Elvis Costello Lyrics


Elvis Costello Lyrics

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From the Album Wise Up Ghost (with The Roots) (2013) (buy at amazon.com)
Wise Up Ghost [with The Roots]
Walk Us Uptown
Sugar Won't Work
Refuse To Be Saved
Wake Me Up
Tripwire
Stick Out Your Tongue
Come The Meantimes
(She Might Be A) Grenade
Cinco Minutos Con Vos
Viceroy's Row
Wise Up Ghost
If I Could Believe
My New Haunt (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
Can You Hear Me? (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
The Puppet Has Cut His Strings (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)


From the Album The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Wheel (Live CD) (2012) (buy at amazon.com)

I Hope You're Happy Now
Mystery Dance
Radio Radio
Everyday I Write The Book
God Give Me Strength
Watching The Detectives
Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)
I Want You
Stella Hurt
All Grown Up
Lipstick Vogue
Man Out of Time
National Ransom
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding


From the Album National Ransom (2010) (buy at amazon.com)
National Ransom
National Ransom
Jimmie Standing In The Rain
Stations Of The Cross
A Slow Drag With Josephine
Five Small Words
Church Underground
You Hung The Moon
Bullets For The New-Born King
I Lost You
Dr. Watson, I Presume
One Bell Ringing
The Spell That You Cast
That's Not The Part Of Him
My Lovely Jezebel
All These Strangers
A Voice In The Dark
I Hope


From the Album Secret, Profane and Sugarcane (2009) (buy at amazon.com)

Down Among the Wines and Spirits
Complicated Shadows
I Felt the Chill Before the Winter Came
My All Time Doll
Hidden Shame
She Handed Me a Mirror
I Dreamed of My Old Lover
How Deep Is the Red
She Was No Good
Sulphur to Sugarcane
Red Cotton
The Crooked Line
Changing Partners


From the Album Momofuku (2008) (buy at amazon.com)

No Hiding Place
American Gangster Time
Turpentine
Harry Worth
Drum & Bone
Flutter & Wow
Stella Hurt
Mr. Feathers
My Three Sons
Song With Rose
Pardon Me Madam, My Name Is Eve
Go Away


From the Album Rock & Roll Music (2007) (buy at amazon.com)

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
(What's So Funny 'Bout)Peace, Love And Understanding
Baby's Got a Brand New Hairdo
Big Tears
Clean Money
Girls Talk
Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?
I Hope You're Happy Now
King Horse
Lipstick Vogue
Lover's Walk
Miracle Man
Mystery Dance
No Action
Pump It Up
This Year's Girl
Tiny Steps
Tokyo Storm Warning
Uncomplicated
Wednesday Week
Welcome to The Working Week
You Belong to Me


From the Album The River In Reverse [With Allen Toussaint] (2006) (buy at amazon.com)
The River In Reverse [With Allen Toussaint]
On Your Way Down
Nearer To You
Tears, Tears And More Tears
The Sharpest Thorn
Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?
The River In Reverse
Freedom For The Stallion
Broken Promise Land
Ascension Day
International Echo
All These Things
Wonder Woman
Six-Fingered Man
The Greatest Love
Where Is The Love


From the Album My Flame Burns Blue (2006) (buy at amazon.com)
My Flame Burns Blue
Hora Decubitus
Favourite Hour
That's How You Got Killed Before
Upon A Veil Of Midnight Blue
Clubland
Almost Blue
Speak Darkly My Angel
Almost Ideal Eyes
Can You Be True?
Put Away Forbidden Playthings
Episode Of Blonde
My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count)
Watching The Detectives
God Give Me Strength


From the Album The Delivery Man (2004) (buy at amazon.com)
The Delivery Man
Button My Lip
Country Darkness
There's A Story In Your Voice
Either Side Of The Same Town
Bedlam
The Delivery Man
Monkey To Man
Nothing Clings Like Ivy
The Name Of This Thing Is Not Love
Heart Shaped Bruise
She's Pulling Out The Pin
Needle Time
The Judgement
The Scarlet Tide


From the Album Il Sogno (2004) (buy at amazon.com)
Il Sogno
Prelude
Overture
Puck One
The Court
Workers' Playtime
Oberon And Titania
The Conspiracy Of Oberon And Puck
Puck Two
The Identity Parade
The Face Of Bottom
The Spark Of Love
Tormentress
Oberon Humbeld
Twisted - Entangled - Transform And Exchange
The Fairy And The Ass
Sleep
The Play
The Wedding


From the Album North (2003) (buy at amazon.com)
North
You Left Me In The Dark
Someone Took The Words Away
When Did I Stop Dreaming?
You Turned To Me
Fallen
When It Sings
Still
Let Me Tell You About Her
Can You Be True?
When Green Eyes Turn Blue
I'm In The Mood Again
Impatience
Too Blue
North


