"Almost Blue" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Almost blue
Almost doing things we used to do
There's a girl here and she's almost you
Almost all the things that your eyes once promised
I see in hers too
Now your eyes are red from crying

Almost blue
Flirting with this disaster became me
It named me as the fool who only aimed to be

Almost blue
It's almost touching, it will almost do
There is part of me that's always true
Always
Not all good things come to an end, now it is only a chosen few
I've seen such an unhappy couple

Almost me
Almost you
Almost blue


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"Almost Blue" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentLove this song.

    It's about two people in a relationship who have grown apart. "There's a girl here and she's almost you..." refers to his current love, but because they've grown apart, she's just not the same.
    Addie Maeon August 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is a comment on the Youtube showing of this song that says that the song is too short; I disagree, it says so much in two verses it needs no more
    lagerfrenzyon April 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn exquisite song, Costello at his best as a writer and performer. Catch, if you can, the haunting performance by Chet Baker.
    v1mon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe gwen stephani version is awesome as well
    VintageCutieon October 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGwen Stefani? Really?

    Anyway... this song reminds me of his album North.
    skleggon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthanx addie. silly me, i was too literal and thought he was comparing a current lover to an ex-lover...which doesn't make much sense, as they'd both have to be present for him to see into two pairs of eyes. somehow I didn't reach the obvious conclusion.
    foreverdroneon June 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe wordplay on imperial bedroom is astounding, even by the high standards set by elvis' past work. you could write a book on the lyrical complexity of songs like "beyond belief" or "man out of time"...in terms of meter, rhyme, prosody/phrasing, meaning, subtext, running themes (within the album or throughout his career), etc.

    here he uses a device (hardly original, but rarely done as well) exploiting the ambiguity of a word which fits into both one line and the next:

    There's a girl here and she's almost you...almost
    All the things that your eyes once promised

    [which is how he sings it...but it also works this way]

    There's a girl here and she's almost you
    Almost all the things that your eyes once promised
    foreverdroneon June 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is sheer poetry, as indeed are a great deal of Costello's lyrics. The words in this song are overloaded, double meanings exploited and hidden meanings deftly stitched into what has in this case become pretty much an acknowledged jazz classic. There have been so many covers of this song, but I've yet to hear one that improves on the original. IMO Tracey Thorn of Everything but the Girl comes closest, but ultimately fails through a less than stellar arrangement.

    So what's it all about? As I see it, he is singing to his ex-lover, about a narrow escape he's just had with a different girl, who in many ways was almost like his ex. He flirted with this girl, but caught himself in time, realising that he was well on the way to making a fool of himself, by trying to repeat his affair with the ex - an affair that we must assume ended in tears, or at least ended with him (and her) being blue.
    scottmeon May 21, 2013   Link

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