Costello, Elvis - God Give Me Strength Lyrics




Now I have nothing
So God give me strength
'Cos I'm weak in her wake
And if I'm strong I might still break
And I don't have anything to share
That I won't throw away into the air
That song is sung out
This bell is rung out
She was the light that I'd bless
She took my last chance of happiness
So God give me strength
God give me strength

I can't hold on to her
God give me strength
When the phone doesn't ring
And I'm lost in imagining
Everything that kind of love is worth
As I tumble back down to the earth

That song is sung out
This bell is rung out
She was the light that I'd bless
She took my last chance of happiness
So God give me strength

God if she'd grant me her indulgence and decline
I might as well
Wipe her from my memory
Fracture the spell
As she becomes my enemy

Maybe I was washed out
Like a lip-print on his shirt
See, I'm only human
I want him to hurt
I want him
I want him to hurt

Since I lost the power to pretend
That there could ever be a happy ending
That song is sung out
This bell is rung out
She was the light that I'd bless
She took my last chance of happiness
So God give me strength
God give me strength





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  1. Shane music

    This song is lefting me up in life most of all i pray its lefting your soul too in life ....God bless all in life ......

  2. Shane music

    God bless all in life.....................

  3. Antonio Z

    A beautiful and powerful song. A great collaboration of composer and singer.

  4. Lupe Guel

    🎼MasterPiece 💕 The Most Beautiful Song 🎶 InSpirational 🙏🦋

  5. Jon Santos

    Absolutely Outstanding...Elvis has not left the building !

  6. David Christie

    Masterwork.

  7. rijamor

    It has to be the most unlikely collaboration ever, but hell, it works.

  8. VOman 07

    This song by Elvis is supreme, but I highly recommend the version by Kristin Vigard. Comes close.

  9. Sherry Silva

    He one of music writers of our time

  10. Lester Nugent

    This song is PERFECTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. y g

    Beautiful Song!

  12. Sherry Silva

    He’s amazing

  13. VOman 07

    Don't know how it could get any more divine. Burt is already a Deity in my life. There have been very few and are very few who can sing Bacharach.
    The club is small. Dionne Warwick and Elvis are the notables

  14. Steve Spag

    No one can ever sing this song as good as you, Elvis! This whole album is outstanding, wish you'd sing more songs like this. Classic!

  15. Debbie Edwards

    Listen. It will touch your heart.
    Thanks to these two big talents for giving us this beautiful masterpiece. Oh, the Bacharach horns! Fabulous!

  16. Sherry Silva

    That song is sung out
    This bell is rung out....

  17. Marcella Casey

    🌿Timeless ♦️🌿

  18. Pascal Perennou

    le theme est très beau

  19. Bittencourt Oliveira

    A música mais bonita com Elvis Costello.Já o Burt dispensa qualquer comentário.Talvez o maior compositor da minha época.E eu já tenho 73 anos.Sempre amei as suas músicas.Gosto até mais das somente orquestradas.Um grande gênio musical.

  20. Daniel Eyre

    They certainly don't make songs like they used to...

  21. Tega Temenior

    very beautiful song, but Elvis was mixing the lyrics, interchanging with him and her, this is quite interesting to me, because Luther Vandross always did this with his songs, they sing it so deeply and personally, making you question their sexuality and subject of the passion.

  22. Peter Mortimer

    This proves that some music is timeless. The writing, production and presentation are inspired.

  23. Frank T

    Amazing rendition of a gorgeous piece of music.

  24. hmb.ri

    The other versions are lovely in their way, but for me this is the only one that captures the sense of pain and despair that are in the lyric. Does he hit the notes perfectly, no, but that’s not what this is about. It’s the phrasing, the way he breathes the melody. Inspired

    Lizzie Tompkins

    hmb.ri that’s the beauty of Elvis—an imperfectly perfect, passionate voice. His pleading vocals make it that much more painful and beautiful.

  25. Crystal Pentz

    Brilliant

  26. Stephen Borland

    Mind blown.

  27. ken blecha

    So difficult and complex. Takes incredible talent to pull this off. Well done boys!