From the Album When I Was Cruel (2002) (buy at amazon.com)
When I Was Cruel
45
Spooky Girlfriend
Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)
When I Was Cruel No. 2
Soul For Hire
15 Petals
Tart
Dust 2...
Dissolve
Alibi
...Dust
Daddy Can I Turn This?
My Little Blue Window
Episode Of Blonde
Radio Silence


From the Album For The Stars [With Anne Sofie Von Otter] (2001) (buy at amazon.com)
For The Stars [With Anne Sofie Von Otter]
No Wonder
Baby Plays Around
Rope
Green Song
I Want To Vanish
Shamed Into Love
Just A Curio
This House Is Empty Now
For The Stars


From the Album Painted From Memory (1998) (buy at amazon.com)
Painted From Memory
In The Darkest Place
Toledo
I Still Have That Other Girl
This House Is Empty Now
Tears At The Birthday Party
Such Unlikely Lovers
My Thief
The Long Division
Painted From Memory
The Sweetest Punch
What's Her Name Today?
God Give Me Strength


From the Album All This Useless Beauty (1996) (buy at amazon.com)
All This Useless Beauty
The Other End (Of The Telescope)
Little Atoms
All This Useless Beauty
Complicated Shadows
Why Can't A Man Stand Alone?
Distorted Angel
Shallow Grave
Poor Fractured Atlas
Starting To Come To Me
You Bowed Down
It's Time
I Want To Vanish


From the Album Kojak Variety (1995) (buy at amazon.com)
Kojak Variety
Strange
Hidden Charms
Remove This Doubt
I Threw It All Away
Leave My Kitten Alone
Everybody's Crying Mercy
I've Been Wrong Before
Bama Lama Bama Loo
Must You Throw Dirt In My Face
Pouring Water On A Drowning Man
The Very Thought Of You
Payday
Please Stay
Running Out Of Fools
Days
Step Inside Love
Sticks And Stones


From the Album Deep Dead Blue [With Bill Frisell] (1995) (buy at amazon.com)
Deep Dead Blue [With Bill Frisell]
Weird Nightmare
Shamed Into Love
Gigi
Deep Dead Blue


From the Album Brutal Youth (1994) (buy at amazon.com)
Brutal Youth
Pony Street
Kinder Murder
13 Steps Lead Down
This Is Hell
Clown Strike
You Tripped At Every Step
Still Too Soon To Know
20% Amnesia
Sulky Girl
London's Brilliant Parade
My Science Fiction Twin
Rocking Horse Road
Just About Glad
All The Rage
Favourite Hour


From the Album The Juliet Letters (1993) (buy at amazon.com)
The Juliet Letters
Deliver Us
For Other Eyes
Swine
Expert Rites
Dead Letter
I Almost Had A Weakness
Why?
Who Do You Think You Are?
Taking My Life In Your Hands
This Offer Is Unrepeatable
Dear Sweet Filthy World
The Letter Home
Jacksons, Monk And Rowe
This Sad Burlesque
Romeo's Seance
I Thought I'd Write To Juliet
Last Post
The First To Leave
Damnation's Cellar
The Birds Will Still Be Singing


From the Album Mighty Like A Rose (1991) (buy at amazon.com)
Mighty Like A Rose
The Other Side Of Summer
Hurry Down Doomsday (The Bugs Are Taking Over)
How To Be Dumb
All Grown Up
Invasion Hit Parade
Harpies Bizarre
After The Fall
Georgie And Her Rival
So Like Candy
Interlude: Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 2
Playboy To A Man
Sweet Pear
Broken
Couldn't Call It Unexpected No. 4


From the Album Spike (1989) (buy at amazon.com)
Spike
... This Town ...
Let Him Dangle
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
Veronica
God's Comic
Chewing Gum
Tramp The Dirt Down
Stalin Malone
Satellite
Pads, Paws And Claws
Baby Plays Around
Miss Macbeth
Any King's Shilling
Coal Train Robberies
Last Boat Leaving


From the Album Blood And Chocolate (1986) (buy at amazon.com)
Blood And Chocolate
Uncomplicated
I Hope You're Happy Now
Tokyo Storm Warning
Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head
I Want You
Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?
Blue Chair
Battered Old Bird
Crimes Of Paris
Poor Napoleon
Next Time 'Round
Seven Day Weekend
Forgive Her Anything
Baby's Got A Brand New Hairdo
American Without Tears #2 (Twilight Version)
A Town Called Big Nothing (Really Big Nothing)


From the Album King Of America (1986) (buy at amazon.com)
King Of America
Brilliant Mistake
Lovable
Our Little Angel
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Glitter Gulch
Indoor Fireworks
Little Palaces
I'll Wear It Proudly
American Without Tears
Poisoned Rose
The Big Light
Jack Of All Parades
Suit Of Lights
Sleep Of The Just
The People's Limousine
They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
Suffering Face
Shoes Without Heels
King Of Confidence
It Tears Me Up
The Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
Your Mind Is On Vacation / Your Funeral And My Trial


From the Album Goodbye Cruel World (1984) (buy at amazon.com)
Goodbye Cruel World
The Only Flame In Town
Home Truth
Room With No Number
Inch By Inch
Worthless Thing
Love Field
I Wanna Be Loved
The Comedians
Joe Porterhouse
Sour Milk-Cow Blues
The Great Unknown
The Deportees Club
Peace In Our Time
Turning The Town Red
Baby It's You
Get Yourself Another Fool
I Hope You're Happy Now
Motel Matches
Sleepless Nights
Deportee
Withered And Died


From the Album Punch The Clock (1983) (buy at amazon.com)
Punch The Clock
Let Them All Talk
Everyday I Write The Book
The Greatest Thing
The Element Within Her
Love Went Mad
Shipbuilding
TKO (Boxing Day)
Charm School
The Invisible Man
Mouth Almighty
King Of Thieves
Pills And Soap
The World And His Wife
Heathen Town
The Flirting Kind
Walking On Thin Ice
Town Where Time Stood Still
Shatterproof


From the Album Imperial Bedroom (1982) (buy at amazon.com)
Imperial Bedroom
Beyond Belief
Tears Before Bedtime
Shabby Doll
The Long Honeymoon
Man Out Of Time
Almost Blue
...And In Every Home
The Loved Ones
Human Hands
Kid About It
Little Savage
Boy With A Problem
Pidgin English
You Little Fool
Town Cryer
From Head To Toe
The World Of Broken Hearts
Night Time
Really Mystified
I Turn Around
Seconds Of Pleasure
The Stamping Ground
Imperial Bedroom


From the Album Almost Blue (1981) (buy at amazon.com)
Almost Blue
Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used To Do)?
Sweet Dreams
Success
I'm Your Toy
Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
Brown To Blue
Good Year For The Roses
Sittin' And Thinkin'
Colour Of The Blues
Too Far Gone
Honey Hush
How Much I Lied
He's Got You
Cry, Cry, Cry
There Won't Be Anymore
Sittin' And Thinkin'
Honey Hush
Psycho
Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven
Darling, You Know I Wouldn't Lie
My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
Tears Before Bedtime
I'm Your Toy


From the Album Trust (1981) (buy at amazon.com)
Trust
Clubland
Lover's Walk
You'll Never Be A Man
Pretty Words
Strict Time
Luxembourg
Watch Your Step
New Lace Sleeves
From A Whisper To A Scream
Different Finger
White Knuckles
Shot With His Own Gun
Fish 'N' Chip Paper
Big Sister's Clothes
Black Sails In The Sunset
Big Sister
Sad About Girls
Twenty-Five To Twelve
Love For Sale
Gloomy Sunday
Boy With A Problem (Demo)


From the Album Get Happy!! (1980) (buy at amazon.com)
Get Happy!!
Love For Tender
Opportunity
The Imposter
Secondary Modern
King Horse
Possession
Men Called Uncle
Clowntime Is Over
New Amsterdam
High Fidelity
I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
Black And White World
5ive Gears In Reverse
B Movie
Motel Matches
Human Touch
Beaten To The Punch
Temptation
I Stand Accused
Riot Act
Girls Talk
Clowntime Is Over
Getting Mighty Crowded
So Young
Just A Memory
Hoover Factory
Ghost Train
Dr. Luther's Assistant
Black And White World
Riot Act
Love For Tender


From the Album Armed Forces (1979) (buy at amazon.com)
Armed Forces
Accidents Will Happen
Senior Service
Oliver's Army
Big Boys
Green Shirt
Party Girl
Goon Squad
Busy Bodies
Sunday's Best
Moods For Moderns
Chemistry Class
Two Little Hitlers
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
My Funny Valentine
Tiny Steps
Clean Money
Talking In The Dark
Wednesday Week
Alison
Watching The Detectives


From the Album This Year's Model (1978) (buy at amazon.com)
This Year's Model
No Action
This Year's Girl
The Beat
Pump It Up
Little Triggers
You Belong To Me
Hand In Hand
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Lip Service
Living In Paradise
Lipstick Vogue
Night Rally
Radio Radio
Big Tears
Crawling To The U.S.A.
Running Out Of Angels
Green Shirt
Big Boys


