Shabby Doll

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Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) 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. Steeped in word play, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image". more »


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1989
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Giving you more of what for
Always worked for me before
Now I'm a shabby doll
What's going on behind the green elevator door
With just a shabby doll?

There's a hit man facing
A compromising situation
With just a shabby doll
And a very neat line in character assassination
She's just a shabby doll

She's just a shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
She's putting him off and putting you on (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just the shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just the shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
You're swearing upon, you know in your heart (she's just a shabby doll)
She's gone, you know in your heart (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just a shabby doll

There's a girl in this dress, there's always a girl in distress
She's just a shabby doll
She's so sure she's self-possessed
Then again she's half-undressed
She's just a shabby doll

The boy that I used to be showed no sign of sympathy
For just a shabby doll
I have betrayed you and me
And paid for my own bribery
With just a shabby doll

She's just a shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
She's putting him off and putting you on (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just the shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just the shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
You're swearing upon, you know in your heart (she's just a shabby doll)
She's gone, you know in your heart (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just a shabby doll

He's the tired toy that everyone's enjoyed
He wants to be a fancy man but he's nothing but a nancy boy
He's all pride and no joy

And being what you might call a whore
Always worked for me before
Now I'm a shabby doll
Untie the gag, the cat's out of the bag
But won't show his claws
He's just a shabby doll

She said you must be joking
Some things are left unspoken
You're just a shabby doll
He's lying limp and soaking
He was openly broken
By just a shabby doll

She's just a shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
She's putting him off and putting you on (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just the shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just the shabby doll (she's just a shabby doll)
You're swearing upon, you know in your heart (she's just a shabby doll)
She's gone, you know in your heart (she's just a shabby doll)
She's just a shabby doll
She's just a shabby doll
She's just a shabby doll

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Written by: ELVIS COSTELLO

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