I Want You (Elvis Costello song)

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"I Want You"
Single by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
from the album Blood & Chocolate
Released1986 (1986)
Songwriter(s)Elvis Costello

"I Want You" is a song written and recorded by Elvis Costello. It was released as a single from his 1986 album Blood & Chocolate.

The dark lyrics describe a tormented romantic relationship. The narrator recounts the details of his partner's infidelities, while repeatedly declaring "I want you" after each line. The music is taken at a slow, dirge-like tempo; towards the conclusion Costello offers brief guitar solo that repeats two dissonant notes. Stephen Thomas Erlewine described it as "[among] the nastiest songs he has ever recorded, both lyrically and musically".[1] In his album notes for the Girls Girls Girls compilation album, Costello wrote that "[t]he sound of this track was always going to be the aural equivalent of a blurred polaroid, so no apologies for the lack of fidelity. None are needed, it's just a pornographic snapshot; lots of broken glass, a squashed box of chocolates and a little blood on the wall."[2]

Cover Versions[edit]

  • In 2006, Fiona Apple covered the song, accompanied by Elvis Costello, as a VH1 tribute to Costello.[3]


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1995-07-21). "Blood & Chocolate - Elvis Costello,Elvis Costello & the Attractions | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  2. ^ Costello, Elvis (1989). Girls Girls Girls [CD booklet]. Brentford: Demon Records.
  3. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/unlucky-in-love-13-songs-for-valentines-day-haters-10870/fiona-apple-and-elvis-costello-i-want-you-91177/
  4. ^ "Under The Covers CD | Rustblade – Label and Distribution". Rustblade. Retrieved 2017-06-23.