Who Sang Pay It Back? Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello My Aim Is True cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1977-7-22
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: New Wave/Rock & Roll
length: 2:36
producer: Nick Lowe
piano: Sean Hopper
vocal: Elvis Costello
background vocals: John Ciambotti, Sean Hopper and Nick Lowe
organ: Sean Hopper
guitar: John McFee and Elvis Costello
drums (drum set): MMicky Shine
electric bass guitar: John Ciambotti
Lyrics
Stop thief! You're gonna come to grief
If you don't take a little more care
You're gonna get more than the family plan
From this one shoestring affair
I may be crazy buy I can't contemplate
Being trapped between the doctor and the magistrate

[Chorus:]
Once of these days I'm gonna pay it back
Pay it back one of these days
Once of these days I'm gonna pay it back
Pay it back one of these days

And then they told me I could be somebody
If I didn't let too much get in my way
And I tried so hard just to be myself
But I keep on fading away
And then the lights went out, I didn't know what to do
If I could fool myself, then maybe I'd fool you

[Chorus:]

I wouldn't say that I was raised on romance
Let's not get stuck in the past
I love you more than everything in the world
I don't expect that will last
They told me everything was guaranteed
Somebody somewhere must've lied to me

[Chorus:]

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Welcome to the Working Week
  • 2 Miracle Man
  • 3 No Dancing
  • 4 Blame It on Cain
  • 5 Alison
  • 6 Sneaky Feelings
  • 7 (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
  • 8 Less Than Zero
  • 9 Mystery Dance
  • 10 Pay It Back
  • 11 I’m Not Angry
  • 12 Waiting for the End of the World

  • Release information
    label: Stiff Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin