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Elvis Costello

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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Figure hanging on a leather band 
Cog consults the watch he cups in his hand 
Bejewelled movement measures lost and vanished time 
Pray for the boy who makes his bed in cold earth and quicklime 

So stay the hands, arrest the time 
Till I am captured by your touch 
Blessings I don't count 
Small mercies and such 
The flags may lower as we approach the favorite hour 

Now there's a tragic waste of brutal youth 
Strip and polish this unvarnished truth 
The tricky door that gapes beneath the ragged noose 
The crippled verdict begs again for the lamest excuse 


Put out my eyes so I may never spy 
Waving branches as they're waving goodbye 
Their vile perfume brings to my mouth a bitter taste 
The murmuring brooks had best speak up, it's a terrible waste 


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