Girls Talk

Elvis Costello

About Girls Talk

"Girls Talk" is a new wave song written by Elvis Costello. Originally written during the sessions for Costello's 1980 album Get Happy!!, the song was first recorded by Dave Edmunds in 1978. Costello gave an early version of the song to Edmunds, who reworked the song and released it on his album Repeat When Necessary. Edmunds' version peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart and #12 in Ireland. Costello later released his version of the song as a B-side to his version of "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down. " 


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There are some things you can`t cover up with lipstick and powder
I thought I heard you mention my name, can`t you talk any louder?
Don`t come any closer, don`t come any nearer
My vision of you can`t get any clearer
Oh, I just want to hear girls talk
I got a loaded imagination being fired by girls talk
But I can`t say the words you want to hear
I suppose you`re going to have to play it by ear
Right here and now

Girls talk and they want to know how
Girls talk and they say it`s not allowed
Girls talk, if they say that it`s so
Don`t you think that I know by now

That the word up on everyone`s lips
Stick that you`re dedicated
Though you may not be an old fashioned girl
You`re still going to get dated
Was it really murder?
Were you just pretending?
Lately I have heard you are the living end

Girls talk and they want to know about her
Girls talk, they want to know if I care
Girls talk and they want to know where
Girls talk girls talk

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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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