Elvis Costello And The Attractions - Psycho (Leon Payne / Eddie Noack Cover)





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From '' Sweet Dreams ''
Label: F-Beat -- XX 19
Format: Vinyl, 7", Single
Country: UK
Released: 1981

A Sweet Dreams
Producer - Billy Sherrill, Written-By - Don Gibson
B Psycho
Producer - Elvis Costello, Written-By - Leon Payne

Psycho 'Recorded live at The Palomino Club, North Hollywood, USA, February 16th 1979.'

Eddie Noack version


Psycho (Live 1979)

Written by Leon Payne
Performed by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced by Elvis Costello
Musicians Elvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
John McFee - guitar

Recorded February 16, 1979, North Hollywood, CA
Vocal apparently re-recorded in 1981
Released December 4, 1981

Albums Almost Blue (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1994
Almost Blue (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
Singles Sweet Dreams, 1981
Good Year For The Roses, 1981 (Scandinavia)
Collections Singles, Volume 2, 2003
Various Artists collections From Hell To Obscurity, 1989



Can Mary fry some fish, mama
I'm as hungry as can be.

Oh lord, how I wish, mama
You could stop the baby cryin'
'Cause my head is killing me.

I saw my ex again last night mama
She was at the dance at Miller's store
She was with that Jackie White mama
I killed them both and they're buried under Jacob's sycamore.

You think I'm psycho don't you mama
I didn't mean to break your cup.
You think I'm psycho don't you mama
You better let 'em lock me up.

Oh, don't hand me Johnny's pup mama
As I might squeeze him too tight.
I'm havin' crazy dreams again mama
So let me tell you 'bout last night.
I woke up in Johnny's room mama
Standing right there by his bed
With my hands around his throat mama
Wishing both of us were dead.

You think I'm psycho don't you mama
I just killed Johnny's pup.
You think I'm psycho don't you mama
You'd better let 'em lock me up.

Oh, you recall that little girl mama
I believe her name was Betty Clark.
Oh, don't tell me that she's dead mama
'Cause I just saw her in the park.

We were sitting on a bench mama
Thinking of a game to play,
Seems I was holding a wrench mama
Then my mind just walked away,

You think I'm psycho don't you mama
I didn't mean to break your cup,
You think I'm psycho don't you mama
Mama why don't you get up?


The song was written by Leon Payne.

Eddie Noack recorded "Psycho" in 1968. (K-ARK 45-843)
This version was barely released and the song remained obscure until covered by Michigan singer Jack Kittel in 1973.

Australian blues/rock band The Beasts of Bourbon also released a cover of "Psycho" in 1984.

Andre Williams & The Sadies, recorded a cover of the song for his album 'Red Dirt' in 1999.

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