From the Album My Aim Is True (1977) (buy at amazon.com)
My Aim Is True
Welcome To The Working Week
Miracle Man
No Dancing
Blame It On Cain
Alison
Sneaky Feelings
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Less Than Zero
Mystery Dance
Pay It Back
I'm Not Angry
Waiting For The End Of The World
Watching The Detectives
Radio Sweetheart
Stranger In The House
Imagination (Is A Powerful Deceiver)
Cheap Reward
Jump Up
Wave A White Flag
Poison Moon


Other Songs:
Abandoned Masquerade
Back On My Feet
Bright Blue Times
Brilliant Disguise
Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter
Come Away, Death
Couldn't You Keep That To Yourself
Dirty Rotten Shame
Don't Be Careless Love
Fake Tin Star
Fire Suite 1
Fire Suite 3
Fire Suite Reprise
Heart-Shaped Bruise
I Dreamed Of My Old Lover Last Night
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
I Throw My Toys Around
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
Less Than Zero (Dallas Version)
Lesson In Cruelty
Life Shrinks
Long Journey Home
Lost In The Stars
Lovers That Never Were
Mischievous Ghost
Miss Mary
Mistress And Maid
My Brave Face
My Dark Life
My Mood Swings
O, Mistress Mine
Oh Well
Party Party
Passionate Fight
Punishing Kiss
Put Your Big Toe In The Milk Of Human Kindness
Shadow And Jimmy
She (Tous Les Visages De L'Amour)
Soul For Hire (45 Alibis Version)
St. Stephen's Day Murders
Suspect My Tears
That Day Is Done
The Bridge I Burned
The Fall Of The World's Own Optimist
The King Of The Unknown Sea
The Night Before Larry Was Stretched
The Unfailing Welcome To The Voice
Tommy's Coming Home
Twenty-Five Fingers
Unwanted Number
What Do I Do Now?
When That I Was And A Little Tiny Boy
You Want Her Too


Elvis Costello Info:

Elvis Costello is an English singer-songwriter. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk & new wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s. -Wikipedia

Birth name:
Declan Patrick MacManus

Also known as:
D.P. Costello
The Imposter
Little Hands of Concrete
Napoleon Dynamite
Howard Coward

Born:
August 25th, 1954 ( age )

From:
Paddington, London, England

Genres:
Pub rock, new wave, punk rock, power pop

Occupations:
Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer

Instruments:
Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums

Years active:
1970-present

Spouse:
Diana Krall (m. 2003)
Cait O'Riordan (m. 1986-2002)
Mary Burgoyne (m. 1974-1984)


Associated acts:
The Attractions
The Imposters
Diana Krall
Burt Bacharach
Brodsky Quartet
Nick Lowe
Madness
The Strokes
The Specials
Squeeze
Paul McCartney
The Roots

Notable Instruments:
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Telecaster

Did you know:
• He's been a vegetarian since the early 1980s.

• He's a big football (soccer) fan, supporting Liverpool F.C., and has appeared on Channel 4's Football Italia as a pundit.

• Costello sits on the Advisory Board of the Board of Directors of the Jazz Foundation of America.

Elvis Costello Awards:
2003
Costello and The Attractions inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Elvis Costello Quotes:
And I don't feel any form of music is beyond me in the sense of that I don't understand it or I don't have some love for some part of it. 

And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit more curiosity than some, and went seeking out the original artists, or in some cases searching up country music. 

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even. 

I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies. 

I followed The Byrds a lot, and then when they did a country styled record it made me curious to know who these people were that they liked. 

I know that when I make a record like The Delivery Man as a contrast to even Il Sogno, this is going to reach a wider audience, because it communicates in that very direct way. 

I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons. People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley, and my stage name obviously would be provocative to some people in that area at that time. 

Maybe I just never learned my harmony part, because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me. 

Obviously I got known for some other songs early on, and some of those were rock'n'roll songs. Some of them were melodic pop songs. And I've done lots of different things, as you know, but every so often I get drawn back. 

Obviously the people that I admired, like the Beatles, were really into rock'n'roll, but it was already a little past rock'n'roll when I started listening and making my own choices about music. 

Really the only thing holding a lot of records together is the personality of the singer, and the will to write all of these different things. 

Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing. 

These are the sort of things that push you on in music - the curiosity, a passion for new ideas. 

Very similar experience happened last year when we released this album, North. It was on Deutsche Grammophon, it was very, very honest. It was the most honest record I've ever written. 

Well, I've had a lot of different experiences in music over the years. And not everything you do can satisfy everybody's idealised version of you. 

Women hear rhythm differently than men. 

You have to face the fact that I have no reputation as a composer; I have my reputation as a songwriter and a performer-and that opportunity came this summer, when I was invited to perform at the Lincoln Centre festival in New York... three nights. 


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