Basement Kiss

Elvis Costello

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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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1994
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Lucy Grace can't show her face down in the North End Road 
For in Belgravia 
Rumors have been whispered and suggestions have been made 
Did you sell your friends out when the heat got too intense? 
You say you like the danger but it's only a pretense 
You say you need the money 
When everybody knows you can always fall back on your inheritance 
Did you bruise your arms on those false alarms 
Did you bruise your pride on his smile so wide? 
Only fingertips from forbidden bliss 
Did you bruise your lips in this basement kiss? 

Who's that sneaking 'round the door? 
You can't come here no more 
Can't you go home again? 
She used to sit alone for hours 
Spend her evenings watering dried flowers 

When her mother came to stay and finally went to bed 
Lucy Grace was in the front room shooting through your head 
She tried to take your breath away and give you something else instead 

Next year she'll serve her function in that Audrey Hepburn hat 
It still won't suit her much but she'll get over that 
She'll be pale and feign indifference as they're handling out the prizes 
Spilling Daddy's pearls of wisdom 
And her ugly sister's tranquillizers 

Why were you so tardy putting up your guard? 
When you hurt so easily and you try so hard 
Did you bruise your arms on those false alarms 
Did you bruise your pride on his smile so wide? 
Only fingertips from forbidden bliss 
Did you bruise your lips in this basement kiss?

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Written by: CAIT O'RIORDAN, ELVIS COSTELLO

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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