Top Tune of the Week

Week of February 22, 2012

Elvis Costello - Song With Rose

Between last breaths and first regrets
The days dragged on like cigarettes
In the distance martyrs and martinets
Dally, dancing with the empty silhouettes of threats

Over the years Rosanne Cash has written a few songs with her longtime pal Elvis Costello, and today we’re proud to bring you the aptly titled “Song With Rose” – a centerpiece from Costello’s 2008 release Momufuku. It’s not the only time the two worked together – in fact they actually cut a couple of tracks with mutual pal Kris Kristofferson which have yet to see the light of day (although a live performance of one of the tunes, “April 5th,” was featured on Costello’s brilliant “talk” show, Spectacle).

If you ask us, these two share a lyrical DNA and are natural collaborators, and any pairing of the duo is always welcome (Rosanne’s stunning reading of E.C.’s “Our Little Angel” is an office favorite).

Joining Costello on the track are his band the Impostors (Pete Thomas, Steve Nieve and Davey Faragher), along with guests Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley), Johnathan Rice, “Farmer” Dave Scher, and (producer of the upcoming Jenny O. and Father John Misty discs) Jonathan Wilson.

Full lyrics to “Song With Rose” HERE.

Contact & Licensing info:
Written by Elvis Costello and Rosanne Cash
Elvis Costello / Sideways Songs (ASCAP) / Universal Music Publishing MGB Limited (phone: 310.235.4721)
Rosanne Cash / Chelcait Music (BMI) / Administered by Meausrable Music LLC, A Notable Music Co./contact: /
Master controlled by Universal Music Group /


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