Who Sang Last Boat Leaving? Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello Spike cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1989-2-6
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Alternative Rock/Rock & Roll
length: 3:32
lead vocals: Elvis Costello
mixer: Kevin Killen
engineer: Kevin Killen
bell: Cait O'Riordan
drums (drum set): Jim Keltner
accordion & bass guitar: T-Bone Wolk
bell & piano & acoustic guitar & mandolin & organ: Elvis Costello
Lyrics
Hush my little one don`t cry so
You know your Daddy`s bound to go
They took his pride
They took his voice
Don`t upset him now, don`t make a noise
They said "You`re lucky son you've still got a choice"
Last boat leaving

Don`t waste your tears
It`s not as if I`m in chains
I don`t want to go now, it would be better for
You, too, if I don`t look back when we sail

Hush my dear, while I whisper it in your ear
We`re not going to sail tonight
We`re going to disappear
And it feels like a punishment, but I don`t know what for
Take care of your mother, son, it`s you that she adores
`Cos no matter how long we sail we`ll never reach the shore
Last boat leaving

So dry your tears
It`s not as if I`m in chains
When you go to school, son, you`ll read my story in history books
Only they won`t mention my name

So hush now, my darling, my sweet little one
I hope that you never have to do what I`ve done
Do you know what I've done?
Why I`m going away? On the last boat leaving this stinking town
It`s the last boat leaving, it`s the last boat leaving

You've had my innocence, you've had my heartbreak
You've taken the place where I once belonged
Now what more can you take?

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 …This Town…
  • 2 Let Him Dangle
  • 3 Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
  • 4 Veronica
  • 5 God’s Comic
  • 6 Chewing Gum
  • 7 Tramp the Dirt Down
  • 8 Stalin Malone
  • 9 Satellite
  • 10 Pads, Paws and Claws
  • 11 Baby Plays Around
  • 12 Miss Macbeth
  • 13 Any King’s Shilling
  • 14 Coal‐Train Robberies
  • 15 Last Boat Leaving

  • Release information
    label: Warner Bros. Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075992584821
    script: Latin