  28. WolfHeavyMetal

    I sing this song with the cd, but it took a long time to get a hold of the sweeping ranges of notes at the end. It's a truly beautiful and heartbreaking piece of music. Brought me to tears the first few times I heard it and sung it!

  29. dutchblackgirl

    Love Elvis Costello so much...

  30. Chris Houghton

    Elvis Costello's best song.

  31. americo souza

    canta muito show

  32. John Ozed

    I was at Right Track Recording when Elvis & Burt recorded this for the Grace of My Heart movie.

  33. Keith A. Sanford

    This album is like top five all time to me. What an amazing collaboration.

  34. Pamela J. Miller

    so moving ... Burt and Elvis ... what a superb collaboration ... LOVE it with every bone in my soul. Thank you, guys ...

  35. Clifford Morts

    This is a little piece of brilliance. I listen to it over and over. Elvis has some serious chops.

  36. alisonchristinewebb

    Utter perfection 👌

  37. james Gray

    Probably the most consistent writer of our time to produce timeless classics one after another for forty years. Can't say enough great things about my favorite artist. Happy 64 Elvis!

  38. honeymus

    anyone who downloads this gorgeous performance should remove themselves from this page.

  39. armstronglance

    Great live performance Elvis! You have great vocal control! You know when to use your great vibrato. Burt great arrangement.

  40. Anne Stephens

    Rest In Peace Elvis Costello

    deerfried

    Please, let's be careful here. Elvis is still very much with us!

  41. jazmin1958

    Superb !!! moved me to tears, thanks so much for posting it. Love BB and also Elvis Costello, wonderful artists.

  42. Lady Anna Thompsett

    God, give you strength to fight cancer...

  43. Sean Kriner

    Greatest song ever written. Incredible performance.

  44. Daniel Foster

    this is really really fucking good

  45. 150Spoke9

    @ Jesus Gonzalez: Copy That!

  46. T・Y everything is good

    バートバカラックのテイストが分断に入っている所が好きです。あの往年のストリングスとサックスは外せませんね(^^)コステロの高音域の伸びのあるvo.も素晴らしい。名曲です!

  47. Tony Beer

    i love this track

  48. Greg Boboski

    A great pairing!

  49. George B

    I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Elvis’s voice. But there’s no doubt that he nails this. Magnificent performance.

  50. Linda Grimes

    I love Kristen Vigard’s rendition!

  51. tony mariani

    Fantastic song

  52. melinda anderson

    Such a powerful song. Costello sings it beautifully.

  53. sledger2003

    I really feel bad for the 38 people who 'disliked' this .. you genuinely do not have a soul.

    Lester Nugent

    Soulless, miserable sad excuses for people !!!!!!!!!!

  54. Casimiro De Pena

    Very nice.

  55. Matt Vella

    CPTSD, clinical depression, GAD with anti social tendencies stemming from incest abuse. God give me strength. To accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

  56. Tc Tc

    This song gets better and better

  57. Randall Hollensbe

    One of my favorite albums.

  58. Adam Kelm

    A Legendary Performance.

  59. William Fisher

    Sounds like he had bad divorce...I love this song but it make me sad. I needed this song on my last heartbreak.

  60. Nikki Casavan

    Lyrics
    Now I have nothing, so God give me strength
    'Cause I'm weak in her wake
    And if I'm strong I might still break
    And I don't have anything to share
    That I won't throw away into the air

    That song is sung out
    This bell is rung out
    She was the light that I'd bless
    She took my last chance at happiness
    So God give me strength
    God give me strength

    I can't hold onto her, God give me strength
    When the phone doesn't ring
    And I'm lost in imagining
    Everything that kind of love is worth
    As I tumble back down to the earth

    That song is sung out
    This bell is rung out
    She was the light that I'd bless
    She took my last chance at happiness
    So God give me strength

    God if she'd grant me her indulgence and decline
    I might as well, wipe her from my memory
    Fracture the spell, as she becomes my enemy
    Maybe I was washed out like a lip-print on my shirt
    See, I'm only human, I want her to hurt
    I want her
    I want her to hurt

    Since I lost the power to pretend
    That there could ever be a happy ending

    That song is sung out
    This bell is rung out
    She was the light that I'd bless
    She took my last chance at happiness
    So God give me strength
    God give me strength

    Wipe her from my memory
    I might as well
    God give me strength
    God give me strength
    I might as well

    artmusicfood

    Thank you!

