Stranger in the House

Elvis Costello

About Stranger in the House

"Stranger in the House" is a song composed by Elvis Costello. Costello recorded the song as a duet with country music star George Jones in the summer of 1978 for Jones' 1979 album My Very Special Guests. Costello also recorded a solo version recorded at a John Peel session on October 1978 which surfaced as a free 7" single with the first copies of his second album This Year's Model in the United Kingdom. According to Holly Jones-Warren's liner notes to the 2005 Legacy Records reissue of My Very Special Guests, Costello wrote the song specifically with Jones in mind, with the new wave star stating, "George Jones was my guiding light whenever I wrote in the country idiom. " 


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1980
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This never was one of the great romances
But I thought you`d always have those young girl`s eyes
But now they look in tired and bitter glances
At the ghost of a man who walks `round in my disguise

I get the feeling that I don`t belong here
But there`s no welcome in the window anyway
And I look down for a number on my key chain
`Cause it feels more like a hotel everyday

There`s a stranger in the house; nobody`s seen his face
But everybody says he`s taken my place
There`s a stranger in the house no one will ever see
But everybody says he looks like me

And now you say you've got no expectations
But I know you also miss those carefree days
And for all the angry words that passed between us
You still don`t understand me when I say

There`s a stranger in the house; nobody`s seen his face
But everybody says he`s taken my place
There`s a stranger in the house no one will ever see
But everybody says he looks like me

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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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