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.