    WolfHeavyMetal

    Thanks so much for the lyrics!! There was a few that I could never get right!

    Dan Hagfors

    Thanks for posting these powerful lyrics for a broken heart

  61. The Next James Bawnd

    37 people have no heart or musical taste. Thank #God we're #winning

  62. henry martinez

    I'm fighting cancer this song means a lot to me please god give me strength 🙏

    Adam Kelm

    hang in there....I'm prayin' for ya.

    Baby Doll

    henry martinez I'm fighting cancer as well and this is the first song I thought of. mostly asking for strength to beat it. I'll keep you in my prayers 😃

    Deborah Higginbotham

    May God give you both strength, and health, and hope.

  63. Studio Lefrak

    Beautiful!

  64. donna corvello

    one of the best colaborations

  65. ROCKSTARCRANE

    This may be one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

    Sherry Silva

    Elvis is like the Shakespeare of our time

    J em60 Mphy

    Yes I agree

    Dac Tucker

    Could be.

  66. Cecilia Mariel

    2017!!!! listening to this just leaves me breathless!!

  67. Anne Mander

    Such amazing music. These artists are coordinating during the peak periods. Simply outstanding music for adults. :)

  68. Maryann Curtis

    Love, love, love

  69. JPC

    Burt wrote this song, correct? Beautiful!

  70. y g

    Cause if you ant the next Mexican American Sensation. Cause the music now is riduculius
    and stupid. Don't you want good  music. I remember music in the 60-80 that was beautiful music..

  71. y g

    Mr. B check out Sounds Vinyl Anthony Galaz.

  72. David Lawrence

    Such an emotionally powerful song!

  73. Brian Webb

    Sandie's Favorite

  74. Beardz brothers leather goods

    I was in prison in the early 2000 and saw this performed on PBS and have been in love with it since and wish everyone had the ear to love it .

    Catherine Fitzpatrick

    Abigail Clark- Wall I hope we both find love again!

    sledger2003

    Hope you're doing well 1 year on from this mate

    Blaine McCammack

    Whyd u go to prison?

    melinda anderson

    It is only fair you tell why since you brought it up Beardz.

    # dragon

    I need people in my life who appreciate this as much as I do. I bought the CD after stumbling upon it at the, now defunct Border Books. I listen to it privately, with the lights very dim and full volume. The whole CD is amazing.

  75. Ricky ♫ Guitarman ♪

    did he say, HIM???

    scottydude

    yes, i believe he's referring to the "other man"

    Ricky ♫ Guitarman ♪

    @scottydude
    got it :)

  76. Alice Müeller

    Everything... 😍

  77. Gene Brodeur

    Vigard does a great version too. She sang it for the movie "Grace Of My Heart."

    modsoul1

    Inexplicably not on the soundtrack.

  78. Sandie Webb

    heart wrenching but beautiful

  79. elchrisgamer

    Elvis Costello you hit it perfectly you just don't. hear. the voice and music you feel itin your heart and soul

  80. elchrisgamer

    wow what a soul moving rendition never heard it done better

  81. Luv Calandro

    I just heard this song on a Dionne Warwick album, it didn't sound like Dionne so I came to YouTube to find the single.  Instead I found this.  OMG, It's so beautiful. Chills and tears. Now I must see Grace of My Heart. Thank you for posting this. xox

    MODEMA ROSE

    They are MAGIC together!!! Elvis is such a unique storyteller that goes way way beyond keys and notes.. It moves Yr soul. Glad u found it ;)

    Tracy Bond Bird

    +Luv Calandro I LOVE that movie.

    ROCKSTARCRANE

    You've probably seen it by now, but if not, the last song "Boat On The Sea" will have you weeping....

    wpollock1

    The whole Costello Bacharek album is fantastic.....Painted From Memory

    Lester Nugent

    PERFECTION !!!!!!!

  82. ana.cecilia Smith

    lovely song

    Marcia Mayer

    muito legal.

