(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea

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Photographs of fancy tricks
To get your kicks at sixty-six
He thinks of all the lips that he licks
And all the girls that he's going to fix
She gave a little flirt, gave herself a little cuddle
But there's no place here for the mini-skirt waddle
Capital punishment, she's last year's model
They call her Natasha when she looks like Elsie
I don't want to go to Chelsea

Oh no, it does not move me
Even though I've seen the movie
I don't want to check your pulse
I don't want nobody else
I don't want to go to Chelsea

Everybody's got new orders
Be a nice girl and kiss the warders
Now the teacher is away
All the kids begin to play

Men come screaming, dressed in white coats
Shake you very gently by the throat
One's named Gus, one's named Alfie
I don't want to go to Chelsea

Oh no, it does not move me
Even though I've seen the movie
I don't want to check your pulse
I don't want nobody else
I don't want to go to Chelsea

Photographs of fancy tricks
To get your kicks at sixty-six
He thinks of all the lips that he licks
And all the girls that he's going to fix
She gave a little flirt, gave herself a little cuddle
But there's no place here for the mini-skirt waddle
Capital punishment, she's last year's model
They call her Natasha when she looks like Elsie
I don't want to go to Chelsea

Oh no, it does not move me
Even though I've seen the movie
I don't want to check your pulse
I don't want nobody else
I don't want to go to Chelsea

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1977-January 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 3, 1978
AlbumsThis Year's Model, 1978 (not on original US release)
Singles(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea, 1978
CollectionsTaking Liberties, 1980
The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello), 1985
Girls Girls Girls, 1989
2½ Years, 1993
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
Rock And Roll Music, 2007
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
SoundtracksThat Summer!, 1979
Americathon, 1979
The Grimleys, 2001
Various Artists collectionsThe History Of Rock: Vol. 39, 1986
The Sound Of The City, 1992
Pinkpop - 25 Jaar Pinkpop, 1994
The Best Punk Album In The World... Ever!, 1995
London On The Line, 1995
Punk Killer, 1995
La Fabuleuse Histoire Du Rock, 1995
The Best Of New Wave, 1997
Best Punk Anthems...Ever, 1998
Jubilee Punk! 3, 2002
The Complete Punk Collection: Cash From Chaos, 2002
Super 70's Rock, 2004
The Greatest Rock Album, 2004
The Punk Revolution Of Rock In 70's - UK Hits, 2006
Filter Magazine - Welcome To The Desert 2007, 2007
PromosUK Elvis Costello (2006), 2006
VideosThe Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005
Length3:09

First known performance:
July 21, 1977, Manchester, England
Last known performance:
2014
     (826 known performances, 16 as a snippet)


Alternate versions

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Basing Street Studios Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust 7, 1977, Basing Street Studios, London
ReleasedFebruary 19, 2002
AlbumsThis Year's Model (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
This Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
PromosSelections From This Year's Model - Blood & Chocolate - Brutal Youth, 2002
Length2:57

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Live 1977)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust 7, 1977, London, England
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2007
AlbumsMy Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition, 2007
Length3:03

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Live 1978 - Washington)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedFebruary 28, 1978, Washington, DC
ReleasedMarch 4, 2008
AlbumsThis Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
Length3:57

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Live 1978 - Toronto)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedMarch 6, 1978, Toronto, ON, Canada
Released1978 (promo-only release)
October 15, 1993 (commercial release)
AlbumsLive At The El Mocambo, 1978
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Length3:43

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Live 2002)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas
RecordedMay 1, 2002, BBC Television Centre, London
ReleasedDecember 4, 2003
VideosLater... with Jools Holland: Legends, 2003
Length3:12
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea (Live 2006)
Performed byElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
featuring The Imposters, Anthony "AB" Brown & The Crescent City Horns
Horn arrangementAllen Toussaint with The Crescent City Horns, Elvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Allen Toussaint - piano
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Anthony "AB" Brown - guitar
Amadee Castenell - saxophone
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle - saxophone
Joe "Foxx" Smith - trumpet
Sam "Big Sam" Williams - trombone
RecordedJuly 3, 2006, Montreal, QC, Canada
ReleasedDecember 5, 2006
VideosHot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade, 2006
This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea single(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea single(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Live At The El MocamboLive At The El Mocambo album cover.jpg

Americathon: Music From The Original Motion Picture SoundtrackAmericathon album cover large.jpg

Taking LibertiesTL album cover 200.jpg

The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello)TMBOEC album cover 170.jpg

Girls Girls GirlsGGG album cover 300.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A BladeHot As A Pistol Keen As A Blade DVD cover.jpg

Rock And Roll MusicRock And Roll Music album cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg

My Aim Is TrueMAIT UK initial album cover large.jpg

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Tommy Keene performed live, Knitting Factory tribute, 2003-03-27 2003 info
The Nutley Brass Beat On The Brass 1996 websiteDiscogsAmazon
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003- OliversArmyBand
The Posies performed live, Camden Dingwalls, 2001-03-05 2001 link
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