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I Don't Want To Confess

Album This song officially appears on the Flowers In The Dirt (2017) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2017

Other McCartney / Costello songs released on 2017 Flowers In The Dirt

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Song facts

I Don’t Want To Confess” is one of the three songs (the other ones being “Twenty Fine Fingers” and “Tommy’s Coming Home“) written by McCartney and Costello that haven’t been officially released until 2017, and their appearance on the Flower In The Dirt reissue. It’s also the most confidential song of their collaboration, as it hadn’t been bootlegged before its official release; its existence had only been mentioned by Elvis Costello during a November 1994 interview on BBC Radio.

Last updated on April 1, 2017

Lyrics

Did you have to confess
Why'd you drag up that old mess
Did you have to be so indiscreet
What happened to keeping them guessing
Why shout our deepest secrets
To the tide comes rolling back again
And cast in the direction of the sky

All I ever see is people who can't wait to say their piece
So they issue their unmerciful release
And you're the latest name to grace that celebrated list
You think they'd make love letters won't be missed
They're worth their weight in gold
You and that small black dress
Won't have to look so old
Now the story is sold

I don't want to confess
Why'd you have to share these things with everyone
I don't want to confess
Everybody knows by now the word is out
But after you've gone
I won't need to
I won't have to
I don't want to confess

I don't want to confess
Why'd you drag up that old mess
Did you have to be so indiscreet
I'm determined to keep them guessing

Officially appears on


Flowers In The Dirt (2017)

Official album • Released in 2017

2:21 • DemoA • Taken from a cassette demo recorded at Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyElvis Costello

Flowers In The Dirt - The cassette demos

Cassette • Released in 2017

2:21 • DemoA • Taken from a cassette demo recorded at Hog Hill Mill, East Sussex

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyElvis Costello

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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