  83. bertbretherton

    Been there. A long while ago and I still ask for the strength every day. The bell rings. A brilliant performance.

  84. Patti Smith

    The movie Grace of My Heart had this song ....such a great movie.   I noticed in this song Elvis sung about "her/she"   Then he sang "I want HIM to hurt"??

    Sniffles68

    @Patti Smith The man SHE'S with now...

    Jason Sparks

    @Patti Smith grace of my heart really underated film, one of my favourites , and i brillant soundtrack, some fantastic songs on it ,great idea to use comtempory artists to reimagine (yes i hate that word),old 60s music, ...........i do love carole king

    MODEMA ROSE

    Yes, He wants the other Guy to hurt.. His loves new guy;)

    Vinny Vance

    +MODEMA ROSE A not-unreasonable request, if you have been there...

    MODEMA ROSE

    +Vinny Vance Yes, I hear ya.... Not unreasonable in the slightest ;)

  85. JustEraseTheSystem

    so powerful man grew up listening to this 

  86. Jennifer Peterson

    Cried thru the entire song. Beyond brilliant. 

  87. jesus gonzales

    Yes, it was approximately 17 years ago Moscow guitarist, I watched the tribute concert for Mr. Bacharach on a PBS channel around that time. It was a great concert with many great recording artists.

  88. jesus gonzales

    It's great to know that great music is still being composed !!! Thank you Burt and Elvis!

    moscowguitarman

    It was about seventeen years ago, you know!

  89. satomisuperblack

    Beyond any technique or vocal skill, nobody can sing this song like Costello

    Virginia Abreu de Paula

    Nolan, I only heard it last night. I didn't know this song. And I also couldn't help but cry. And now, Listening to it again, here I am crying. Pure emotion. It is so amazing. Beautiful beyond words. And somehow it came in the right moment. I am living dark times. May God give me strengh.

    David Kennedy

    hang in there. easy to say, hard to do i know. but it does get better. you just have to hold on and hang on. it gets better.

    Virginia Abreu de Paula

    Thank you so much. I really need words of faith. It's been so hard.

    David Kennedy

    you're welcome. i hope you're nowhere near Houston these days. if you're not, just remember, it could be worse. and if you ARE there, help is on the way. and when things get awful, remember tomorrow is always better than today. so hang in there and do whatever you have to do to survive until the clouds clear away. you'll be in my thoughts. take heart, Virginia!!

    Virginia Abreu de Paula

    @David Kennedy Just read the last message you wrote one year ago. No, I am too far from Houston. I am in..Brazil. Things remains the same for me, however I feel much better in spite of the problem. I feel less worried. I have more faith things will be solved. That is very good. However, things are worse for my country in general. Part of it is on fire. Insane govern. And your message applies perfectly well. Thank you again.

  90. satomisuperblack

    Beyond any technique or vocal skill, nobody can sing this song like Costello

    MODEMA ROSE

    He's a Story teller like no other!! That's why Burt Loves him too.

  91. Antonio Washington

    This track not only gives me both tears of pain and joy, no matter what obstacles and discouragement I go to, I thank the lord and Elvis Cosello/Burt Bachrach for making this song possible that bring me comfort,closure and composure of my hardships times in life and thank God for this, because when you got God, you got a friend, and that's you! Because The Good Bible is Yesterday, Today, and Forever! God Bless this track, and God Bless, Elvis Costello and Burt Bachrach for making this song possible. James1:3

  92. Victoria Ordin

    Just saw Grace of my Heart after many years. An amazing song and perfect for credits. 

  93. JaCee Music

    I luv you, Burt!

  94. Teresa Aranha

    Marvellous music

  95. Elizabeth Long

    ..thank you

    Elizabeth Long

     u ..wouldn't hang onto mementos.

  96. sykorant

    From "Welcome to the Working Week" to the Juliet Letters, and then onward, he grew as a musician and a singer. It's amazing that I got to see Elvis Costello in my lifetime. I owe him a great debt.

    wpollock1

    Amen to that.  All those albums and this one (Painted From Memory) was a real treat.  So many great songs and performances......

  97. Roy Detweiler

    God give me strength. Each time I listen to it becomes more powerful than before...

  98. timothy burch

    Gorgeous!