Til you realize my loss is your surprise


Unless you know otherwise

Then don't grieve

You see I had to be the first to leave